Intel Xeon E5-2670 Deal and Price Tracking

Triggerhappy

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Roughly the same here Toronto - Niagara Falls NY but It feels too inefficient to drive 2 hours, pay $5-7 for a package, $4 for bridge tolls for $50 in product so I end up leaving stuff around for ages until it accumulates or I'm heading down there anyway. By then the customs guy never lets me through. Big ticket items is where this is worth it.

Full servers are great for this.

Recently bought a set of wheels + tires my local dealer wanted $8k CAD for. Bought from a us online parts store for $2200 USD + $100 shipping. Paid $300 at the border in tax and $15 pickup fees.
 

jrdnlc

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Anyone have the Supermicro x9DA7 MB? I'm looking for good prices on ECC 1333/1600 RAM. The ones I've found are over $200
 

wildpig1234

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Anyone have the Supermicro x9DA7 MB? I'm looking for good prices on ECC 1333/1600 RAM. The ones I've found are over $200
what about that MB?

ram price seems to have gone up a little since a month ago. but if you troll ebay or check in the for sale forum here, you can still get 8gb modules for $10-11. 16gb modules will be around $30 each unless you get lucky. 32gb and 64gb ones are significantly more expensive but only if you plan on having like over 256gb ram
 

RobertFontaine

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Motherboards depend on what you are using it for:
Server board
s2600CP2J

Hardcore geek that is willing to add transformers for power and piss about
Quanta Windmill

Workstation Sexy Time
Z9Pe-D8 WS (no deals here) - Slightly less sexy sm x9dai models.

So you have a pretty wide range depending on your networking, disk and pci expansion needs.
 

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Hey all - got my Intel S2600CJ2 from Natex per this forum. So far so good. Updated the BIOS/etc to the latest BUT, when I go to update the FRU I want to change the vendor name/etc. It's in there as "Cypress" etc. I think it's some Rackable system SKU. Anyway, I go to reset that with the FRU/SDR tool on a USB and I get a few issues.

Firstly, I get "The FRU HEaders for System FRU and file FRU are not matching Do you want to continue?" I say yes. I enter a SN# (all numbers), I enter a chassis PN# (all letters), and then a chassis mfgr. name (all leters), and then it asks "Do you want to update the system info area of the FRU?" and I say yes and it states "Error: Unknown Error" then "FRUSDR Update Completed"

Everything else seems to be working - any ideas?
 

wildpig1234

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as long as you correctly entered all your chassic and cpu fan position I think you are ok. Proof is if you have solid green status light rather than blinking amber one.
 

5mall5nail5

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as long as you correctly entered all your chassic and cpu fan position I think you are ok. Proof is if you have solid green status light rather than blinking amber one.
Yep so I have a solid green light. I did "FRUSDR /fru S2600cP.fru" which overwrites the FRU with the default. I rebooted, etc. and now my fans seem to be very slow (Noctua). The one CPU heatsink feels a bit warm to the touch. Sigh.
 

wildpig1234

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Download a utility like speedfan and see what the temperature sensor and fan speed reading is at idle and at substained stress.
 

5mall5nail5

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Download a utility like speedfan and see what the temperature sensor and fan speed reading is at idle and at substained stress.
Yeah only issue is I am running diskless w/ ESXi. I'll figure something out. I'll tell ya though, the fans are way too slow. Maybe I am wrong.
 
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Hey all - got my Intel S2600CJ2 from Natex per this forum. So far so good. Updated the BIOS/etc to the latest BUT, when I go to update the FRU I want to change the vendor name/etc. It's in there as "Cypress" etc. I think it's some Rackable system SKU. Anyway, I go to reset that with the FRU/SDR tool on a USB and I get a few issues.

Firstly, I get "The FRU HEaders for System FRU and file FRU are not matching Do you want to continue?" I say yes. I enter a SN# (all numbers), I enter a chassis PN# (all letters), and then a chassis mfgr. name (all leters), and then it asks "Do you want to update the system info area of the FRU?" and I say yes and it states "Error: Unknown Error" then "FRUSDR Update Completed"

Everything else seems to be working - any ideas?
I ran into this exact problem. Forgive me, it was a while ago, but I solved it by following the directions for flashing the FRU clean. I believe you can use the same tool you already have. Once the FRU is overwritten, I was able to update it just fine.

I also ran into the issue with very slow fans. I solved it by hardwiring the fans (I didn't trust the fan controller, I did trust 12v off the power supply.) The noctua fans I had were quiet enough that they could run at full speed and not be bothersome.
 

5mall5nail5

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I ran into this exact problem. Forgive me, it was a while ago, but I solved it by following the directions for flashing the FRU clean. I believe you can use the same tool you already have. Once the FRU is overwritten, I was able to update it just fine.

I also ran into the issue with very slow fans. I solved it by hardwiring the fans (I didn't trust the fan controller, I did trust 12v off the power supply.) The noctua fans I had were quiet enough that they could run at full speed and not be bothersome.
Yep - I had to issue a command to force the FRU. Once I did that all is well and can be updated. However, like you said, I don't have a ton of faith in the fan controller, however it's proven to be OK with "PWM additional" or whatever in the BIOS set to 50-55. This runs the CPU1/2 Noctua fans @ 1200RPM and then they still ramp to 1586 RPM when load goes up. I might hardwire though since like you mentioned the fans are pretty damned quiet either way.
 

Jack-BH

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The markets got flooded with these with major data centre refreshes. Looks like the price is back on the rise as the bulk of these have now hit the market. Buy um' up whilst you can!
 

MBastian

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The markets got flooded with these with major data centre refreshes. Looks like the price is back on the rise as the bulk of these have now hit the market. Buy um' up whilst you can!
I do not know the refresh cycles of the big players but wouldn't it be hight time that v2 E5s are phased out? Maybe it would be beneficial to wait a bit longer, not only for v2 CPUs but also for a price drop of 16GB or even (*gasp*) 32GB DDR3 DIMMs.
 
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Jack-BH

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I do not know the refresh cycles of the big players but wouldn't it be hight time that v2 E5s are phased out? Maybe it would be beneficial to wait a bit longer, not only for v2 CPUs but also for a price drop of 16GB or even (*gasp*) 32GB DDR3 DIMMs.
True, it would seem that they should begin to phase out, however a lot of the servers that are currently being refreshed take both V1 or V2 so you do find that they have V1 quite often. 16GB/32GB DIMMs are extortionate and i'm not sure when they will begin to drop really, i'd see this pricing staying quite flat maybe with a small decline.
 

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I don't see why you think the prices will rise? As more datacenters cycle out Haswell chips, you should see the demand on these V1/V2 chips shift drastically. The power savings alone for the same amount of cores/performance should net you the difference in acquisition cost within a few months.
 

Jack-BH

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I don't see why you think the prices will rise? As more datacenters cycle out Haswell chips, you should see the demand on these V1/V2 chips shift drastically. The power savings alone for the same amount of cores/performance should net you the difference in acquisition cost within a few months.
The V1 chip price? I'd suggest it'd see a slight rise as the amount of processors that are available, sell. You can see this with the 5600 series processors, they still sell for similar amounts as the V1 chips due to less availability (such as the X5670's/X5675s). I've already witnessed a price rise on these (in the Europe) over the past 4-5 months.