ES Xeon Discussion

RolloZ170

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So now I should try my luck by adding microcode to the BIOS right :))
i took a look at the X99-8M-F, and was shocked.
i have a X99-8M which has 6 phase VRM and a real C612 chipset
the X99-8M-F shippes with only 3 phase VRM and a B85 chipset. take care of your VRM they are not made for 135 watts.
 
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i took a look at the X99-8M-F, and was shocked.
i have a X99-8M which has 6 phase VRM and a real C612 chipset
the X99-8M-F shippes with only 3 phase VRM and a B85 chipset. take care of your VRM they are not made for 135 watts.
Thanks for the warning, I am aware of that already but I just wanna try if it works (additional VRM cooling is a must tho). I'm also thinking of getting myself an used X99-AD3 to pair with this power-hungry monster.
 

wingpegasis

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I have tried adding 306F0 microcode to the BIOS, but the system still refused to boot. Fan spinning but no beep at all. The CPU did heat up. Any suggestions?
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RolloZ170

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If that's the case then the 306F1 microcode already exists in my BIOS. What could possibly be causing the problem here then?
even if the MC is missing or memory is not supported there must be an error post code.
if the CPU does nothing it is dead or the BIOS lacks support of this ES stage.
 

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I'm wondering how something like a Xeon 6130H system off Ebay compares against 1st gen EPYC processors like 7551P. The Xeon motherboard/CPU is priced slightly more than the EPYC system. Which one would be a better fit for running VMs?
 

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7551P = 32 cores but only 3ghz max boost
6130H = 16 cores but 3.7ghz boost clock

If it’s a lot of VM’s or highly threaded workload then the AMD but the Intel is really not a bad cpu and lower tdp so possibly easier to cool.

Maybe licensing is a topic for you also ? (Let’s say windows with the 16-core base limit)
 

thebluehue

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7551P = 32 cores but only 3ghz max boost
6130H = 16 cores but 3.7ghz boost clock

If it’s a lot of VM’s or highly threaded workload then the AMD but the Intel is really not a bad cpu and lower tdp so possibly easier to cool.

Maybe licensing is a topic for you also ? (Let’s say windows with the 16-core base limit)
Thanks, that is very helpful. Licensing isn't an issue for me. Usecase is for homelab use and I will be running Proxmox. Guests will be Linux or FreeBSD.
 

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Thanks, that is very helpful. Licensing isn't an issue for me. Usecase is for homelab use and I will be running Proxmox. Guests will be Linux or FreeBSD.
I know I don’t run any actual heavy workload but other than people who are practicing some data silence or some AI/ML I am not convinced anybody would need beyond 16cpu, memory maybe more so.
Probably I don’t care as much as some hanging out here because I get to play with the big stuff at work during the day.

Either way probably pick the cheapest or toss a coin. Until 16-core busy I would assume the Intel wins, anything beyond that the AMD will no doubt win.
(Not I didn’t have any other advice since it seems you don’t specifically need lathe cache or AVX512 or anything really interesting)