I do not. Everything is CRC'ed or checksummed or running ECC. Caches, packets, you name it. Almost all discrete GPUs use ECC, you were probably fooled by Quadro - its software ECC and only for extreme freaks, since GDDR3+ have ECC functionality. CPU is through and through ECC'ed, I don't know about system buses - I suspect they are. Hard drives caches are ECC'ed since ... eternity. SATA has CRCing. Hard drive low level logic does CRC on sectors. Even FS are now providing reliable transparent methods of detecting bit rot, mistakenly corrected by HDD logic for example, and fix that. The only one left non ECCed/CRCed in desktop is RAM. And a lot of stuff is projected into it, so it is worth it.
Originally Posted by EvilGuru
Last edited by brosis; 09-24-2013 at 02:58 PM.
Only 28nm fanless card local store is selling is Radeon 7750 which is overkill producing too much heat. That card wouldn't also fit into my current PC because of dual slot cooler.
Originally Posted by JS987
I'm watching available graphics card long time. There was always problem with fanless cards which usually have outdated GPU, slow memory or dual slot cooler.
PCI-Express, SAS, SATA, Firewire, Fibre Channel, and others all use 8/10b encoding, which has the inherent ability to detect single-bit errors. When you add CRC checking on top of that, it makes for an exceptionally high signalling fidelity. Data corruption due to signalling errors are effectively non-existant on these interfaces.
Originally Posted by brosis
System RAM is the weakest link.
Another point to consider on "is it worth it" is your usage pattern. If you reboot daily, or multiple times per week (like Microsoft OS's tend to do) then the error probability is reduced, since memory is wiped at power off or reboot. If you keep your system running 24/7 and rarely reboot, as many (most?) Linux desktop users tend to do, then it becomes more of an issue, since a potential memory error remains resident for an extended period of time.
Obviously in a server (non-Microsoft) scenario, where the OS may be up and running for months or even years at a time between reboots, the probability of a memory error is quite high, which explains why ECC memory is the defacto standard in every server, regardless of vendor.
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