[FS][US-MO] AMD EPYC 7543 Milan / Asrock Romed8-2T / 256GB ECC DDR4 3200Ghz

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slidermike

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Long post but hopefully it explains most of the questions (that I would have if I were a potential purchaser).


Selling:
  1. AMD EPYC 7543 (Milan) 32 core / 64 thread 2.8ghz turbo 3.7ghz 225w
  2. 8 pieces Samsung 32gb ecc ddr4 3200ghz (256Gb) m393a4k40eb3-cwe
  3. Asrock Rack Romed8-2T motherboard

Payment: Paypal, Cash, Venmo. (Paypal offers buyer protection I believe)
~ Local pickup if you are in the St. Charles MO area. My zipcode 63389.

bought CPU/RAM (new) & Cooler (used) from tugm4470 via Ebay in July 2023. Great seller, would purchase from him again when in the market.
bought mobo (new) from VPCI through Amazon in July 2023.

I paid - (excluding tax)
CPU $1400.00
DRAM $560.00
CPU Cooler $39.00
MOBO $667.98

Your price: $2430 (complete set)
CPU $1300
DRAM $500
CPU COOLER $30
MOBO $600
Shipping: Buyer pays


Your price: (pieced out)
CPU $1350
DRAM $550
CPU COOLER $35
MOBO $640
Shipping: Buyer pays

Pictures: gDrive_Pictures [the system said the images were too large so I added a link to my google drive]

Ideally it all as one set but would consider parting it out.
Serious inquiries only please.

Any documentation (emails, additional photos etc..) I have can be provided to serious inquirers.
I have the boxes the items came in and they would go out in said boxes.

The system is currently running my home unRaid. Thus the pictures are of the server in its running state.
Trying to upload the images it kept saying they were too large so hopefully linking to my google drive works.
I shared the pins pictures Asrock techsupport wanted as part of the troubleshooting in the lengthy backstory underneath.

Now to the backstory that should fill in most of the blanks.
I am a long time unRaid person and until the Epyc build it was running on an AMD 5900x.
I saved up for a "real" server as home systems kept me pci lane bound. Got the approval from the home boss (wife) to spend up to $x which lead me to downgrading from the Threadripper I really wanted and into a nice Epyc.
Migrating storage is easy with unRaid.
Been learning the ins and outs of Epyc on STH and levelone forums.
Noticed in the IPMI of the motherboard there were a couple of corrected notifications in slot A1. Being this was a brand new build with new components I assumed it was either user install error or faulty dram.
I reseated the dram with the same, infrequent corrected memory notifications.
I proceeded to contact Asrock to verify which physical slot it was. They confirmed it was the slot directly below the cpu (next to the pci port).
They suggested the logical, move memory around, clean the sticks, validate they are firmly seated and the slots free of debris. Done and the error stayed with the slot. Next step was to remove the cpu, check for bent pins or debris in the pin area and send pics to support so they could validate.
Done and they also confirmed no bent pins or debris in the socket. Next step was to send it in and they would further examine it and maybe a standoff is grounding or they could determine the cause. I countered with I was 100% certain I followed the correct standoff locations per the manual and due this being a high cost and brand new board with no user caused issue I would like to do an RMA. They said ok but that required another department. They gave me the link.
I initiated the RMA and asked them if they would do a cross-ship or take my credit card as security so they would pre-ship me a replacement as I did not want to be without my server for 1+ weeks.
The response was a curt "Unfortunately, we are not able to provide an advancement for your model. The RMA will be fulfilled in a first come first serve basis."
Needless to say I am unhappy with Asrock when it comes to standing behind the product. I paid a lot of money for the board and being it is a real server grade product I expected them to offer some form of exchange.
I do not intend to send the board in to Asrock at this time (there is zero impact). It would actually be more impactful to the family and friends if I took my server down for a long duration than to let the counters slowly increment.
Now we come to why I am posting.
I have spenders remorse. Love the performance and capabilities. The massive amount of pci lanes is a godsend. Spending so much money when I did not really need to is what is nagging me. I am doing nothing more with the new hardware than I was doing on the old hardware. No new VMs etc.. When the server guts sell I will simply move the storage array back into the 5900x and give the wife the money.
I can share the email details (tech support and RMA) as required.
If a serious buyer wants to inspect the parts in better lighting then I can take the server down and either do a video or pictures (your pref).


I am sharing my Ebay account to demonstrate my selling rating. I am not posting/selling my server on ebay.
I use the same username on STH and LevelOne, feel free to check me out. My account on the forums is relatively new as I have only recently gotten into the server market but I have tried to be active where I thought I could add value to the discussion or had unanswered questions.

If you have made it this far,
Thank you
Mike
 
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redeamon

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Hey Mike,

Thanks for your wonderful post. I just wanted to share my experience with memory errors on EPYC boards- in the vast majority of cases, it's been not enough torque on the CPU (some boards just need more torque) or using a torque tool that is inaccurate (they all have +/- error) or has become uncalibrated. Try going another 1/8 or 1/4 turn on each screw and see if that resolves the memory issue.

Sometimes after months or even years of 24/7 use, suddenly random memory errors would appear or PCI errors (especially with NVMe drives) and we found that tightening the cpu frame resolved the problem nearly 100% of the time. We now tighten to 16 in/lb on all EPYC boards excluding Genoa and haven't had an issue since.

This is one of the tools we use (notice it has an error of plus or minus 2 in/lb!): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012AXR4S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1
 
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slidermike

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Hey Mike,

Thanks for your wonderful post. I just wanted to share my experience with memory errors on EPYC boards- in the vast majority of cases, it's been not enough torque on the CPU (some boards just need more torque) or using a torque tool that is inaccurate (they all have +/- error) or has become uncalibrated. Try going another 1/8 or 1/4 turn on each screw and see if that resolves the memory issue.

Sometimes after months or even years of 24/7 use, suddenly random memory errors would appear or PCI errors (especially with NVMe drives) and we found that tightening the cpu frame resolved the problem nearly 100% of the time. We now tighten to 16 in/lb on all EPYC boards excluding Genoa and haven't had an issue since.

This is one of the tools we use (notice it has an error of plus or minus 2 in/lb!): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012AXR4S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1
Thank you @redeamon will give that a try. There has been no impact from the error and mostly i have over spent for my needs. I envisioned building many VMs etc.. turns out my environment is pretty static and adequately served by the 5900x for a lot less cost. Doh!
 
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