Did you buy from the vendor listing this sale and was the memory from them fully compatible? I was intending to buy 16x8=128GB expecting to be able to add another 8x8 later if desired. Sounds like I need to confirm the RAM in the unit will allow this. Thanks for the heads up!
I bought two units from the vendor here. He was good, and I would buy from him again. The memory that came with the units were fine, but not enough for me. I bought additional memory from another guy here on STH, and they all worked, but not all at once. I was trying to get one server up to 384GB of RAM, but it wouldn't boot with 384GB, no matter what I did... I tried multiple slots, BIOS configurations, etc. It just didn't like more than 192 GB of RAM. Keep in mind though, that the memory I was using was not what is considered the "norm" for the server.
Do you think this was unique to your unit, or have you heard this is an issue with this model/line?
I'm not sure, but this has been happening on both of the servers I've bought, so I would guess that it maybe related to the server/BIOS. It hasn't happened lately though, so it might have been just a fluke.
Is that due to the CPU or MB/Box or all of the above. Im thinking of a higher speed v2 CPU eg 2670/2680/2690 v2. I have not run true server configs, just server os on Wk Stations. What level elect use/bill are we talking? Thanks again!
It's pretty much all of the above. You're not buying a power-efficient server. You're buying a good, solid workhorse, and it's not going to be super energy efficient. This is the older line, so it tends to be more power hungry, and given it's a server, two procs with a higher TDP with fans that are constantly running.
For the past couple of weeks, each server has been using 142w-158w. Keep in mind that both of these servers are on 24/7, have 8 SATA HDDs, and aren't heavily used. I would expect your use case to use more power, since you want to run 10 VMs and a GPU as well.
What do you mean by that? What do you advise against? This is fairly new to me...
I'm not sure *I* would do what you're doing. I've run workloads like this, and I've noticed that my bottleneck has always been the disk I/O. I don't know if 2 mirrored SSDs will perform well enough for you when you're throwing Photoshop in there. Again, it's a matter of use case.
It will be in a rack in a closet in my office. I don't mind modest "white-noise"
Are you able to tell me the basics on my prior PCIe question? Between what's built in, what's on expansion ports and PCIe, should I be fine with what I'm trying to connect?
Thanks for your help. I appreciate it!
From what I can tell, you should be fine with what you're trying to add via PCIe. There are two riser cards on the server that should be able to handle whatever you put in there, unless you put in and really push the GPU.
Hope this helps!