Description

Used for:

  • Machine learning (neural networks)
  • Scientific computation
  • Software development
  • Gaming
  • As a vehicle for developing hardware erudition

An overall great "value" build. Super responsive and able handle a myriad of tasks (usually simultaneously). Once Mac OS GTX 1080 drivers are available, I plan to make this a triple-boot hackintosh.

NOTE: The SuperMicro X9DR3-LN4F+ motherboard kept crashing under Ubuntu, so I ended up switching back to the Intel S2600CP2J.

The comments below apply to the version of this build that used the SuperMicro X9DR3-LN4F+ board.

If I ever have a need for 1.5 TB RAM or multiple GPUs (four full-bandwidth PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots), the options are there.

Caveats:

  • Standoffs align with only six of the board's mounting points, and all are located on the lower half of the board.
  • The board just BARELY fits, with less than an inch of clearance from the top of the case.
  • Enabling the C1E state would cause intermittent black-screen resets (BIOS Rev. 3).
  • The case's PWM fan hub was inoperable with the board, the case fans had to be plugged directly into the board (it previously worked with an Intel S2600CP2J motherboard).
  • No BIOS fan control, must use IPMI to modulate thermal regulation (as far as I know).

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

Daaaaaaaaaaamn soooooon, nice build!

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

Hell of a deal, Congrats to you man

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Where the heck did you buy the Xeons for $65 each? They are listed @ $1500 on Newegg.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

That price is stupid. These can be bought around $90 each and less if used or "recertified" . These used to be at $150 each.

Ebay and newegg

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

What this man said.

Natex.us has them for $65 currently. From what I read, Facebook and others decommissioned a raft of servers, flooding the market with used v1 e5-2670s, which drove down the price to what you see today.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Show us some more pictures!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job.

Thumbs up.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheap. Very cheap. Have no words.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you find these deals!?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Very interesting dual CPU build

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I will be needing a build for video editing and graphic work but I would like it to be pretty powerful with games as well. I'm not super familiar with Xeon's and gaming but how does it do?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

For the price, the e5-2670s perform superbly. Xeons aren't TOO much different than consumer Intel chips. The major differences I can think of are (usually) a lack of an iGPU, inability to be overclocked, and increased virtualization support.

I game at 4k (~60 FPS on High), so my GPU usually chokes before my CPU does. On newer games that utilize more threads and maybe even DX12, I don't feel the difference at all. On the games where my CPU does bottleneck a bit (i.e. Crysis), I turn down the CPU heavy features a bit and I can get 60-90+ FPS easy. I'm not a pro gamer or anything, but I've been happy with it so far.

I don't have any video editing experience, but other people with similar builds have had good results, especially after disabling HT.

The real selling point is the versatility and multi-tasking capability. The system stays completely responsive even when simultaneously running VMs, watching videos, and playing games. Each CPU has a full 40 PCI-E lanes, providing maximum expansion capabilities. A different build can get better performance for more specific use cases, but not at this price point.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, I don't hold 4k as a necessity at the moment so your build seems like an ideal build for me. Thanks for the reply!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking of doing a build with a single one of these CPU's, mainly for distributed computing, gaming, and video recording/editing. I'm getting a 1070 hopefully so I can run my current 21:9 WFHD monitor and then get a 144hz 1440p monitor. Have you played any more common eSports titles like CSGO, Smite, LoL, etc? I'm guessing they'll run smooth since they are so easy, but is there anything else you could add about the gaming performance of this chip?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I honestly have no idea about those games. My gut would tell me that anything heavily utilizing a single thread wouldn't be the best, but keep in mind that they can/will run at 3.0-3.2 GHz continuously, so they aren't as bad as they sound. CS:GO seems to be doing okay.

If you're doing a single CPU build from scratch, it will probably be better to go with a newer, faster CPU. For rendering especially, people have had mixed results on two CPUs vs something like a 6700k (see here), so I would imagine the difference would be even greater with one CPU.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, thanks :) helps a lot

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! The caveats you mentioned is for the Intel Motherboard or Supermicro one?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The caveats apply to the Supermicro board.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I've just picked one of these motherboards plus a couple of xeons, and a Titan black, lovely eBay bargains. I don't suppose you know if this board will fit into a an Cosmo S case?