E5-2696 v4 (22 cores) under $200

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Prices on the 22-core 2.2GHz OEM E5-2696 v4 are falling rapidly on e-bay - you can get one for less than $200. Just last month they were over $300. It's locked but can turbo all cores at 2.8GHz and 1/2 cores at 3.7GHz.
 
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That is tempting. But what system would I put it in? I have had bad luck with the Chinese "X99" boards, and I passed on that Dell PowerEdge barebone deal that came through a while ago.
 
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cool, let me know when it's closer to $100 :)

I also noticed other parts dropping in price last few months. The cheapest 2680 v4's are close to $80 now.
 
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Info:
 
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That is tempting. But what system would I put it in? I have had bad luck with the Chinese "X99" boards, and I passed on that Dell PowerEdge barebone deal that came through a while ago.
Dell's are the best for these. R630, R730, etc. are good choices.
 
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The Dell Precision workstations (7910 and 7810 with two 2011-3 sockets, 5810's with one socket) might also make good homes for E5 v4 processors. They're also getting cheap. They'll need the bios updated before upgrading from v3s though.
 
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Anyone compared idle of these vs 2697 v3 and 2699 v3 ?
what about overall performance in real-world not just pasmark :) worth the upgrade?
 
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Anyone compared idle of these vs 2697 v3 and 2699 v3 ?
what about overall performance in real-world not just pasmark :) worth the upgrade?
Here's an STH article from 2017 comparing several v3 and v4 processors in a Lenovo server. At the time Patrick seemed impressed with power consumption improvements in the 14nm v4s over the 22nm v3s. Two 14-core E5-2690 v4s idled in that setup at 79 watts and used 278 watts under 70% load. Today, the v3s sell for less than half of similar v4 processors....probably because of the differences in power consumption.
 
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Careful with ordering these. I got one for my X10SRL-F with BIOS 3.4. No go. Wouldn't boot or POST even after clearing CMOS and resetting BIOS to factory defaults.
 
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Careful with ordering these. I got one for my X10SRL-F with BIOS 3.4. No go. Wouldn't boot or POST even after clearing CMOS and resetting BIOS to factory defaults.
That's... weird? it seems like it should be a supported CPU. Wait it this one of those weird system integrator only cpus?

Picked up a pair of 2680 v4 last month for $45 each; they were mislabelled as 2640! In a X10DRH.
oh that's emazing. Is that listing still available? That price is still within "impulse buy" territory for me!
 
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Careful with ordering these. I got one for my X10SRL-F with BIOS 3.4. No go. Wouldn't boot or POST even after clearing CMOS and resetting BIOS to factory defaults.
Agreed. It's a good idea to check the benchmarking sites to see if the processor and other components work with your board/system before purchase. With a cursory search, I see the E5-2696 v4 working with X10DRG-Q, X10SRA and X10DAI boards but not the X10SRL-F. The benchmarking sites aren't foolproof but a working model system is a good indication.
 

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Wait it this one of those weird system integrator only cpus?
I believe the 2696 is a Dell OEM version of the 2699 with slightly higher single core turbo. Supposedly good compatibility with anything that supports the 2699, but yeah take it with a grain of salt and do research prior to purchase.
 
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these will not run on m630 blades because of the TDP but these run beautifully on R730xd. Half the price of a 2699 v4 and slightly better.
 
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Also we run 2696 v4 on some of our supermicro machines and they run great there as well, it just has to support the 150w. Yes on SYS-2028BT-HNR+ but no on SYS-1028GQ-TR surprisingly.
 
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Prices on the 22-core 2.2GHz OEM E5-2696 v4 are falling rapidly on e-bay - you can get one for less than $200. Just last month they were over $300. It's locked but can turbo all cores at 2.8GHz and 1/2 cores at 3.7GHz.
Not accepting < $200 now, came back at $215. Tried to buy 10
 
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