Intel Speed Shift Support in Windows Server 2016

If you are gathering evidence to help make the case for a complete data platform upgrade in 2017, you want to find as much information as possible to bolster your argument. This post is meant to assist you in your efforts. By early-mid 2017, Windows Server 2016 will have been GA long enough to convince […]

CPU-Z 1.78 is Available

On November 21, CPU-Z 1.78 was released. This is a great tool for getting all the technical details about your processors and checking on their current clock speed. The main improvement in this version is support for Intel Kaby Lake processors, which are already available in the mobile space. It looks like the desktop version […]

Building a Desktop Workstation for SQL Server Development and Testing (August 2016)

Back in March of 2014, I wrote a fairly long blog post called Building a Workstation for SQL Server 2014 Development and Testing, with an updated version in September of 2015, both of which still generate quite a bit of hits and e-mail. Since it is now about twelve months later, I thought it was […]

Some Quick Comparative CrystalDiskMark Results

A few weeks ago, I built a new Intel Skylake desktop system that I am going to start using as my primary workstation in the near future. I have some details about this system as described in Building a Z170 Desktop System with a Core i7-6700K Skylake Processor. By design, this system has several different […]

Building a Z170 Desktop System with a Core i7-6700K Skylake Processor

Back when I started at SQLskills in May of 2012, I built myself a pretty nice Z77 chipset system with an Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge processor and 32GB of RAM, running Windows 7 Enterprise Edition. This system uses an ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard, with one 512GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD. It was about the […]