AMD Ryzen 9 7900X – CPU Review

The AMD Ryzen 9 7900X is an excellent CPU. It is a good CPU for a Business motherboard. There are different places where you can buy it. The 4 prices I will show you are from Amazon, New Egg, Best Buy, and from the AMD website.

Amazon: It Costs $549.00. It has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon.

New Egg: It cost $548.99. It has a 4.8-egg rating on New Egg.

Best Buy: It cost $549.99. It has a 4.8-star rating on Best Buy.

AMD Website: It cost $549.00.  It does not have a rating on there website.

The specifications of this CPU are really good with the most important being:

  • Socket: AM5
  • Clockspeed: 4.7 GHz
  • Cores: 12
  • Threads: 24
  • Cache per CPU Package:
    • L1 Instruction Cache: 12 x 32 KB
    • L1 Data Cache: 12 x 32 KB
    • L2 Cache: 12 x 1024 KB
    • L3 Cache: 64 MB

Its Passmark rating is based on value. It is the best value CPU for a motherboard such as the ASRock B650E PG RIPTIDE WIFI Motherboard has a combined rating of 52041 and a single thread rating of 4284.

Note: This review is part of a classroom project.



Expanding Ubuntu 22.04 Drive Via Terminal

  • Assumptions
    • You need to resize a drive without a GUI.
    • You have made some backup of your VM/Physical drive
  • Notes
    • I got locked out of my Ubuntu Desktop GUI for this tutorial and have to putty to the machine as shown in the image below.
  • List you disks
    • df -h
      • You will get a large output but you need to look for something similar to this
  • Find the partition that is out of space. (mine was /dev/sda3/)
    • sudo fdisk /dev/sda
  • Delete and remake the partition (YOU WILL NOT LOSE DATA), mine was partition 3
    • d
      • delete a partition
    • 3
      • Partition 3
    • n
      • Make a new partition
    • 3
      • Make it partition 3
      • Specifying the starting and ending blocks. I want the default so I press enter for both questions.
    • Y
      • Yes, delete the signature
    • w
      • Write the changes.
    • Control + C
      • Exit fdisk
  • Resize the file system
    • sudo resize2fs /dev/sda3
  • Verify the changes were made
    • df -h
      • The new size of your file system will be shown.

Docker Management

  • Assumptions
    • You have installed and configured docker using the documentation here.
  • Install Docker Desktop
    • Docker Desktop is a Windows solution to having the docker engine on Windows 10/11 (THIS CAN NOT RUN ON WINDOWS SERVERS) and can be downloaded here.
    • After running the install, there will be a checkbox asking if you want to run it using WSL2, uncheck this as most Windows systems don’t have this downloaded by default and HyperV works just as well.
    • After installing and restarting, move on
  • Install DockStation
    • This is a GUI for creating, managing, and deleting Docker containers on both remote and local Docker Hosts.
    • To install this, go the the web address here and download the Windows executable. Just run the .exe file and click next until the app is installed.
  • DockStation Configuration
    • Now that you have DockStation installed, you need to connect it to your remote server.
    • To do this go to the “Containers” top and go to the top left and edit the machine it is connected to (changing it from localhost).
    • You will then add a new connection and log in via “SSH”. You will enter the IP address of your docker host and enter a username that has access to the docker application on that host (I am going to use root).
    • You then need to make sure you have the correct connection selected and click “connect” to connect to the Docker instance.
    • Once you log in, you will be able to view your docker machines, create new ones, connect to the shell of these machines, delete them, monitor them, and so on.

Swapping HDD On LSI MegaRAID 9361-8i

  • Assumptions
    • You have powered down the machine (safely of course)
    • The server is unplugged and residual power has been drained.
  • Find the broken drive
    • This is indicated via the red LED on the front of the drive bays.
    • Remove the drive from the drive bay and replace it with a drive of the EXACT same model. If it is a different model, it can not be added as a hot spare, only as an “Up Good” drive.
  • Power on the Server
    • As the server powers on, it will conduct tests such as normal POST and gather information on the RAID controller. As the machine powers on, you will eventually come to the following screen after some minutes of booting.
    • Once this screen comes up, press “CTRL + R” to enter the raid controller settings. The screen will look like the following.
    • Once you get to this screen, press enter to enter the primary RAID controller settings.
  • Configure the drive and add it as a Hot Spare
    • Once you are in the RAID controller, it will look somewhat like the following.
    • As you can see, there are only THREE hot swap drives. We need to add the new drive to act as the fourth spare.
    • To do this, tab over to “PD Mgmt” to see all of the disks. The screen will look as follows.
    • Here you can see a list of all drives connected to the RAID controller. The one in the”JBOD” state is going to be the drive that needs to be changed.
    • To do this, press “F2” while hovering the drive to bring up the options. You will then be presented with the following menu.
    • In this menu, you will select “Make Unconfigured Good” to change the drive to an “Up Good” state. You will then go back to the menu to make it a Hot Spare.
    • Once you are back to this menu, select “Make Global HS” to make it a Hot Spare for all virtual drives.
    • You can then go back to “VD Mgmt” and expand the “Hot Spare Drives” section to see your new hot spare!
  • Reboot the Server
    • You can now reboot the machine and bring it back to full operation!

