AMD EPYC Rome CPU via HPE 'upgrade' very cheap

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I was only seeing expensive ones ($100-200+) options until @TXAG26 recommended the Wheeler FAT. Super cheap at Amazon and so far it's working great.

But the only issues I've had previously using a normal driver were from undertightening, usually causing a memory channel wouldn't be recognized. But a certain number of turns seems to get it just right anyway, but I can never remember how many. I wanna say 2 turns, maybe 2.5.
 
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Interesting, so as far as I understand: Heatsink from this kit is compatible with other SP3 motherboards?

I am in a reverse situation: Got HP DL385 Gen10 that I want to add second CPU to and no way to get heatsink (Supply chain is all dried up due to Corona). I was wondering if I could just slap a 2U passive heatsink from Supermicro in there, direction of fins is identical so in theory it should work if holes are lining up.
 
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Interesting, so as far as I understand: Heatsink from this kit is compatible with other SP3 motherboards?

I am in a reverse situation: Got HP DL385 Gen10 that I want to add second CPU to and no way to get heatsink (Supply chain is all dried up due to Corona). I was wondering if I could just slap a 2U passive heatsink from Supermicro in there, direction of fins is identical so in theory it should work if holes are lining up.
Which heatsink are you looking for?
 
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Interesting, so as far as I understand: Heatsink from this kit is compatible with other SP3 motherboards?

I am in a reverse situation: Got HP DL385 Gen10 that I want to add second CPU to and no way to get heatsink (Supply chain is all dried up due to Corona). I was wondering if I could just slap a 2U passive heatsink from Supermicro in there, direction of fins is identical so in theory it should work if holes are lining up.
I sold mine on ebay. Perhaps you could find another there.
The HP heatsink is pretty low profile, I would guess 1U. If you can fit a 2U heatsink in your case, it will likely run cooler than the OEM HP heatsink. Pretty sure the HP heatsink usied standard EPYC spacing.
 
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The one my HPE 7302P kit came with was also a passive 1U cooler. Supermicro makes a passive 2U cooler that should work. From everything I've heard, the bolt patterns are all the same for the Epyc line.

Go Here: Heatsink Matrix | Supermicro

Select: H11 (AMD) and it will show you the 2U (active & passive) heatsink options.
 
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Don.key

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@TXAG26 I used a SM 2U passive cooler in our DL385.
Hi Patrick,

I did the same now in my DL385 Gen10, had to cut a part of fan shroud though because Supermicro SNK-P0063P heatsink did not fit completely under it. As visible in the attached pic.

Now I do note that CPU2 (the one with SM Heatsink) runs quite a bit hotter then CPU1. When looping through HP Memory extensive test for a few hours CPU1 has a temperature of 42c while CPU2 is ~55c.

I also noticed that fans 1 and 2 (ones close to CPU2) are rotating slower (18% vs 32% for all others).

Did you have same issue? How are your temperatures?

Thanks
 

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Don.key - I do not have a photo, and that DL385 is now running in the data center but the shroud did not look like that. I wonder if I have an earlier version?

Temps on mine are within 3C
 

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Don.key - I do not have a photo, and that DL385 is now running in the data center but the shroud did not look like that. I wonder if I have an earlier version?

Temps on mine are within 3C
Probably earlier version indeed, I just received my DL385 brand new from HP.

That CPU2 heat issue is specific to HP Embedded Memory diagnostics by the way, I booted into FreeBSD and run prime torture test overnight and there temperature delta was either non existing or within 4c.
 

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For those looking for a PCIE 4 motherboard, it looks like the ASRock Rack ROMED8-2T motherboard is now available [in stock] at Prowess Computing for $675.. I haven't seen it available anywhere else yet.
 

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For those looking for a PCIE 4 motherboard, it looks like the ASRock Rack ROMED8-2T motherboard is now available [in stock] at Prowess Computing for $675.. I haven't seen it available anywhere else yet.
It’s listed as “special order” rather than “in stock” or “available“. Usually that’s a sign that they don’t have pre-allocated stock from the (tier 1) distributors/manufacturer.
 

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Ordered mine on 04/21 from Provantage, along with the Tyan S8030. Waiting patiently now :)
I have the same coming but I don’t have a date for either the S8030 from avadirect nor 7302p from provantage. Did you get any shipping estimate?
 

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My 7302p took about 12 weeks to arrive, but it was ordered before this HPE part number was released to the channel. I would expect 2-4 weeks if HPE actually has the CPU's to fulfill the orders with.