No overclocking features on the SuperMicro boards, they concentrate on stability and reliability for critical workstations and servers. If you want the best overclocking features, then look at the ASUS board, possibly the EVGA SR-X. Unfortunately, the E5-26xx CPUs are multiplier locked and already run super hot, especially the 150W rated ones like the 3.1GHz. They all have the same base clock... So overclocking features are kinda moot. I hear that all the Ivy Bridge engineering samples floating around are not multiplier locked, so that's a promising sign. We should see them hit the market within the next year.
Installing only one CPU cuts your memory capacity and available PCIe lanes in half, as those controller components are integrated into the CPUs. Maximum RAM capacity with the E5's is 256GB per CPU. You will also be limited by the number of memory slots on your motherboard. If you know for sure you won't ever add the second CPU, then there are motherboard options that offer a single CPU socket still tailored for the Xeon E5 platform, such as the SuperMicro X9SRA board. If you're only going to install one CPU, then you're probably better off to go with an i7 desktop CPU and overclock. For that approach, I would recommend the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme motherboard or (can't recall the model) the to X79 motherboard from Gigabyte. You'll be sacrificing two cores and won't have as robust of a memory subsystem among a few other things. But with something like an i7-3960X CPU overclocked to 4.4GHz, it should do better than the single Xeon CPU for most everything. That's the down-side of the Xeons, they're rather expensive.
16 Physical cores though, right? :P
I think I will wait until i can buy both CPU... because i need a lot of pci lanes and ram...
I like to over clock the system, because with not so expensive cpu you can get the top performance. I'm not worried about multiplier, in fact i have a i980x and i used a 21x multiplier ( the stock is 25x and its unlocked). I prefer to go up with bclk, i have it at 200. But for sure i need to tweak voltage.
OpenGL in my case is not only dependent of my gpu. Without over clock and gtx480 i get 37fps (with tiger). With over clock i get 47fps, the over clock is only for the cpu and bclk not pci express. Maybe with windows this is different!
What are the best compatible rack mount cases for this mother board?
sandy SUPERMICRO mainboard X9DRi-LN4F+ with e2690 dual cpu xeon....
One really important requirement for the hackintosh is a properly working audio system. This board above has no built in audio as it's a server board. When first testing CS6, and even general quicktime playback, it does not play back the video if you are missing audio. I had to go out and buy a USB audio device for it to work properly.
The supermicro cases that are quiet desktop cases with 8 bays, also have rackmount rail kits you can buy. They convert from a tower to a 4U server with rails.
The Dimensions looks great, especially the Depth of 25.5" (648mm).
I wonder what the rails look like on it.
71 lbs (32.2 kg)
The one thing about SuperChassis is the noise, I wonder if you can replace the fans to make them quieter?
Have you heard the sound coming out of this case?
The one I had sounded like a jet taking off when I turn it on.
Luigi, the fking beast!
Always funny to see the beasts you mad pc men build.
Very first time I opened a pc yesterday. Was proud and had real fun (very simple moving hd to optical bay, mounting ssd and swapping memory on the refurbished 2011 17' I just got from Apple).
Thanks for inspiring
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