Are all the PCI cards on the one riser? ie 3 cards on one pci slot? Could that cause skipping?
Yes, the three cards PCI cards are in one riser card. As far as I understand it, the bandwidth in the PCI bus remains a constant regardless of where the cards are plugged. As long as the three cards in the riser don't exceed the available bandwidth you shouldn't see slowdown; even if they're all technically plugged into the same slot. I didn't notice any obvious or unexpected slowdown with the performance of the cards though (even when using all three at once)
Hope that helps!
I wonder how long HP will carry this one. I also wonder if the Sony Digital Living System is any good
I hope HP keeps their Digital Entertainment Center product line. The Z556 is a perfect system to recommend to my non computer savvy friends who want a decent HTPC but can't build one of their own. Heck, it's really well built and it's cheap enough to tempt even a die hard builder like myself!
Looks like the z556 may already be gone. HP's site shows only the slightly beefier z558
That's too bad. The Z556 is a bargain! Well, as long as they are still available get 'em while they're hot I guess. 8) The Z558 boasts a faster CPU and doubles the storage space in an HP personal media drive