Were you able to find the way to set the quanta's bios up to the maximum performance matching your supermicro rig? Please share your solution.
Yes. good question. Here are a few things I discovered.
The bios on the Quanta system when shipped was F03_3A07.
All the things needed are under the advanced tab in the bios.
First I enabled the show hidden options. Then go into the CPU configuration make sure hyper-threading is enabled, and active processor cores set to all.
I read in the F03A manual that you can enable the Turbo mode only after selecting custom for the cpu power profile, so the next thing is go into the CPU power management configuration.
With show hidden options enabled you can now set the Max CPU Speed. default is 255 but the description says max of 26, 27 for turbo mode. I set it to 32. (the spec from Intel is 33 for a single core).
for power technology set it to custom. EIST=enabled, Turbo Mode=enabled, Energy performance = Performance.
set the Factory long duration power limit to 115w (intel spec.)
set long duration maintained to 10 seconds (intel spec)
short duration power limit 140w (intel spec 1.2-1.3x TDP)
short duration maintained to 6ms (1-10 is bios suggestion)
After setting these I was able to get all cores to run at constant turbo mode at 3.0ghz.
I was very happy with these results. For us it resulted in a 20% gain in performance. An image that rendered in 51 minutes with default settings now rendered in 40.5. The max total CPU power use was 112w and the fans kicked in when the cpu temps got to 90c and cooled them down to 84-86 for CPU 1 and 74-76 for CPU 0. CPU 1 always runs 10 degrees hotter since it is in line with air flow from the other CPU.
AFTER doing all this I wanted to test the long term usefulness by installing windows server 2012 V2 and windows 10......they did not install. So....I flashed the bios to F03C3A07 and the ME. after doing that some of the settings in the bios changed and the default values were more like what I used. I tested renderings and got the same performance (40.5 min render) although the turbo mode was now 2.93 ghz. The big difference was......
After flashing the bios to F03C3A07 I could install windows 10 pro and windows server 2012 V2.
I hope all that helps.