Not the first time I fell for AMD’s ‘Hype Machine’, but at least this time it was just about testing their Ryzen™ hype ‘n not actually having another AMD processor in my main computer. I really fell for their hype on a 2006 build ‘n over the next 4-10 years I slowly discovered that AMD processors were terrible at ‘Desktop Duty’.

Maybe they’re good at gaming ‘n building a Linux kernel…I dunno, since not doing either. Anyway, I have a Ryzen™ 9 3900X in the ‘CM130’ computer ‘n a AMD A9-9420 in ‘Ace the Laptop’ so there is no need for a 3rd AMD test computer.

Thusly, ‘Apevia’ was stripped of the Ryzen™ 5 3400G and that MoBo…they were purchased to see how cheap a “Budget” AMD build would be – see the Ryzen™ ‘Stuff‘ page for more info. It was during that time that I found out how incompatible AMD ‘n Linux could be with each other. Both are terrible at working with each other, IMHO, especially with anything new from either of them. AMD has always gotten along fine with Microsoft Windows, but was never as ‘Snappy’ on my desktops as Intel was…AMD is OK, but you can literally see the difference at ‘Desktop Duty’ performance.

For example: in the $19.99 Case vs ‘da Rest – ‘in a *FAST* moving Computer Age’ post I tested an old (Q4′17) Intel® i7-8700 CPU against the newer Ryzen™ 9 3900X ‘n had these results:

With the ‘Apevia’ computer’s new Upgrade/Rebuild I went with the Intel® i9-10900K CPU which blows those two above processors outta ‘Da Water in all benchmark tests. At some point – probably early 2022 – I will move this build into the ‘Rose’ computer, and then go with Intel’s pending release of Alder Lake. I actually want to add the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition to that build, but that move would require GPU prices coming back down. I’m on EVGA’s notify list…for like 4 different GPU’s, including the GeForce RTX 3080 at $879.99, but who knows if ‘n when any of them become available!?! Fortunately, I have enough decent GPU’s to hold me over until the GeForce RTX™ 30 Series become more available.

  • The Progressions of the Linux Newbie Blog is about to go thru another change ‘n a change of direction, and this new ‘Apevia’ Upgrade/Rebuild is a big part of these pending changes. More on that in another post.

Apevia’ now has:

1) Apevia X-Qpack3-NW-BK case

2) Intel® i9-10900K CPU – (*NEW*)

3) ASUS Prime Z490M-PLUS MoBo – (*NEW*)


5) 16GB of PNY DDR4 2400MHz memory

6) Kingwin Hot Swap Mobile Rack w/USB 3.0 Hub – (*NEW*)

7) Kingwin KF-251-BK Dual-Bay

8) Rosewill ARC-550 – ARC Series 550W Power Supply

9) Noctua’s NH-U9S which does an excellent job of cooling the CPU

  • NOTE: Three new components.

That’s about it…have front ‘n rear PWM controlled fans, but it’s a quiet machine. As noted on the *Karmi’s Daily Blog Log* page yesterday – “installed everything ‘n then installed the $10.30 WIN10 Pro OEM (from URcdkey), and then Activated it.” Still tweaking, adding ‘n testing this morning, but am about to make the ‘Apevia’ my main-working computer, which will run Linux ‘n WIN10 Pro separately, and have LibreOffice as the only office suite (more on that in another post).

Antec Jr.’ is also a main computer in these changes…a sorta 1a ‘n 1b situation, but with ‘Antec Jr.’ mainly handling all DATA ‘n its backing up, banking, all personal ‘n privacy activity, Doctors, (etc.?), and also as the main force holding this attempt to ‘Merge’ Microsoft and Open Source Software.

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!