$650 64-Core Quad Socket Gaming Workstation!

$650 64-Core Quad Socket Gaming Workstation!


Back in December of 2015 we threw together a budget eight core gaming PC for under a hundred and fifty bucks
for the CPU RAM and motherboard. That is still a great deal almost two years later, and we were able to do this
Thanks to a couple of things. One:
high-end workstation and server equipment is often ahead of the technology curve in certain ways like multi-core processors and
Two: the way that businesses upgrade their IT gear on a regular cycle
Can lead to big jumps in the supply of
This older tech
on sites like eBay, where the pricing often ends up much lower than mainstream
hardware because it’s less familiar to the average consumer and nobody’s searching for it. So we thought to ourselves well
Now eight core CPUs are like mainstream, so how do we take this concept to another level?
Let’s build the most badass machine possible
using decommissioned server gear
What could go wrong? (Boom)
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So this video has actually been ongoing since uh,
mid May, I mean what the crap? How difficult could it be to source some
junky old stuff on eBay and slap it together
It’s story time
So way back then Anthony and I, that was like way early on in his employment here even,
we sat down, and we first looked for the biggest baddest motherboard
We could possibly find on eBay. The most sockets, the most memory slots, the most
actual
physical size, and we settled on this: the Supermicro H8QG6F
designed for the proprietary
SW TX form factor. It checked all the boxes. Four G34 CPU sockets
32 DIMM slots for up to a terabyte of ECC registered ddr3 memory
Multiple PCI Express slots and even an on board LSI SAS controller. This thing is in another league!
Look at all those connectors, and yes, those are fans on the chipsets
plural chipsets
Speaking of which the i/o includes three Ethernet port so two gigabit for data and another one for IP mi
Which is a remote management interface you can learn more about here.
Next up then
Choosing a CPU; Or rather four of them. As we pointed out in our hundred and fifty dollar gaming rig video
top of the line SKUs for even very old servers are still being sold at a premium but
drop down a few tiers and aha
There we go the Opteron 6276 with
16 cores each can be had for 30 bucks
So we snatched up four of those then we grabbed a case lot of
16 four gigabyte sticks of ECC registered memory giving us
quad-channel memory for each of our
4 CPUs
That’s like 16 channels of memory
Hahahahaha. So then at this point we were ready to rip up the performance charts, right?
Not really, so not only is this motherboard a crazy form factor
That wouldn’t even begin to fit in any case or test bench we have here at the office
We also needed to track down a power supply with three
EPS 12 volt connectors in order to supply power to all of these bloody CPUs
I mean even the highest end consumer units only come with two such cables at most so what we ended up doing was
frankensteining together the cables from two modular units onto one
success
So then with that issue you solved we plugged it all in and powered it up
Blank screen
The board wasn’t posting. Now the CPUs are on the supported list so… what gives?
well, we ended up shelving it and waiting a couple of months for a slightly stripped down version of the same board it lacks the
SAS controller and a few PCIe slots, so that’s a bummer
But it’ll do at least it came with some eight core Opteron 6128 already installed
So we were able to use those to fire it up verify it was working then swap our 16 cores in and what?
Okay, I’m gonna skip the long version here
And it turns out that despite the BIOS reporting that it was the latest revision it
Was not so a desperation BIOS flash later, and we were finally in business
On an unrelated note anyone want to buy an unexpectedly functional quad socket Opteron board
anyone Bueller Bueller
Bueller
Oh right, no you want to see how it performs first. Huh well with a whopping
64 cores we put it straight head-to-head with Ryzen Thread Ripper and
Intel’s latest core i9. I mean this thing’s gonna win with its eyes closed and one hand behind
It’s back in the multi-threaded tests right. We’ll get to those but first. Let’s address the elephant in the video title
Gaming
It sucks. Like
Let me make this abundantly clear
This is a 1080 TI running at 1080p
So if you’ve ever wondered what a bottleneck looks like
This is it rise of the Tomb Raider in DirectX 12 got 10% of the performance of the core i7 7700 get
10% and it’s even worse in csgo, I mean at least it was only half as bad in 3d marking Unigine superposition
But I mean if Supermicro is to be believed
This is or at least was a machine that was designed to do work not games
So will it blend
Actually, yeah in blender its 3d rendering prowess doesn’t put it quite on the level of Thread Ripper work
For i9 but it handily outdoes the Rison 7 1800 x4 roughly the same overall system cost
unsurprisingly Cinebench and 7-zip show similar results, but the lack of a VX to support and
Relatively low cache per core hinders its high core count significantly compared to its more modern competition
even in these multi-threaded workloads and
There’s more to buying a CPU than just performance too so we tested our thermals with some
Noctua nff 12s just sitting on top of the heat sinks that were included with our board and actually
this wasn’t bad each CPU hit only 55 degrees at the worst in AIDA64 as
for that power draw
Hone le wow that’s a number that only gets trumped by our
overclocked
18 core core i9 7980XE extreme edition though in fairness this is
64 cores across four CPUs
So bottom line then umm
Fun experiment, but did we get our money’s worth well given that we bought two boards by accident
No, no we didn’t but let’s play a game where we pretend. We didn’t do that for gaming this setup is
super dumb, but for productivity
Surely doesn’t look that bad
Even though it is at the bottom of our charts like so all in we paid about
eighteen hundred and eighty eight dollars for this ghetto workstation as SPECT
Using a motherboard box as an open bench style case now as soon as you buy modern hardware like a 1080 Ti
the bottlenecking of that high end gear hurts your overall system value
But if all you wanted was CPU performance
And you just put like a five dollar graphics card in then our system here actually
Delivers better value than Ryzen Thread Ripper, and if we had waited our testing more towards blender
We’d have seen an even better price to performance ratio this actually makes for a, a really cool budget blender box
but if
You want to do almost literally?
Anything else with your machine especially gaming it
Shouldn’t be your first choice
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100 thoughts on “$650 64-Core Quad Socket Gaming Workstation!”

