PC-3000. Best PC configuration for ACE Lab products (article will be regularly updated in future)

Recently, users have been asking about the most comfortable hardware configuration for using PC-3000 Flash, PC-3000 Express or PC-3000 UDMA-E. A lot of engineers are still working on computers with Pentium 4 CPU and 512-1024 Mb RAM, but this configuration is outdated and if you want to recover huge NAND Flash cases with 32-128Gb capacity, or working with complicated RAID configuration, you should get more faster Personal Computer. We decided to compile a short list of configurations of different price categories which should be enough for any complicated case.


Intel CPU based on latest architectures like Haswell, Skylake, Coffee Lake provide a high performance. But if you don’t want to spend too much money – you can choose AMD based configuration, and get powerful CPU with 8-cores, high frequency and cheap price. It’s also not bad solution, PC based on AMD configuration, can easily work with complicated Flash, HDD and RAID cases.

A few words about Intel Xeon CPU. If you have a lot of money, you can use is. Usually Xeon CPU have a lot of physical cores and logical threats, but at the same time their frequency is usually lower than in Core i5 or i7 models. It means that final speed in common PC-3000 tasks would be lower on Xeon with 2.2GHz 16 cores, than in Core i5 with 3.5GHZ 4 cores. That’s why we are always recommend to buy a common desktop configurations and did not spend too much money on server configurations.

And of course about Windows OS – right now PC-3000 software support the following OS:

  • Windows XP (32/64 bit)
  • Windows Vista (32/64 bit)
  • Windows 7 (32/64 bit)
  • Windows 8 (32/64 bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (32/64 bit)
  • Windows 10 (32/64 bit)

But anyway, the best decision would be any of this Windows OS not lower than OS Windows 7.

Also it’s recommended to use English or Russian language pack because we are not testing the software in other Windows language packs. Correct work of all announced features are 100% guaranteed at English and Russian language only.

Low-End configuration on Intel (the cheapest) ~250$

  • Intel Celeron G3900 2.8 GHz (2-cores\2-threats) (or Core 2 Quad, Phenom II x2\x3\x4 – all other “old” CPU which were removed from production);
  • Motherboard on Intel H110 chipset with LGA-1151 socket (don’t forget to check this board for enough numbers of PCI-E slots (it will be also useful for using PC-3000 UDMA-E or SAS));
  • 1 module of 4Gb DDR4 RAM 2133 MHz;
  • 1Tb HDD (It should be NOT “Green series” models with slow 5400 rotation speed);
  • Power Supply – 400 Watt (for UDMA-E, and at least 500 Watt – for Express);
  • Windows 10 64-bit with turn-off UAC;

Middle-range configuration on AMD ~400$


  • AMD FX-8300 3.3GHz (8-cores\8-threats);
  • Motherboard on AMD 760G (with integrated GPU) or AMD 790 (without integrated GPU) Chipset;
  • 1 module of 8Gb DDR3 RAM 1600MHz;
  • 1Tb HDD Western Digital Caviar Black;
  • Power Supply – 450-500 Watt;
  • Windows 10 64-bit with turn-off UAC;

Middle-range configuration on Intel ~500$

  • Intel Core i3-8100 3.6 GHz (4-cores\4-threats);
  • Motherboard on Intel Z370 chipset with LGA-1151 socket;
  • 1 module of 8Gb DDR4 RAM 2133 MHz;
  • One 1Tb WD Caviar Black HDD;
  • Power Supply – 500Watt;
  • Windows 10 64-bit with turn-off UAC;

Performance-range configuration on Intel ~700$

  • Intel Core i5-8400 2.8-4.0 GHz (6-cores\6-threats);
  • Motherboard on Intel Z370 chipset with LGA-1151 socket;
  • 1 module of 8Gb DDR4 RAM 2133 MHz;
  • One 1Tb WD Caviar Black HDD (or two HDD in RAID0 Strip);
  • Power Supply with free Molex IDE 4-pin cable – 600Watt;
  • Windows 10 64-bit with turn-off UAC;

High-range configuration on Intel ~1000$

  • Intel Core i7-8700K 4.0 Ghz (6-cores\12-threats);
  • Motherboard on Intel Z370 chipset with LGA-1151 socket;
  • 2 module of 8Gb DDR4 RAM 2400 MHz (16GB total);
  • 2Tb HDD for hard drives cases, and one 240\480GB SSD for Flash cases;
  • Power Supply with free Molex IDE 4-pin cable – 600 Watt;
  • Windows 10 64-bit with turn-off UAC;

What about necessary software? We recommend to install on your PC a couple of useful software products for opening the most popular file types. Sometimes, when you are working with RAW Recovery on your Flash or HDD cases, you will need to open files to check – are they workable or not. Here is the list of recommended software programs, that should be installed on your working machine:

UPDATE 1: Also, don’t forget than MINIMAL resolution of your Display should be 1280×1024, but we recommend to use FullHD displays with 1920×1080 resolution. 

UPDATE 2: From some of our customers we heard information that PC-3000 might be work unstable on some motherboards produced by ASUS company. We did not find such issues in our internal tests, but anyway, we recommend not to buy ASUS boards – at least for Low-End and Performance configurations. MSI, Gigabyte, ASRock – are good for building system.

UPDATE 3: PC-3000 boards rev.2 require SATA power supply connection. Check that your PC Power supply unit has SATA power cables. PC-3000 express board should be powered by two such SATA cables.

UPDATE 4: When new customers decided to buy a new computer for PC-3000, they usually use the easiest way – they prefer to order a brand-name computers produced by HP, ACER, ASUS and so on. Unfortunately in most of such computers manufacturers use their own motherboards and power supply blocs which don’t have free wires for plugging new devices, or this wires are incompatible with the most popular hardware parts. That’s why before buying such computers, you must be sure that your new power supply blocks will have at least TWO free Molex 4-pin outputs! Otherwise you will not be able to work with PC-3000 UDMA-E, Express and SAS! THE BEST WAY – BUILD YOUR OWN CUSTOM CONFIGURATION OF HARDWARE, USING SPARE PARTS!









UPDATE 5: A lot of ACE Lab customers from Europe and North America region, ask us about possibility to install PC-3000 Flash or PC-3000 Portable on their MAC computers. This laptops provide good performance, they are quite light-weight, and finally – they are pretty good in all respects, starting from the screen and aluminium case, and ending the quality and speed of hardware part. In this article, you can read more about PC-3000 installation on Apple MacBook computers.


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5 Responses to PC-3000. Best PC configuration for ACE Lab products (article will be regularly updated in future)

  1. itpsac says:

    Very important tip for a good data recovery job! Thanks AceLab team

  2. arun_gjl says:

    normally people build their systems prior to purchase the udma/express so this information should be share before that. As i purchase asus board and xeon cpu which is not being strongly recommended.So this information may be used as pre requisition.

    • ACELab team says:

      There are nothing bad in Asus and Xeon – I’m pretty sure you will work with them as good as you will work with MSI and i7. Just sometimes, just in some cases – might be issues, but chances are not too high. We just provide recommendations, but if you want – you can work in Win 2000 and Pentium 4 – PC-3000 will works on it too 🙂

  3. premcomp says:

    Motherboard on Intel Z170 chipset with LGA-1151 socket This mother board is not available please tell me the alternet mother board.

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