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Xeon ES CPU's ?
show user profile  FX
Has anyone had experience with Xeon Engineering Samples ?...legalities aside, are these things suitable for a render machine ?

CPU roulette ?
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8/27/2017 3:05:38 PM (last edit: 8/27/2017 3:05:38 PM)
show user profile  nemac
Aren't they pre production versions? Not sure what could actually go wrong?

Bit of a gamble I guess.

Which one are you looking at?

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8/28/2017 1:30:17 PM (last edit: 8/28/2017 1:30:17 PM)
show user profile  FX
As far as I can tell yes, they are all pre-production with varying levels of features and stability depending on the revision or stepping number...I think...:/

I was looking at the E5 2670 V3's, although I'm not keen on staying in the hand me down "server pull" world any more, working on a machine with 2.6 core is like a slug in a puddle, the v3's have an even lower clock rate, and DDR4 is crazy money compared to DDR3.

I messaged the ebay seller asking for revision / stepping info and they told me "the CPU's ( R2 or M0) were sent ramdonly." and if I wasn't happy I could get a full refund.

..problem is I'd have to buy a V3 board to find out :/

If I'm throwing so much money at another render slave, I'd rather go the extra mile, build a 1950x thread-ripper and assign my current dual 2670 to the slave department...I haven't been up to date for years ;)

..decisions decisions.....

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8/28/2017 2:25:25 PM (last edit: 8/28/2017 2:25:25 PM)
show user profile  nemac
Yea flag the ES's then. I saw the E5-2665's are still reasonably priced where as the 2670s shot up in popularity.

What about a fast i7 hex core for your workstation + another node with the 2665's istead of the threadripper?
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8/29/2017 2:32:17 PM (last edit: 8/29/2017 2:32:17 PM)
show user profile  FX
2665's are slower than 2670's, and not that much cheaper.

Thread-ripper gives me a workstation and node in one, faster memory, better bios, bragging rights and RGB features Pink Floyd would be envious of.

Server boards are dull as dishwater when it comes to bios & control features.

I'd have 32 threads @3.4 and 32 threads @2.6 using my current dual 2670 as a node.

...but yeah these ES chips look too much of a gamble.
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8/29/2017 3:29:58 PM (last edit: 8/29/2017 3:29:58 PM)
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