Thursday, December 02


Sentient Ribbon Inbound

I've been pricing up different configs for my new development lab for something like three months, and last night I decided the hell with it and ordered another Inspiron 16 Plus.

Same config - 8-core i7 11800H, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, RTX 3060.  Windows 10 Pro.  Should arrive just before Christmas.

I'll be upgrading both with an extra 32GB of RAM and a 4TB QLC secondary SSD.  (While I'd rather avoid QLC, at that size the SLC cache is huge and performance and endurance are actually pretty good.  And 4TB TLC options are limited and pricey.)

The idea is that one will primarily be my desktop system and the other will primarily run Linux VMs, but they'll have identical configs so that either one can do it all.

That will leave me with 128GB of DDR4 SODIMMs from the two laptops and my two old desktops, so I'll be looking for some cheap NUCs to complete the lab with a Linux cluster.

First Inspiron 16 is named Sana, new one will be Pomu.  The Inspiron 14 is Pina.  Yes, I do have a lot of new computers all of a sudden.

Side note: Two Dell Inspiron 16s each with 64GB RAM* and 5TB of SSD cost around $100 less than one 16" MacBook Pro with 64GB RAM and 4TB of SSD.  On the other hand the MacBook Pro CPU is around 8% faster, so Apple has that going for them.

* And a 6GB RTX 3060.

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