Docker Install and Configuration

  •  Assumptions
    • You have an Ubuntu 22.04 Linux server created
      • 4GB of RAM
      • 30GB of Drive Storage
  • Install Docker
    • sudo apt-get update
    • sudo apt-get install ca-certificates curl gnupg
    • sudo install -m 0755 -d /etc/apt/keyrings
    • curl -fsSL | sudo gpg --dearmor -o /etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg
    • sudo chmod a+r /etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg
    • echo \
        "deb [arch=$(dpkg --print-architecture) signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/docker.gpg] \
        $(. /etc/os-release && echo "$VERSION_CODENAME") stable" | \
        sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list > /dev/null
    • sudo apt-get update
    • sudo apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli docker-buildx-plugin docker-compose-plugin
  • Add Current User to Docker Group
    • By default, only the root user can do docker commands, you need to add your current user to the docker group in order to allow it to run docker commands.
      • sudo groupadd docker
      • sudo gpasswd -a $USER docker
      • newgrp docker
  • Test Docker installation
    • docker run hello-world
      • This command runs a test docker container to see if your installation functions normally. The output should look like the image below


This Motherboard is the Msi Z690 Carbon WIFI.


I have not had this motherboard for a long time and I have had a blast with this new motherboard for my pc. It has made my games and websites run so smoothly, it has made streaming games really easy for me. This motherboard has plenty of memory with it being DDR5, it also has 4 memory slots. This motherboard cost $249.99, this motherboard has free shipping on Newegg.

On Newegg this motherboard has a 4.5 out of 5 ratings on Newegg. There is only 6% of people on Newegg that vote 1 egg, 2% of people vote 2 eggs, 3% of people vote 3 eggs,  13% of people say 4 eggs, 76% of people vote 5 eggs.

I strongly recommend this motherboard to experienced pc gamers/streams. This motherboard will let your pc and or streams run super smoothly for you. I will not be using a new motherboard for a longtime because of this one.

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Gigabyte AMD B450 AORUS PRO

The Gigabyte AMD B450 AORUS PRO Motherboard is a business motherboard that is $146.90 on Newegg as of December 1st, 2023. I think that this business motherboard is at a great price because its not too expensive but not to cheap to where you think that its a ripoff. This motherboard has everything that you would need for what you are doing on your pc.

This motherboard supports AMD processors and AM4 sockets. I also like how this motherboard can support a max memory of 64GB. Another reason that this motherboard is good is because the form factor is ATX. Also this motherboard has 7.1 channels and it has DDR4 ram. You will be able to find the rest of the specifications here.  I would recommend this motherboard for any business that is looking to upgrade their motherboards.


“B450 AORUS PRO (rev. 1.0) Key Features | Motherboard – GIGABYTE Global.” Gigabyte, Accessed 4 December 2023.

“Gigabyte AMD B450 AORUS PRO Socket AM4 DDR4 ATX Motherboard (B450 Aorus Pro).” Newegg, Accessed 4 December 2023.

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.

ASRock Z690 Pro Motherboard Review

The Z690 Pro  Intel Motherboard is produced by ASRock and it is awesome. This motherboard is $119.99 on NewEgg and is well worth the price.  The motherboard looks amazing in a black and grey colorway, with a splash of blue and purple glowing lights. When I saw this motherboard it just stood out from the others and when I looked at the specifications I was blown away.

This Motherboard uses Intel’s 1700 CPU socket and can support the newest CPUs from a 12th-generation CPU to a 14th-generation CPU. The Motherboard looks great in my white PC case. The different contrast in colors makes it stand out.

