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post #21 of 83
Subbed, can't wait to see this build to the finish.
post #22 of 83
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Getting Wired-up in Cable Management Hell


Note to self: "Next time, just buy a small power supply that's totally modular..." Today was spent in cable management (mainly power) hell...












post #23 of 83
Beautiful build! This is giving me some ideas on building my next WS but it will probably be E3 based, as I have a couple laying around from decommissioned servers.
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64GB Intel 520 Intel 520 Western Digital VelociRaptor 
CoolingOSOSPower
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.C Windows 7 Professional Arch Linux SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 
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CaseLabs MH10 Areca 1213-4i RAID Card Areca ARC-6120-3 BBU Areca 1223-8i RAID Card 
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Areca ARC-6120-3 BBU 
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post #24 of 83
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Trouble With Tron Nibbles


Yes, four bits is a nibble . . . just go ahead and look it up if you don't believe me. The trouble is there isn't even a nibble available in Tron. The universe refuses to boot in the Kingdom of Kingston DRAM:


Unfortunately, progress has halted until replacement memory arrives. It's my own fault, really, since I ignored the motherboard's compatibility list initially, so this time I selected approved part numbers from their favorite memory supplier: Samsung.

In the spirit of making lemonade from lemon-like situations, and since 32GB is pushing when all four UNIX VMs are running along with the Adobe capture/encoding tasks, I decided to increase total memory capacity to 64GB. After also reviewing the Sandy Bridge architecture, I realized the latest Xeon memory controller needs all four channels populated to attain maximum bandwidth, so I returned both Kingston 16GB sticks and decided to fully populate all eight channels with 8GB Samsung server memory, bringing the system total to 64GB.

At this point, thread/CPU saturation should arise before available memory presents an issue, even when every VM and video task is running simultaneously.
Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 1/23/13 at 12:32pm
post #25 of 83
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Momentus Arrival


After a rather slow delivery process, the much anticipated Seagate hardware made its momentous entrance into the darkened Tron development zone. At least some build work can continue while the memory lobotomy delay lingers on; it will be a pleasure filling the HAF XB internal drive cage with 3TB of relatively quick RAID-0 storage space.

post #26 of 83
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Samsung Calvary Rescue Party


64GB of replacement DRAM arrived today: eight sticks of Samsung 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz ECC Registered Server Memory (M393B1K70DH0-CK0). Here's hoping this stuff truly does rescue the bootstrap issue-- and all eight DRAM sticks and their mainboard slots cooperate. Fingers are crossed...

post #27 of 83
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Final USB 3 Puzzle Pieces


The slowest boat from China has finally arrived with two USB v3 PCIE adapters that provide a total of 4 external ports and two 20-pin internal jacks to satisfy all on-board USB 3 requirements. Unfortunately, the mainboard only provides internal USB v2 ports. One adapter internal connection supports the HAF XB case USB 3 inputs on the front panel, and the other adapter connection is for the multi-card reader in the upper-front 5.25" bay.

I selected these cards because all ports are active, both external and internal. One downside to this board is the need for extra power (4-pin) to drive all the ports, but I would rather deal with that than some other USB 3 adapters which force a decision whether to use only the external or internal ports, since both cannot be active at the same time.


Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 1/23/13 at 12:30pm
post #28 of 83
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Another Momentus Moment


One of the finest aspects of the HAF XB is its flexibility and total accessibility, a direct byproduct of its test-bench design origin. Need to remove the top or both sides? No problem. Need to remove the motherboard? No problem. On the other hand, after gaining quick access to the guts a nasty reminder just how cramped the quarters are becomes the main impression. Space it tight, making cable management even tougher than normal.

In order to cleanly install all four Seagate hybrid drives, the Enermax power supply was nudged halfway out for better clearance and easier access behind the 2.5" drive cage:






Thankfully, cable management in the lower compartment is complete at this point; hopefully, both 80mm Noctua fans will perform well and provide sufficient airflow in the bottom chamber:




Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 1/13/13 at 4:38am
post #29 of 83
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Samsung Surgery


Although clearances between both Arctic Freezers and the memory slots are good, there is not enough wiggle room to replace every stick of DDR3 memory with the CPU heat-pipes mounted, especially the two slots nearest each CPU socket.

Unfortunately, both coolers had to be removed in order to install all eight sticks of 8GB Samsung memory. This also required removal of the prior Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound, cleaning all the surfaces and repeating the mounting process after installing all 64GB of server memory.












post #30 of 83
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Intel Open Heart Surgery


It is a good thing the HAF XB is basically a test bench, because requirements and hardware keep changing even before the server has been deployed!

Due to an increase in expected scope/workload, both Xeon E5-2620 processors have been returned for an even bigger punch: two Xeon E5-2670 2.6GHz processors with 3.3GHz Turbo Boost and 20MB L3 Cache.

The number of developers is expected to increase from two to four later this year, a fifth VM needs to be spun up to support a CPU-intensive search engine (Solr), and the server has also been nominated for initial load-testing and baseline benchmark duty. An increase in both thread count and clock rate was deemed appropriate to maintain good performance.

Compared to the E5-2620, the E5-2670 provides eight cores instead of six. The 2670 also clocks at 2.6GHz instead of 2GHz, with a temporary boost up to 3.3GHz instead of 2.5GHz. The 2670 also provides 5MB of additional L3 cache, 20MB instead of 15MB. However, the 2670 does consume more power, 115W instead of 95W.

Edited by SonicAgamemnon - 1/22/13 at 12:41pm
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