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post #151 of 2450
Well, Asus kinda went dead on their replies - so i've put my Quadro K5000 up on ebay. If anyone from Australia wants it, here is one looking for a good home... http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/nVidia-Quadro-K5000-GPU-4GB-/111027636842?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D14%26meid%3D6255168636695141619%26pid%3D100015%26prg%3D1006%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D111027636842%26

I might add I did find that the PSU I had died after 2 months of use, it was an XFX Black Edition, which i've replaced with a Corsair AX1200 series (and it has been great).
     
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xeon 2600 Family ES 3.0GHz QA1 Stepping (E5-2687w) Xeon 2600 Family ES 3.0GHz QA1 Stepping (E5-2687w) ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS (Firmware: 3302) PNY Quadro K5000 (4GB) 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
nVidia Tesla K20 (5GB) Corsair Vengeance 64GB 1600MHz CL9 (8x8GB)  Intel 520 Series 480GB SSD (Firmware: 400i) ASUS Blu-Ray BW-12B1ST 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Corsair H60 Watercooling - SE (x2) Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell U3011 XFX Black Edition 1250W - Modular, Gold Rated 80+ 
Case
Coolermaster Cosmos II Ultratower 
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Intel Core I7 3930K - 6 Core (3.2GHz) ASUS ROG Rampage IV Gene nVidia EVGA GTX 690 Corsair Vengeance 32GB 1866MHz (4x8GB) 
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Intel 520 240GB SSD Samsung 830 512GB SSD ASUS Corsair H100i Liquid Cooling 
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Xeon 2600 Family ES 3.0GHz QA1 Stepping (E5-2687w) Xeon 2600 Family ES 3.0GHz QA1 Stepping (E5-2687w) ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS (Firmware: 3302) PNY Quadro K5000 (4GB) 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
nVidia Tesla K20 (5GB) Corsair Vengeance 64GB 1600MHz CL9 (8x8GB)  Intel 520 Series 480GB SSD (Firmware: 400i) ASUS Blu-Ray BW-12B1ST 
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Corsair H60 Watercooling - SE (x2) Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell U3011 XFX Black Edition 1250W - Modular, Gold Rated 80+ 
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Coolermaster Cosmos II Ultratower 
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Intel Core I7 3930K - 6 Core (3.2GHz) ASUS ROG Rampage IV Gene nVidia EVGA GTX 690 Corsair Vengeance 32GB 1866MHz (4x8GB) 
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Intel 520 240GB SSD Samsung 830 512GB SSD ASUS Corsair H100i Liquid Cooling 
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post #152 of 2450
Anyone know if ES B-Stepping (QA8Z/QA8X) CPUs still work with the latest BIOS? I have some spicy Xeons and I want to know if they'll even POST in this board.

Offtopic:

Otherwise, anyone know if any place still sells Supermicro X9DAi's with BIOS v813?
post #153 of 2450
Has anyone installed Windows 8 on that board? I am running Windows 7 for weeks now, but when I try to install Windows 8 I get the Error "Encountered a problem and need to restart" and the setup restarts. Any idea what the problem could be? I am on Bios 3302 btw.

Thanks
post #154 of 2450
Hey all,

Not sure if you're still looking for additional cases to submit to ASUS/nVIDIA/etc, but I am exhibiting similar issues to the ones logged here.

Build Details:

CPU
Xeon E5-2687W ES (QA91) x 2
Cooling
Corsair H80i x 2
Motherboard
ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS
BIOS
0703
SSD
Samsung SSD 256GB 840 PRO Series
RAM
Corsair Vengeance 32GB 4x8GB DIMM
GPU
Galaxy GTX 460 (768MB DDR5)
PSU
Corsair AX1200
Case
Cooler Master Cosmos II
OS
Windoze 7 Ultimate

At first I was working with a single CPU and a 32GB RAM kit. The RAM was detected by the system while in a single CPU configuration. However my H80i was screwed on too tightly it would seem, as loosening it appears to have greatly decreased BSODs, although yesterday I seemed to generate the same ugly nVIDIA driver drops that plagued the board prior to loosening the cooling bracket.

While the CPU was screwed in too tightly, I attempted to boot the system with the following GPUs without success in PCIe slots 1 and 3:

2 x 2GB DDR5 GTX 670 by MSI
1 x 2GB DDR5 GTX 680 by eVGA

Once I had unloosened the screws I attempted the same with the:

1x 4GB DDR5 GTX 670 by eVGA

Despite this chip failing to register with my u3011 monitor, Q-code appears in the same/similar to those appearing when I use a Galaxy GTX 460 in PCIe slot 3, (ultimately 62 and then 15 which persists). Additionally, it appears that the OS is booting because when I added an external speaker to the motherboard I could hear the Windows prompt. I'll note that I haven't installed the onboard speaker, although that would likely help in diagnosing the problem. I'm yet unsure whether or not the problem is with the GPU, the board, or the nVIDIA driver.

===edit===

This morning, (admittedly against the advice of this forum) I installed a second QA91 that appears to now be playing nicely with the CPU I had already installed and the Galaxy GTX 460. However now CPU-Z and Windoze are only seeing 24GB of RAM. I'll attempt reseating/moving them around, then I'll check to see if the BIOS is detecting the sticks a little later.

