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KERBEROS

Wolfdale class, 2008

Current Status: Decommissioned / Dismantled

On 24th Jul 2008 Bellerophon suffered chronic systems failure and was decommissioned. Kerberos [Greek for Cerberus, a three-headed Hellhound in Greek/Roman mythology] was designed and constructed in-house by VerTecX21 as a replacement using all of Bellerophon's peripheral equipment and much of it's internal components as the new Secondary System.

Kerberos, a Core2 Duo unit on a P35 chipset was specifically designed with a similar family of components to Maxximus the Main Computer at the time. This was so that when Maxximus [an older but more powerful unit] would inevitably be replaced by a new Main Computer and would be cycled out to Secondary System, Kerberos would be decommissioned and could donate
some of it's components to provide upgrades to Maxximus for it's new role on VerTecXneT.

As theorised, Kerberos was decommissioned on 15th Jan 2012 after 3.5 years of service, was dismantled and donated it's Motherboard, RAM, HDDs and CPU cooler to Maxximus.

Specification for Kerberos, finalised: July 25th 2008

CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT: Intel "Wolfdale" Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz, Socket LGA775 with L2 Advanced Smart Cache - 6 MB

MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G, (Intel P35 / Intel ICH9R), GbLAN, 1x PCI-E x16

POWER SUPPLY: Seasonic M12-500 Modular PSU w/120mm fan

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

GRAPHICS PROCESSING UNIT: Sapphire Radeon HD2400PRO 256MB, PCI-Express, 64bit + ATI Radeon 7000 PCI 32MB DDR

CPU COOLING: Thermaltake Blue Orb II CPU Cooler, 17dBA

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

Components from Bellerophon:

HARD DISK DRIVES: Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120GB S-ATA 8MB cache 7200RPM NCQ + Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB SATA 8MB 7200RPM, (370Gb Total Storage Capacity)

OPTICAL DRIVE: Liteon 16x DVD-ROM SOHD-16P9S

AUDIO PROCESSING UNIT: Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS, PCI Soundcard, THX Certified, 7.1 Channel, 24-bit/192KHz

OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) 32bit.

Peripheral Devices:

DISPLAYS:

  • Philips 19" LCD 190S5FS, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 12ms

  • Samsung 19" LCD Syncmaster 913N TCO03, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 8ms

  • Acer 15" LCD AL1511S TCO99, 1024 x 768 / 75 Hz, 25ms

 

Significant changes to original specification:

22/04/09: Upgraded Operating System to Windows 7 Ultimate RC1 Beta [Build 7100] 32bit

10/06/09: Removed ATI Radeon 7000 [Compatibility Issues with Win 7]

10/06/09: Installed DisplayLink USB 2.0 to DVI/VGA/HDMI Graphics Adapter Converter [to power 3rd Display]


Current status of parts:

ATI Radeon 7000: Mothballed 10/06/09

Core 2 Duo E8400: In storage

Gigabyte GA-P35-S3G: Installed in Maxximus 15/02/12

Seasonic M12-500: In storage

Corsair XMS2 6400C4: Installed in Maxximus 15/02/12

Sapphire Radeon HD2400PRO: In storage

Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS: Unknown

Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 120GB S-ATA: Installed in Maxximus 15/02/12

Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB SATA: Installed in Maxximus 15/02/12

Thermaltake Blue Orb II: Installed in Maxximus 15/02/12

Gigabyte 3D Aurora GZ-FSCA1-AN Black: Disposed July 2012

Philips 19" LCD 190S5FS: Installed in Maxximus 15/02/12

Samsung 19" LCD Syncmaster 913N: Installed in Maxximus 15/02/12

Acer 15" LCD AL1511S: Installed in Maxximus 15/02/12


Costing:

The total cost of all new initial components for the Kerberos system was €527.51 (UK£415.60) (US$821.54)