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Dual Opteron 6272 on Supermicro H8DGI - need help to fix a problem

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April 16, 2012 4:46:48 PM

Hello,

I been reading on video rendering and it seems Opteron is pretty much best bang for the buck. Here is my problem.

This is not in any way a new configuration, I see many websites even sell the same configuration PCs.

CPU - Dual Opteron 6272
Motherboard - Supermicro H8DGI (latest BIOS rev C, also tried with previous versions)
Video - Quadro 600 (latest drivers, also tested with ATI and other Nvidia cards)
Software - Windows 7 PRO 64 bit

The problem:

With 2 Opteron 6272 installed - Windows Experience Index cannot complete windows media encoding process and finishes with errors.
With 2 Opteron 6128 installed - Windows Experience Index completes without any error.
With 2 Opteron 6272 installed in 4-core mode (total 16 cores, BIOS setting) - Windows Experience Index completes without any error.

It seems that Windows Experience Index crashes only when more then 16 cores used. I really doubt that all these websites selling same motherboard/CPU configuration have their Windows Experience Index not working :) 

Supermicro and Microsoft support don't know how to fix it.

Could anyone point me to right direction with this one?

Thanks in advance!

I will add winsat log below:

068422 (3732) - winsat\logging.cpp:0815: --- START 2012\4\13 14:58:58 ---
068422 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:4301: Command Line = "C:\Windows\system32\winsat.exe" formal -cancelevent cc21b00d-1393-4912-b8b0-a2926183f624
068422 (3732) - winsat\processwinsaterror.cpp:0095: ERROR: tried to read resource strings, unknown exception occured
068437 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:4474: > IsFormal=TRUE IsMoobe=FALSE.
068484 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:4585: Watch dog system enabled
068484 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:4600: Main watch dog timer set to 600.0 seconds
068749 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:2490: > DWM Running.
068905 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:2497: > turning off DWM.
069264 (3732) - winsat\syspowertools.cpp:0983: > Read the active power scheme as '8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c'
069264 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:2793: > power policy saved.
069280 (3732) - winsat\syspowertools.cpp:1015: > Set the active power scheme to 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c'
069280 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:2814: > power policy set to maximum.
070309 (3732) - winsat\logging.cpp:1763: ERROR: pahse enter/leave imballance
070309 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:0948: > IsOfficial=TRUE IsFormal=TRUE IsMoobe=FALSE RanOverTs=FALSE RanOnbatteries=FALSE
070309 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment features
070403 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment dwm -aname DWM -time 10 -fbc 10 -disp off -normalw 12 -width 1280 -height 1024 -winwidth C(1144) -winheight C(915) -rendertotex 6 -rtdelta 3 -nolock
083647 (3732) - winsat\processresults.cpp:4018: > Wrote video memory bandwidth to the registry 9375760
083647 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:2037: > DWM Assessment results processing SUCCESS
083647 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment d3d -aname Batch -time 5 -fbc 10 -disp off -animate 10 -width 1280 -height 1024 -totalobj 300 -batchcnt C(10) -objs C(26) -rendertotex 6 -rtdelta 3 -texpobj C(1)
089903 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment d3d -aname Alpha -time 5 -fbc 10 -disp off -animate 10 -width 1280 -height 1024 -totalobj 300 -batchcnt C(75) -objs C(26) -rendertotex 6 -rtdelta 3 -texpobj C(1)
096096 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment d3d -aname Tex -time 5 -fbc 10 -disp off -animate 10 -width 1280 -height 1024 -totalobj 500 -batchcnt C(125) -objs C(20) -noalpha -texshader -totaltex 10 -texpobj C(4) -rendertotex 6 -rtdelta 3
102757 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment d3d -aname ALU -time 5 -fbc 10 -disp off -animate 10 -width 1280 -height 1024 -totalobj 500 -batchcnt C(125) -objs C(20) -noalpha -alushader -totaltex 10 -texpobj C(1) -rendertotex 6 -rtdelta 3
109231 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment d3d -dx10 -aname Batch -time 5 -fbc 10 -disp off -animate 10 -width 1280 -height 1024 -totalobj 300 -batchcnt C(10) -objs C(26) -rendertotex 6 -rtdelta 3 -texpobj C(1)
116891 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment d3d -dx10 -aname Alpha -time 5 -fbc 10 -disp off -animate 10 -width 1280 -height 1024 -totalobj 300 -batchcnt C(75) -objs C(26) -rendertotex 6 -rtdelta 3 -texpobj C(1)
123069 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment d3d -dx10 -aname Tex -time 5 -fbc 10 -disp off -animate 10 -width 1280 -height 1024 -totalobj 500 -batchcnt C(125) -objs C(20) -noalpha -texshader -totaltex 10 -texpobj C(4) -rendertotex 6 -rtdelta 3
129730 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment d3d -dx10 -aname ALU -time 5 -fbc 10 -disp off -animate 10 -width 1280 -height 1024 -totalobj 500 -batchcnt C(125) -objs C(20) -noalpha -alushader -totaltex 10 -texpobj C(1) -rendertotex 6 -rtdelta 3
136266 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment d3d -dx10 -aname GeomF4 -time 7 -fbc 10 -disp off -animate 10 -width 1280 -height 1024 -totalobj 150;200;241 -batchcnt C(50);C(200);C(300) -objs C(12);C(26);C(45) -noalpha -geomf4shader -texpobj C(0) -rendertotex 6 -rtdelta 3 -tierframes 60 -tiertime 1