Perhaps a more important update is that I finally got a 600 series GPU to work with the board:

1x 4GB DDR5 GTX 670 by eVGA

The GPU worked fine out of the DVI-D, or DVI-I output (I can't recall which one) although it reduced the resolution to like 1600xwhatever. This was fixed with a simple nVIDIA driver update to 314.22. The GPU is seated in PCIe slot 3 and is the only GPU installed at the moment, (I will likely add a second card later). Has anyone else had success with this configuration already?

More importantly has anyone had success SLIing Titans with this board yet?




Unfortunately the RAM problem persists. Will likely return the Vengeance 32GB kit and purchase a 64GB kit at a higher clock speed, (so I can hopefully achieve 1600). Any recommendations?
Edited by baishikui - 4/6/13 at 1:21pm
post #155 of 2450
Hmm... I do know these boards don't play well with a lot of memory. I'm using mine in a dedicated folding rig and don't have a high end video card in it, just a Quadro NVS 285. I really don't know anyone who's actually using high end video cards on these boards... I've only had my video card in the first PCI-e slot and it always worked there. I'm running the Samsung 30nm RAM running at 1600MHz in mine. Amazon had the 4GB sticks on sale for $15 a pop a while back and I bought 4 or 8 of them. I can't remember what's in it... smile.gif
post #156 of 2450
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Originally Posted by baishikui View Post

Hey all,

More importantly has anyone had success SLIing Titans with this board yet?

Unfortunately the RAM problem persists. Will likely return the Vengeance 32GB kit and purchase a 64GB kit at a higher clock speed, (so I can hopefully achieve 1600). Any recommendations?

My GTX 960 doesn't work on this board. I guess it is 1-5% chance that the Kepler card wiill work with this board for you.... thumb.gif

I went and return Corsair 64GB Kit and went for Kingston 2x16GB kit 2133.
The system is much more responsive. Don't know why, because of the faster ram or this motherboard just have performance drop when you use 8x8GB configuration?

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Originally Posted by amorph777 View Post

Has anyone installed Windows 8 on that board? I am running Windows 7 for weeks now, but when I try to install Windows 8 I get the Error "Encountered a problem and need to restart" and the setup restarts. Any idea what the problem could be? I am on Bios 3302 btw.
Thanks

Windows 8 works normaly with this board. No problem with installation.
Could be something wrong with your copy of Win8.
post #157 of 2450
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Originally Posted by tomyboy View Post

My GTX 960 doesn't work on this board. I guess it is 1-5% chance that the Kepler card wiill work with this board for you.... thumb.gif

Windows 8 works normaly with this board. No problem with installation.
Could be something wrong with your copy of Win8.

Well I used my original MSDN-Discs to try to install Windows 8 on that board. And I installed Windows 8 on another Board with that Discs without a problem. So you got Windows 8 running? Can you tell me which BIOS-Version you are using? Do you have 2 CPUs installed?
Thanks!
post #158 of 2450
@baishikui
A lot of peeps in this thread using Engineering Sample Xeons have reported random unexplainable problems like yours. I've posted comments to them. Haven'r heard much on eventual solutions if any... And I've posted (ad nauseum) my failures combining 32GB Corsair Vengeance RAM kits, bad RAM, and my eventual success swapping for one good 64GB kit. And I've also posted my experiences with too tight CPU coolers affecting your very card, and my eventual success there as well. Good luck!
post #159 of 2450
@ZDngrfld
After my typical problems getting this beast off the ground, my board plays great with a 64GB 8x8 kit of Corsair Vengeance 1600 RAM. You may be in for some trouble mixing your single sticks on this board. Best of luck to you... If you want, read any of my numerous past posts on mixing sticks of today's high-speed RAM which haven't been tested & verified together as part of a kit.

I have experienced excellent success with my high-end Kepler GTX670 GPU. It's the EVGA 4GB, Superclocked / Backplane model. I have it installed in slot 5.

Here's the simplified summary of the criteria I used to choose slot 5 for my GPU:
Choose the slots that have the simplest config underneath them. Those would be slots 5, 6, & 7 (supported by CPU2).
Unless doing three or four card SLI, stay away from the slots with the most complicated config and overhead. Those would be slots 1, 2, 3, & 4 (supported by CPU1). Of slots 5, 6, & 7, choose the fastest slots, any odd numbered slot (x16). Stay away from the slower, even numbered slots (x8). And of the slots 5 & 7, choose the highest numbered slot that will work with other cards (to help cooling management flexibility)..

And here's the simple summary of the strategy I would have used if I were to build an SLI config like Maximus:
Start at slot 7. Install each additional card into next available odd-numbered slot.
post #160 of 2450
@tomyboy

I've never heard of a "GTX 960"... you meant 690 right? And I'm not sure where you got that 1-5% success rate figure for Kepler cards on this board, but I'm taking it that it's just a random number picked out of pure frustration... I hear you.

About your increased system snappiness... That's cool to hear! It seems to me that the RAM speed could have something to do with it. It varies by the system. But it also seems very possible that the way this board manages RAM between the 2 CPUs causes some overhead that takes time. I'm assuming you have your new 16GB sticks in slot A1 on CPU1 and E1 on CPU2.
Anyway the complication starts with each CPU having it's own integrated memory controller and the board having memory controllers next to each RAM slot, and then there's the Intel EM64T chip managed by CPU1 to support 64bit RAM addressibility, and the QPI bus to handle the necessary communications back and forth between the CPUs. Of course that's a very simplistic view, but the point is that it's pretty complicated. I'd bet that spreading the same capacity over a larger number of RAM sticks multiplies significantly the number of these transactions that must must happen per clock cycle.

Cheers
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