Wednesday, February 09



So, I have two new laptops, or rather, two new beeg laptops, Sana and Pomu.*

Both came with 32GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD, and I upgraded them to 64GB and added a 4TB secondary SSD to Sana.

I was about to order the same SSD for Pomu - I put it in my cart yesterday - and when I went to check out this morning it was gone.  Other supplier?  Out of stock.  Amazon? Out of stock.

Well, what 4TB drives can I buy?

How about a better model, cheaper**, from the same manufacturer?  TLC rather than QLC?


Yeah, okay.  Sana is mostly going to run Windows and Pomu will be hosting Linux VMs, so that works.  A good QLC drive is fine for typical Windows stuff but not ideal for server workloads.  Unlikely to be a problem running my development environments but TLC is still better.

Arriving tomorrow.

Also was planning to get a 4x8TB RAID array*** but decided at the last minute to make it a 5x8TB array.  That will arrive soon too.  That will be everything I need, except for the time to set it all up.

* There's also Pina, a thin-and-light laptop provided by work.  Pina is smol.

** Actually slightly more expensive than the original supplier, but considerably cheaper than the second one.  And hundreds of dollars cheaper than other 4TB TLC models, which is why I was willing to go QLC in the first place.****

*** USB rather than NAS, and cheap SMR drives.  I'll get a new NAS with good drives some other time.  

**** Price just jumped by 50%.  After my order was placed, paid, and confirmed.  Appears that I lucked out on this one.  Huh.  Did they just sell it to me at the US price but in Aussie dollars?  Shoulda bought two.

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1 Put an RX 6800 from Best Buy in my cart this weekend--ship for free, arriving 2/14, or ship for $26, and arrive on 2/8, or pickup at local store on 2/11.  By the time I got to checkout & pay it was suddenly no longer available to ship.  Now I guess I get to drive partway into Houston for lunch Friday.  Got it for "only" $1100 + tax, but no spending months faffing around with Newegg's shuffle.

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, February 09 2022 01:09 PM (Z0GF0)

2 It's the year of "Throw it in the cart and click BUY".  It's easier to return stuff than it is to buy it in the first place.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, February 09 2022 01:26 PM (PiXy!)

3 Clearly.
Oh well, I only have to wait an extra 3 days.  Also, prices have come down a tiny bit very recently, and supply is starting to show up.  The last couple of weeks, Best Buy actually has had high-end cards.  (I got my son a 6700 XT in December.  They had one in stock.  I bought it for pickup and got right in the car to go get it.)  Micro Center's had 6000 series for a couple of months and a few 3000s in the last couple of weeks.

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, February 09 2022 03:10 PM (Z0GF0)

4 Ten minutes before the store--which is a half-hour drive away--closed, they texted me it was ready for pickup, so I get it a day early.  And curbside is available an hour before the store opens, somehow.

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, February 10 2022 11:52 AM (Z0GF0)

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