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post #1111 of 2450
Hi All

I'm finishing a build with this board and 2x12core Xeons, happy to share my experiences here.

My specs are;
Caselabs TX-10
1 x Z9
2 x v2 2.7 Xeon
8 x 16GB (128GB) 1600Mhz RAM Kingston (per Asus spec)
1 x GTX Titan
1 x Decklink 4K
1 x Areca 1882ix-24 4G RAM
24 x 4TB 7200rpm HDD in RAID6 = 88TB avail, dual redundancy
2 x 512GB Samsung 840 in RAID0 = system drive

I cooled with 2xCorsair H110 which were tricky to install in the case but keep the Xeons at around 32C which is great.

My problem now is how to create the SSD RAID0 on the Intel RAID and have Windows see the disk - I can only run the LSI RAID even though I have moved the jumper over. In LSI I managed to stripe the
drives into 0 but Windows cannot see it to write the OS to?

Also all the SATA2 connectors along the bottom edge don't seem to work, I have my DVD drive currently in one of the Marvell ports.

Ideally I want the 2xSSD in the fastest RAID0 possible out of Intel, LSI and Marvell.

Any ideas? Cheers

Shane
post #1112 of 2450
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Originally Posted by anubis1127 View Post

I tried loosening the CPU cooler to the point where its barely tightened, but no change. I'm down to testing with just one CPU, and one dimm slot filled, and still no luck. I've tried unregistered dimms that are on the QVL, and two sticks of Samsung that isn't on the list, and neither made a difference.

I'm starting to wonder if my ES chips aren't compatible with the board, or if there is just an issue with the board. Unfortunately I don't have any other 2011 Xeons to test with the board. The CPUs work fine in my x79 desktop motherboard.

I received my 3rd board today - the new original was DOA and the refurb replacement had issues so now this one. 00 code on turn on, Asus tech support talked me through switching the actual BIOS chip with my 2nd (as yet unreturned) board because the BIOS liked my Xeon 12 cores.

Take away = it might be a bios compatibility issue with your Xeons?
post #1113 of 2450
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Originally Posted by Donkey1514 View Post

Anyone gotten a Q code of "00"? I bought some 2680 ES chips and installed them and when I try to boot all I get is that code..... I double checked all connections and cleared the CMOS several hundred tmes and nothing works. Any help is appreciated.

I had this today on my 3rd RMA board - it's a BIOS conflict. ASUS tech talked me through switching the old dead board BIOS (compatible with the Xeons) with the incompatible BIOS from my new board.

Worked a treat smile.gif

Investigate BIOS conflict.. Good luck smile.gif
post #1114 of 2450
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Originally Posted by lloyd mcclendon View Post

^ agreed

I would say to avoid use of the Marvell controller. As usual and just as I expected, when that is enabled it breaks the VT-D / IOMMU support since their firmware is ALWAYS OUT OF SPEC just as it was on my last ASUS board. So if you need to use VT-D, you have to disable the Marvell controller in the bios. I believe the SSD caching runs through there. As I already eluded to, marvell sucks. period.

SSDs are getting cheap enough and if you can afford this board with 2 xeons, you probably can eventually afford 4 or 8 decent sized SSDs for a RAID0 or RAID10 setup. Forget spinning drives unless you need 4 of the 2 or 3 TB ones right. In any case you should be able to keep your core files on the SSD and your 'data' on the spinning drives, and most likely the caching wouldn't do a whole heck of a lot anyway given the IO usage patterns.

You could also set the same thing up using software raid with --write-behind and --write-mostly and we've already discussed why software raid is *almost always better than hardware raid. flame on

apologies in advance for my tone, I'm about to throw this whole machine out the window. It's as if Murphy himself has moved into the case. (none of these problems are related to the board itself thankfully, it's really nvidia...)

I'm at this point now - 2 x SSD which I want to place in RAID0 software. Would that be the Intel? If so how to get there - I moved the switcher but it still only sees the LSI which I don't want to use..