The Motherboard comes with many functions to help you advance. The motherboard is good how it is or you can add different graphics to make your PC more of a gamer or a really nice home or work motherboard. Since I bought this motherboard I have been very happy with it. It allows me to do everything I need to. I can stick up to 4 sticks of ram into this motherboard adding up to the Max of 128GB.

This Motherboard Has good reviews from people who have bought it. This Motherboard comes with integrated components which allows you to get started faster on your build to using your computer. Instead of waiting to use your motherboard till you have bought a graphics card, you could get this motherboard that comes with onboard graphics.

This Motherboard has 6 of USBs for your accessories that you will plug into your PC. you will have 7.1 channels of freaking audio to give you the ability to use whatever sound system that you desire.


ASRock Z690 Pro RS.


Note: This review is part of a classroom project.

MSI MAG B650M MORTAR WIFI AM5 AMD B650 Motherboard Review


After purchasing the MSI MAG B650M MORTAR motherboard and testing it out, I would suggest buying this motherboard. This motherboard is only 199.99 on Newegg and it did everything I wanted it to do. You can also go to the MSI website to see all specification on this amazing motherboard. 

The MSI MAG B650M MORTAR runs on an AMD B650 chipset that will support the AM5 Ryzen 7000 series. This motherboard has 4 different memory slots where you can put in 192 GB. This was extremely helpful and gave me more memory space. The memory was able to have a 4800 memory speed non-overclocked. This Motherboard also had 2 different M.2 slots and 6 different SATA ports.

I was very happy with the Integrated components that I was able to access for this motherboard. I was able to have access to 8 different USB ports and it even had a type-c. It had 4, 2.0 ports and 3 USB 3.2’s.

This motherboard has 6 total PCI-e ports that could be used. It had 2 PCI-e x16 slots, 1 PCI-e x1 slot. It had 3 other PCI-e ports that run from the CPU and Chipset. Overall I was very happy with this motherboard and it was able to run all of my games and business websites.

This motherboard is rated a 4.1 out of 5 eggs on Newegg. This motherboard is a solid motherboard and will do everything you need it to do. I really do recommend that you buy this motherboard.

NOTE: This is part of a school project.



Works Cited

“MAG B650M MORTAR WIFI.” All Rights Reserved.,

“MSI MAG B650M MORTAR WIFI AM5 AMD B650 SATA 6Gb/S DDR5 Ryzen 7000 Micro ATX Motherboard –”,

GIGABYTE Z790 UD AC Motherboard Review

The GIGABYTE Z790 UD AC is a gaming motherboard being sold on newegg for $200 but is currently on sale for $189. It supports Intel® Core™ 14th/ 13th /12th processors and has a LGA 1700 socket, you can find the support list here. It also has DDR5 memory support, you can find the full list here.

I was very excited when this finally came in the mail, I’ve been waiting for it for a while. The box wasn’t in the greatest condition but I won’t blame that on GIGABYTE. GIGABYTE is one of my favorite motherboard companies so I was expecting a lot from them. Other than the box being kind of dented, the unboxing process was very smooth.

Everything was perfectly fine inside the box, thankfully GIGABYTE has a 3-year warranty to protect me from anything bad happening to my motherboard. The installation process was pretty weird, even for me who has been installing motherboards for years. There was a missing screw but thankfully I had a spare. I think the installation is a little hard for any beginners out there but the best part is the motherboard’s performance.

GIGABYTE has perfected motherboards by making the best ones out there that rarely have issues. My motherboard has yet to crash and it works flawlessly. I honestly might use it as my main motherboard. It also has great features on its back panel. It has lots of USB ports for my mouse and keyboard, HDMI that works with my monitor, and LAN for my internet needs. Overall, this is a great motherboard for any gamer out there, I give it a 4/5


Alkhayer, Tarek. “GIGABYTE Z790 UD AC LGA 1700 Intel Z790 ATX Motherboard with DDR5, Triple M.2, PCIe 5.0, USB 3.2 Gen2X2 Type-C, Intel Wi-Fi, 2.5GbE LAN, PCIe EZ-Latch, Multi-Key.”, Accessed 1 December 2023.
“Z790 UD AC (rev. 1.0) Key Features | Motherboard – GIGABYTE Global.” Gigabyte, Accessed 1 December 2023.
“Z790 UD AC (rev. 1.0) Support | Motherboard – GIGABYTE Global.” Gigabyte, Accessed 1 December 2023.
“Z790 UD AC (rev. 1.0) Support | Motherboard – GIGABYTE Global.” Gigabyte, Accessed 1 December 2023.

Note: This is for a school project