145080 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment d3d -dx10 -aname GeomV8 -time 7 -fbc 10 -disp off -animate 10 -width 1280 -height 1024 -totalobj 75;100;120 -batchcnt C(25);C(100);C(150) -objs C(8);C(17);C(29) -noalpha -geomv8shader -texpobj C(0) -rendertotex 6 -rtdelta 3 -tierframes 60 -tiertime 1
153208 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment d3d -dx10 -aname CBuffer -time 5 -fbc 10 -disp off -animate 10 -width 1280 -height 1024 -totalobj 75 -batchcnt C(25) -objs C(8) -rendertotex 6 -rtdelta 3 -texpobj C(1) -cbuffershader -cbufa 2 -cbuff 5 -cbufp 6
159089 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment mfmedia -input C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\winsat.wmv -nopmp
161336 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment mediaex -input C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\Clip_1080_5sec_MPEG2_HD_15mbps.mpg -dshow -video offscreen -audio mute -width 100%m -height 100%m -constrain -savereg -autoprofname -expfrmmin 270 -expfrmmax 300 -overrideframetype int2fps
168387 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment mediaex -input C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\Clip_1080_5sec_VC1_15mbps.wmv -video offscreen -audio mute -width 100%m -height 100%m -constrain -savereg -autoprofname -expfrmmin 135 -expfrmmax 150 -overrideframetype prog
174689 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment mediaex -input C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\Clip_480i_5sec_6mbps_new.mpg -dshow -video offscreen -audio mute -width 100%m -height 100%m -constrain -savereg -autoprofname -expfrmmin 270 -expfrmmax 300 -overrideframetype int2fps
181413 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment mediaex -input C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\Clip_480p_5sec_6mbps_new.mpg -dshow -video offscreen -audio mute -width 100%m -height 100%m -constrain -savereg -autoprofname -expfrmmin 135 -expfrmmax 150 -overrideframetype prog
187996 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment mediaex -input C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\Clip_1080_5sec_10mbps_h264.mp4 -video offscreen -audio mute -width 100%m -height 100%m -constrain -savereg -autoprofname -expfrmmin 135 -expfrmmax 150 -overrideframetype prog
194470 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment mediaex -input C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\Clip_480_5sec_6mbps_h264.mp4 -video offscreen -audio mute -width 100%m -height 100%m -constrain -savereg -autoprofname -expfrmmin 270 -expfrmmax 300 -overrideframetype int2fps
200710 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment media -input C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\winsatencode.wmv -encode C:\Windows\Performance\WinSAT\winsat.prx
205063 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment moobego
205063 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment cpu -encryption -up
208214 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment cpu -compression -up
218292 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment cpu -encryption2 -up
221365 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment cpu -compression2 -up
231458 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment cpu -encryption
234921 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment cpu -compression
245420 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment cpu -encryption2
248899 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:1775: > Run Assessment cpu -compression2
259398 (3732) - winsat\processresults.cpp:4018: > Wrote video memory bandwidth to the registry 9375760
259445 (3732) - winsat\processresults.cpp:0962: > Wrote cpu expression compression score to the registry 116
259445 (3732) - winsat\processresults.cpp:1253: Skipping StdDefPlayback limit check.
259445 (3732) - winsat\processresults.cpp:1265: Skipping StdDefPlayback limit check.
259445 (3732) - winsat\processresults.cpp:1480: > Wrote disk score to the registry 0
259460 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:0948: > IsOfficial=TRUE IsFormal=TRUE IsMoobe=FALSE RanOverTs=FALSE RanOnbatteries=FALSE
259585 (3732) - winsat\processresults.cpp:4018: > Wrote video memory bandwidth to the registry 9375760
259585 (3732) - winsat\processresults.cpp:0962: > Wrote cpu expression compression score to the registry 116
259585 (3732) - winsat\processresults.cpp:1004: Total physical mem available to the OS : 15,9 ?? (17 177 882 624 bytes)
259585 (3732) - winsat\processresults.cpp:1253: Skipping StdDefPlayback limit check.
259585 (3732) - winsat\processresults.cpp:1265: Skipping StdDefPlayback limit check.
259585 (3732) - winsat\processresults.cpp:1480: > Wrote disk score to the registry 790
259585 (3732) - winsat\processresults.cpp:1498: > Wrote random read disk score to the registry 211650
259757 (3732) - winsat\syspowertools.cpp:1015: > Set the active power scheme to 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c'
259757 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:2855: > Power state restored.
259757 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:2873: > Not necessary to reenable EMD cache.
259757 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:2896: > Composition restarted
259772 (3732) - winsat\watchdog.cpp:0311: Watch dog system shutdown
259772 (3732) - winsat\main.cpp:4909: > exit value = 0.
April 17, 2012 10:43:36 AM

