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Nice work so far! Xeon 2620's are THE bang for buck chip if you are serious about massively parallel computing.



I must question the power supply though. Why a 1250watt PSU for a system that, at max load with the eventual 8-core upgrade, will only draw ~350-400 watts? Maybe 500 with that Quadro in there?
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I do like Tron-related builds, so...

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Nice work so far! Xeon 2620's are THE bang for buck chip if you are serious about massively parallel computing.

I must question the power supply though. Why a 1250watt PSU for a system that, at max load with the eventual 8-core upgrade, will only draw ~350-400 watts? Maybe 500 with that Quadro in there?

Thanks for the price/power information, which confirms my own investigation. Since I'm running several VMs that are busy serving up stuff in the background, I need as many threads as possible-- and two 2620's deliver 24 threads for less than $850-- fantastic!

Regarding the Enermax unit, I freely admit it is overkill for this project. I am using it primarily for three reasons:

1. It was very cheap-- a discontinued power supply, purchased from a local store that's going out of business.

2. It is very reliable and rather quiet power supply, based on reviews I read.

3. It serves as an emergency replacement if my primary workstation's power supply fails, and that machine is a truly power-hungry beast!
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Nice work so far! Xeon 2620's are THE bang for buck chip if you are serious about massively parallel computing.

I must question the power supply though. Why a 1250watt PSU for a system that, at max load with the eventual 8-core upgrade, will only draw ~350-400 watts? Maybe 500 with that Quadro in there?

or you get 2650s for a steal like i did and get 46.4 price/power biggrin.gif also my rig pulls 300w at the wall while folding.
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or you get 2650s for a steal like i did and get 46.4 price/power biggrin.gif also my rig pulls 300w at the wall while folding.

Yay for you folding peeps... mad.gif My dedicated rig is gonna pull max of 1000w for BOINC. Looking at two 5970's and two 95w CPUs...

You guys have it easy with CPU computing.... I Have a 1200w Enermax. It's an awesome unit. Got mine cheap as well. Only thing I really don't like is the massive cables. Makes them really hard to bend. Even more annoying when you have a 8 pin upside down compared to the one it's attached to...
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Unboxing - The New War Horse


Most of the parts were delivered yesterday, although four Seagate Momentum 750GB hybrid drives and two PCIE USB 3 adapters are still in the delivery pipeline. The build can proceed, however, since those missing parts do not prevent the system from bootstrapping.





























Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 1/9/13 at 7:30pm
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I just jizzed in my pants. I would love to build a machine like this as a workstation. Studying for MCSE I use alot of virtual machines and the extra cores would be great to have. Sadly my budget does not allow, although I am moving to 32Gb of RAM soon,
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Break-down, Beer and Build-out


The HAF XB case was disassembled today, including the removal of both stock fans in front; all five Noctua case fans were installed thereafter. The motherboard tray was removed next and the mainboard was mounted. Two of eight motherboard mount points did not align with available, pre-drilled holes on the Cooler Master tray, so a trusty Dremel was deployed to drill out both missing holes. Installing the Xeon processors was a snap thanks to a very clean LGA 2011 socket design.

The "Artic Squeeze Play" worked according to plan, with both heat sinks in perfect back-to-back alignment. Clearances are good between the cooler and the top of each server DRAM module. Stock Artic Freezer fans were replaced with Noctua Focused Flow hardware, offering better cooling performance and higher top-end CFM numbers at an equivalent noise level. I am very eager to see how the push-pull configuration performs under load.

The Samsung 840 SSDs were installed in the front 3.5" bays, ready to be configured in a RAID-0 boot configuration. The LG BluRay burner and AFT All-in-one media reader were also installed in the front 5.25" bays, completing all front-side setup work.


























Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 1/23/13 at 12:29pm
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