Any advice will be grateful received, thanks

Shane
post #1115 of 2450
This board runs osx great. I have x4 of these boards with x2 complete builds. 10.9.1 is easier than ever to install, and I've been running osx on a PC since before Apple sold the first intel laptop. It's a cakewalk now. Head over to insanelymac to see the latest improvements with Chameleon and even more difficult Bios mods with UEFI boot loader and fakesmc injected.

I'm using these boards for high end Post Production. They are rock solid. But I'm still on 3109 with x2 2680 v1.
post #1116 of 2450
Hey x86box

I'm also building my machine for high end video work - you sound more experienced than me so I'd appreciate any advice.

I want a super stable system, obv, to run DaVinci Resolve. So far so good, my next decision is how to configure the 2 x 512GB 840 SSDs?

Possibilities are;
1 - Intel RAID0 1TB SSD system drive w Windows7
2 - as above but partitioned for Windows7 / OSX Mavericks
3 - buy another 2 SSD and configure as per 2 but in RAID0+1
4 - Have separate drives on SATA3 with Windows7 on one and OSX on the other

From this thread I have learned to avoid the Marvell and any hardware RAIDs, hence me looking into the Intel solution.

I have moved the jumper over but still only get to access LSI - ctrl + I fails, only ctrl + M works to access LSI.

Help! wink.gif

Thanks, Shane
post #1117 of 2450
Chameleon is easier to Configure if each OS is on a separate drive. Just plug both into the two blue 6G ports(the ones all the way to the right if you are looking to the rear I/O ports) use the AHCI driver for windows 7 so you can use chameleons boot menu to load the Os of your choice. Although win7 may install it by default. I just use different ssd drives for each OS, doesn't harm my performance in any way. I use my systems for Resolve, AE, Scratch, and Colorfront.

Also, under power management I use Performance settings, and keep PCI clock at 32 to get the best render speeds on my Titan.

Now that Mavericks supports Power Management for 2011 socket it's very easy to run without NullCPUPM. Since I'm running ColorFront, I use Full Performance settings in Bios and force multiplier to x27 on 2680.
post #1118 of 2450
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Originally Posted by Shane Daly View Post

Hi All

I'm finishing a build with this board and 2x12core Xeons, happy to share my experiences here.

My specs are;
Caselabs TX-10
1 x Z9
2 x v2 2.7 Xeon
8 x 16GB (128GB) 1600Mhz RAM Kingston (per Asus spec)
1 x GTX Titan
1 x Decklink 4K
1 x Areca 1882ix-24 4G RAM
24 x 4TB 7200rpm HDD in RAID6 = 88TB avail, dual redundancy
2 x 512GB Samsung 840 in RAID0 = system drive

Holy Guacamole yessir.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E8400 DFI Lanparty JR P45-t2rs ATI Radeon HD 6950 (6970 mod) 4GB OCZ FLEX PC2-9600 DDR2-1200 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Samsung 500gb F3 Sata WINDOWS 7 24" Acer AL2423w (S-PVA panel) CORSAIR VX550w 
Case
NZXT GAMMA 
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Samsung 500gb F3 Sata WINDOWS 7 24" Acer AL2423w (S-PVA panel) CORSAIR VX550w 
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NZXT GAMMA 
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post #1119 of 2450
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Originally Posted by anubis1127 View Post

@ikem
  Looks great.

@NapalmV5
  I finally got around to do some gaming on my Z9PE-D8 WS board today, using Win7, and a HD 7950.  Tomb Raider would not start for me, set affinity to use only 1 CPU, then it worked.  Just Cause 2 worked out of the box.  I'll try Witcher 2, and Portal 2 next, and report back.

thanks.. forget that - everything should work regardless of affinity

i disabled hyper-threading and now portal 2/witcher 2/tomb raider works on both cpus

just cause 2 works on gtx 580 + ht enabled but not on r9 290.. whats funny is that i was able to run it once on r9 290 when messing around with ms visual c++ installing old ones one by one
post #1120 of 2450
Currently stuck trying to install Win7 on a Samsung 840 Pro SSD, Win setup won't recognize the drive or partition - any ideas?! Google solutions all not working. Stuck!
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