bump, anyone?
a c 117 à CPUs
April 17, 2012 11:45:01 AM

Other than the useless WEI, do other applications work as expected?
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April 17, 2012 11:59:34 AM

everything else works ok, but as H-264 encoding fails via WEI it screws up interface in general too. The whole windows acts as I use generic video card.

same problem occurs with any 16+ core solution on Windows 7. I read from anandtech that people have same issue with Intel too.

thing is that many who sells these dual CPU solutions have it somehow fixed. I even sent e-mails to their support, but nothing.

Supermicro and Microsoft are clueless as usual. Microsoft sent some patches to try, but no use.
a c 117 à CPUs
April 17, 2012 2:27:41 PM

Do you have the same issue when running Windows Server 2008 R2?
April 17, 2012 2:44:23 PM

no WEI in there :) 

64bit Win7 supports up to 256 cores, but WEI does not over 16. probably something to do with windows native h.264 encoding tied to WEI. We reinstalled media pack aswell, no help.
a c 117 à CPUs
April 17, 2012 3:09:51 PM

Honestly I don't understand why H.264 encoding is tied to WEI. Can the application be limited to 16 cores? Aren't there encoding applications that can use 32 cores or more?
April 17, 2012 3:14:57 PM

yes they can use 32, 64 etc. it's something with Windows WEI and H.264, that much I found out.
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