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MAXXIMUS

Kentsfield class, 2007

Current Status: Active - Entertainment System

Maxximus [a deliberately altered spelling of the Latin - maximus (meaning "greatest")] represented a significant technology leap for VerTecX21 over Bellerophon when it was commissioned in 2007. It was the first machine to be designed over a six month period and constructed exclusively by VerTecX21 Labs under Ciaran Creedon himself with input from Mr. J. Meade and Mr. M. Whitehouse.

Boasting the first ever Intel quad-core desktop CPU nestled on an IP35 chipset, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a PCI-E GPU with 640Mb of GDDR3 VRAM, a modular 600w PSU and a 24" LCD HD display with which to see the Windows Vista OS. it was described as "most impressive" by peers including Mr. J. Dutton and Mr. E. Twohig upon it's construction on 11th Sep 2007.

Maxximus received significant upgrades in 2009 in the form of a Blu-Ray player and a Logitech LX 8 Cordless Laser Mouse which was the first VerTecXneT wireless device. It was again significantly upgraded on 15th Jan 2012 when it was replaced by Apophis as main computer.

On 12th Jul 2015 before it was scheduled to be replaced as the Secondary System and after slowing processes and a series of RAM failures, Maxximus was given what is projected to be it's final upgrade to keep it running at maximum efficiency to serve in a new role as an Entertainment System.


Original specification for Maxximus, finalised: August 30th 2007

CPU: Intel "Kentsfield" Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz, Socket LGA775, Stepping B3 with L2 Advanced Smart Cache - 8 MB ( 2 x 4MB (4MB per core pair) )

MOTHERBOARD: ABIT IP35 PRO, (Intel P35 Express / Intel ICH9R), Silent Otes2, 2xGbLAN, 2x PCI-E x16

PSU: Seasonic M12-600 Modular PSU

RAM: Corsair XMS2 6400C4 Xtreme Performance DDR2, 2Gb (2x 1Gb) 240 pin DIMM with E.P.P Technology

GPU: XFX GeForce 8800GTS 500M 640MB GDDR3, PCI-Express, 2x DVI / HDTV / HDCP, 320-bit

AUDIO PROCESSING UNIT: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer, EAX advanced HD, DTS, Dolby Digital EX and THX certified with 24-bit Crystalizer,

HDD: 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500Gb,  SATA 3Gb/s, 16MB buffer, 7200RPM spindle,  (1Tb Total Storage Capacity)

OPTICAL DRIVE: NEC DVD-recorder ND-3500A IDE, DVD±RW (+R DL), Read 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD), Write 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD+R DL), Rewrite 24x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW)

CPU COOLING: Thermaltake BigTyp 120 VX, 16-24dBA

CASING: Gigabyte 3D Aurora GZ-FSCA1-AN Silver Aluminium Full Tower Body with 3x 12cm fans.

DISPLAY: LG 24" LCD L245WP-BN TCO-99, 1920x1200 native resolution, 8ms response, VGA / HDMI / HDCP

OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium OEM 32bit

 

Significant changes to original specification:

02/06/09 - Installed Logitech LX 8 Cordless Laser Mouse [First VerTecXneT wireless device]

29/07/09 - Upgraded Optical Drive to Liteon IHES208-31 SATA Lightscribe Blu-ray reader combo DVD writer, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-ROM Single or Double layer, DVD-ROM and CD-ROM read and double layer DVD+/- R9 recording; DVD +/-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD+/-R DL, DVD-RAM, CD-R, CD-RW writing.

09/11/09 - Upgraded Operating System To Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.

14/01/12 - Removed LG 24" LCD L245WP-BN [Monitor Malfunction]

14/01/12 - Attached Samsung 19" LCD Syncmaster 913N TCO03, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 8ms

25/01/12 - Removed Samsung 19" LCD Syncmaster 913N TCO03, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 8ms

25/01/12 - Attached Dell UltraSharp U2412M 61cm (24'') monitor VGA,DVI-DP (1920x1200) Black [New monitor]

15/02/12 - Installed Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G, (Intel P35 / Intel ICH9R), GbLAN, 1x PCI-E x16 [Mainboard Upgrade]

15/02/12 - Installed Corsair XMS2 6400C4 Xtreme Performance DDR2, 2Gb (2x 1Gb) 240 pin DIMM with E.P.P Technology [Increasing total RAM to 4Gb]

15/02/12 - Upgraded Operating System To Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

15/02/12 - Inatalled Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120GB S-ATA 8MB cache 7200RPM NCQ + Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB SATA 8MB 7200RPM, [HDD downgrade]

15/02/12 - Changed CPU cooler to Thermaltake Blue Orb II CPU Cooler, 17dBA

15/02/12 - Detached Dell UltraSharp U2412M 61cm (24'') monitor VGA,DVI-DP (1920x1200) Black [Required for Apophis]

15/02/12 - Attached LG 24" LCD L245WP-BN TCO-99, 1920x1200 native, 8ms response, VGA / HDMI / HDCP + Philips 19" LCD 190S5FS, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 12ms + Samsung 19" LCD Syncmaster 913N TCO03, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 8ms [3 Displays]

15/02/12 - Installed NEC DVD-recorder ND-3500A [Optical drive downgrade]

15/02/12 - Installed Display-Link USB 2.0 to DVI/VGA/HDMI Graphics Adapter Converter [to power 3rd Display]

01/10/14 - Uninstalled Corsair XMS2 6400C4 Xtreme Performance DDR2, 1Gb 240 pin DIMM with E.P.P Technology [RAM failure]

01/03/15 - Uninstalled Corsair XMS2 6400C4 Xtreme Performance DDR2, 1Gb 240 pin DIMM with E.P.P Technology [RAM failure]

11/07/15 - Installed OCZ GOLD Series Desktop Gaming Memory RAM OCZ2G8002GK DDR2 4x1GB [RAM upgrade]

11/07/15 - Installed Corsair Force 3 120GB 2.5" SATA-600 SSD

20/09/15 - Detached LG 24" LCD L245WP-BN TCO-99, 1920x1200 native, 8ms response, VGA / HDMI / HDCP + Philips 19" LCD 190S5FS, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 12ms + Samsung 19" LCD Syncmaster 913N TCO03, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 8m [Maxximus will no longer require PC monitors]

20/09/15 - Uninstalled Display-Link USB 2.0 to DVI/VGA/HDMI Graphics Adapter Converter [required by Apophis]


Status of parts not in current spec:

Corsair XMS2 6400C4 Xtreme Performance DDR2, 1Gb 240 pin DIMM with E.P.P Technology: Disposed 01/03/15

LG 24" LCD L245WP-BN TCO-99, 1920x1200 native resolution, 8ms response, VGA / HDMI / HDCP: In storage 20/09/15

Philips 19" LCD 190S5FS, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 12ms + Samsung 19" LCD Syncmaster 913N TCO03, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 8m: Attached to Apophis 20/09/15


Costing:
The total cost of all new components for the Maxximus system was €2302.52  (UK£1 561.11) (US$3133.73) [Aug 30th 2007 exchange rate]