  1. Tip for the video editor – those background image lights during the benchmark results = annoying.

  2. But how it is for cryptologick task? with such thread and amount of RAM, it should be a very nice station to encrypt massive storage or decrypt without encryption key

  3. What if you had another motherboard as a co processor, I would love to see a video on that weather or not it's a server you are doing it with

  4. If you are watching this now, you can get a 6core/12thread Xeon E5-2630v2 with motherboard and 16gb of ram for $130 from aliexpress.

    That cpu is probably equivalent to something like a ryzen 1400.

    Combine it with a radeon rx 570, and you can play every modern game at 60+ fps for around $250 (excl. monitor)

  5. What a completely useless video. So you created a machine using parts for which it was built for and it works great for its intended purpose. But sucks for gaming…..Ya and? You just spent time creating a machine for it's intended purpose and not for gaming and wasted our time. Your title is one step lower then click bait.

  6. i been running ACER ALTOS T110 F3 SERIES for years now runs like a dream with games with a 780gtx this was listed years ago the link http://www.avantitech.com.au/store/product/4793/Acer-Altos-T110-F3-Series/

  7. Hello, im 16 years old and just left school, i was wondering when i get the money (trying to find a job atm) you could possibly build me a pc. My budget will more than likley be £600 ($775). Maybe you could make a video out of it. Thanks

  8. I know it's old. But one of the main problems not mentioned in the video is that Windows consumer editions (Win 8, 10) only support 2 CPU sockets. So they have to use Windows Server that messes up with anything related to gaming, 3D, graphics drivers, consumer benchmarks, etc.

  9. But Linus, you just said BIOS latest Revision was the problem, why didn't you just use the motherboard that you bought originally?

  10. But Linus, you just said BIOS latest Revision was the problem, why didn't you just use the motherboard that you bought originally?

  11. This computer price is wrecked, its around $1,500, not $650. That's twice the fake price.

  12. That was actually fun and interesting.

    I actually still have some older Opteron boxes/servers lying around my house.

    Maybe I can donate them somewhere and someone else might be able to still learn using the now-decade-old hardware.

  13. That was my dream machine idea since 2015 and you proved that it won't work great. Thank you my friend.

  14. Thank you for the video. But why choose opteron CPU at times when AMD had low single core performance? You could have used dual CPU like E5 2670. Cheap and works.

  15. I dont care if it suxks I still want those 64 cores!!!! Really that thing just looks awesome to me. Im actually building a dual Xeon X5650 pc atm. Tech Yes put me onto those 1366 xeon 6 cores. Bummer these 16 cores dont do better at gaming x)

  16. X56xx (1366) can be had, and could be had when the vid came out), cheaply. Opteron? Please…. What bothers me is that Linus knows this very well.

  17. If anyone here is curious, I'm building the Intel version of this quad-socket Supermicro board over the next few weeks. Total cost will be $1200 and that's inclusive of the actual, correctly matched case. I plan to put two video cards in it and assign one to a gaming-oriented VM. If anyone's interested in the build log/results/benchmarks let me know.

  18. …. But pci lanes arnt shared that way… It has to pass through the processors that the lane is assinged to… Doesn't thatean you are basically using one CPU while gaming.

  19. If that MoBo is still for sale I will give you $5 and a snickers bar for it, but only if you throw in the CPU's.

  20. This video pops up in my feed almost 2 years later. At first I thought "holy crap, Max is back!", but thought I should do a sanity check on the date of the video before I get carried away… Yup it's an old video…

  21. For consumer budget workstations, a single Opteron should suffice and would likely show similar results in up-to-16-threads software anyway. It would be far cheaper and you could even find a decent ATX board for it.

  22. I’m not a teach guy nor I care about geek tech, I only come here cuz I have nothing else to do… I like my iPhone, iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, and my AirPods 🙂

  23. I'd probably build such a system just for fun. But I have absolutely no tasks for which 64 cores would be useful…

  24. 4:00 im thinking its going to tank hard – due to 32 or 64 bit progs not being able to address – what do we have here umm 256 bits or is it double – could you use this for multi screen multi tasking

  25. LOL, this is so bad now. Pause the video at the Cinebench R15 results, and you get i9 7900X (2146) [10 core 20 thread] performance matched by the 2019 R7 3700X (2121) [8 core 16 thread] desktop replacement R7 1700x. The price of the new R7 3700X is also only about $330 + $150 for Mobo. Even the Thread Ripper (3,016) gets its ass handed to it by the 2019 desktop parts such as the R9 3900x [12 Core 24 Threads] that delivers an impresive performance step around (3200). What a diffrence a couple of years make.

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