Server/Workstation Build Hardware Review

This is for a simulation softwear that is CPU heavy not GPU heavy. Tech support said after 16 cores the additional CPU's tend not to speed up cruch times.

Board: SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DTL-iF-O Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series Server Motherboard

CPU: (2) Intel Xeon E5645 Westmere-EP 2.4GHz LGA 1366 80W Six-Core Server Processor BX80614E5645

Ram: (6 sticks) Mushkin Enhanced PROLINE 16GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) ECC Registered Server Memory Model 992054

HD: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Video Card: NVIDIA® Quadro® K600 VCQK600-PB 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Workstation Video Card

Power Supply: Athena Power AP-U2ATX80FEP8 800W Single 2U IPC Server Power Supply - 80PLUS Bronze

ARK IPC-4U600 Black 1.2mm SECC Zinc-Coated Steel 4U Rackmount Server Chassis

See any glearing issues guys?
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  1. socket 1366 has been dead for some years . If someone is asking you to pay for that they shouldnt be asking for much
  2. rcnewton,

    In the absence of knowing the use and programs for which this system is intended (MATLAB?), I can only generalize, but I would agree with Outlander_04 that the proposed LGA1366 is backwards-looking technology. It's possible to improve capabilities significantly for a relatively small additional cost.

    It would also be easier to make suggestions when a budget is specified. There are also no storage drives listed.

    The positive of the idea is that the Xeon E5645 is about $600- inexpensive for a 6-core Xeon, and would provide adequate PCIe lanes, but it is also a couple of generations past, using 1333 RAM -today, V2 Xeons can use 1600- and some 1866, the max memory bandwidth of the E5645 is 30GB/s- modern Xeons are 56GB/s- and the clock speed of 2.4 / 2.67GHz is acceptable for a server, but simulation benefits greatly from clock speed. In Passmark benchmarks>

    [Dual CPU] Intel Xeon E5645 @ 2.40GHz _Score=10508 _Rank=51 _Cost / Performance =9.14 _Cost= $1,149.98

    > Compare a lowly Intel Xeon E3-1270 v3 @ 3.5 / 3.9GHz > Score _10175 _Rank=34 C/P_29.07 _Cost $349.99

    Yes, 1/3 the cores, 25.6GB/s bandwidth, less RAM capacity and so on, but a similar (-4%) overall computation power at 1/3 the cost.

    Again, it's difficult to make a complete and specific recommendation but how about >

    CPU: Dual Intel Xeon E5-2630 v2 Ivy Bridge-EP 2.6 / 3.1GHz 15MB L3 Cache LGA 2011 80W Six-Core Server Processor BX80635E52630V2 >about $1,300 (Score= 15522 (=+47%) _Rank =21 _Cost/Perf =12.36 Cost= +$150 ) (Note >higher clock speed, more cache, 51.2GB/s bandwidth (=+60%), , compatible with higher speed RAM)

    (2) Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler > $160 ($80 ea.) (High performance CPU cooling for extended - that is running continuously, full core simulation slogs is essential) (These are quite large > Verify compatibility with rackmount chassis.) (See alternate enclosure suggestion)

    Motherboard > ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Dual LGA 2011 Intel C602 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI EEB > $534


    RAM > 128GB (8) Samsung or Kingston 1X16GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered DDR3 1600 Server Memory > about $1400 >(note 1600 speed instead of 1333) (VERIFY model compatibility with ASUS aproved vendors list)

    HD: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    HD: (3) Seagate Constellation ES.3 ST3000NM0043 3 TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (RAID 1+0) > $810 ($270 each) (Storage)

    Video Card: NVIDIA Quadro K600 VCQK600-PB 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Workstation Video Card (I'm assuming by this choice that there is almost no 3D component in your work, that is it's MATLAB, statistical, and results are expressed in waveforms and graphs. If you are doing any 3D dynamic modeling of gas, particle, thermal, atmospheric / oceanic, dynamic structural simulation / analysis (e.g. flight dynamics, airframe)> then I would recommend a Quadro K5000, about $1,800.)

    Case > CaseLabs Merlin ST10 Case with options, about $475 (As an alternative approach > You probably have good reasons to have this system in a rackmount, but this an alternative that make assembly /configuration / testing easier and provides very good airflow and extremely good cooling apparatus potential. This case provides 14X 5.25" drive bays. CaseLabs has an extremrly wide selection of options and the system may be assembled and configured as a kind or completely open test platform.

    If the above case is used >

    (2) CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 280mm > $220 ($110 ea.) (High performance CPU cooling for extended - that is running continuously, full core simulation slogs is essential)

    Power Supply > SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM3 Active PFC F3) 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply > $270

    NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" Touch Screen Fan Controller > $28.

    I believe a lot of benefit - (almost +50% computational power) would be achieved with an additional expenditure of only about +$150 for CPU's and using the more forward-looking LGA2011 platform. Importantly, this system could be uprated to use 8, 10, 12, and possibly 15-core Xeons. For example >

    (2) Xeon E5-2687W v2 Ivy Bridge-EP 3.4/ 4.0GHz 25MB L3 Cache LGA 2011 150W 8-Core Server Processor BX80635E52687V2 >$4,400 ($2,200 ea) Passmark > [Dual CPU] Intel Xeon E5-2687W v2 _Score= 24800 _Rank=2 _C/P=5.64 _ $4,399.98

    Also, for future expansion of drives- 8 or more, you might consider an LSI Logic PCIe RAID controller



    HP z420 (2014) > Xeon E5-1620 quad core @ 3.6 / 3.8GHz > 24GB ECC 1600 RAM > Quadro 4000 (2GB)> Samsung 840 SSD 250GB /Western Digital WD1003FZEX 1TB> M-Audio 192 sound card > AE3000 USB WiFi > HP 2711X, 27" 1920 X 1080 > Windows 7 Ultimate 64 > Autodesk Building Design Suite, Inventor Pro, Solidworks, Adobe CS MC, Corel Technical Design Sketchup Pro, WordP Office, MS Office Pro [Passmark system rating = 3815, 2D= 767 / 3D=2044]

    Dell Precision T5400 (2008) > 2X Xeon X5460 quad core @3.16GHz > 16GB ECC 667> Quadro FX 4800 (1.5GB) > WD RE4 500GB / Seagate Barracuda 500GB > M-Audio 2496 Sound Card / Linksys 600N WiFi > Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit > (earlier versions) AutoCad, Revit, Solidworks, Sketchup Pro, Corel Technical Designer, Adobe CS MC, WordP Office, MS Office Pro [Passmark system rating = 1859, 2D= 512 / 3D=1097]
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