Jeff, how about some cinebench scores on the HPz820?
Jeff, how about some cinebench scores on the HPz820?
The Z820 system is giving me a render score of 25.31 and 84.98 on the render with the Quadro 6000 GPU.
But like I said, it's not capitalizing on the CPU abilities... I just compared the base numbers on my Z820 for now until I really get to dig into tweaking everything. On my nearly identical build using the SuperMicro motherboard and the same CPUs, I managed a render score of 31.09 in Cinebench. But I had to crank up the minimum CPU in the Windows settings as high as it would go (default is 5%) and I had to run another render in Modo to get all 32 threads firing at full speed then started the Cinebench render test a fraction of a second before the modo render completed! So yeah, I kinda cheated... But it shows Cinebench to be a poor way to benchmark these new systems.
If its not asking too much, how about doing the same cheat on the HP box.
I am Incredibly torn between the HP/Home built and a TOP END BOXX, and I am suffering of paralysis by analysis, if u you know what i mean.
I'll give it a try after I get everything set up on the HP box. I have an issue to iron out with the Vertex 4 SSD I've installed. It's giving me some erratic performance and the system likes to hang and reboot itself one every 2 or 3 times it wakes from sleep. I think that is related to the SSD as it didn't do it when booting from the stock HDD.
FWIW, the SuperMicro build was giving me a 25.10 running the Render test through a few times. So the HP box seems to be tuned well.
Based on the components in the BOXX system for the price I would steer you away from them. They're using an Arima motherboard, from what I can tell, which are usually pretty good, but it's just not at the same level as the SuperMicro X9DAi or their similar offerings or the HP. You can only install half as much RAM and you have fewer PCIe configuration options. It's more comparable to doing a self-build with the ASUS dual E5 motherboard. On that note, I'll say that I'm hearing good things about the ASUS board -- if you don't need all the PCIe slots or the 16 DIMM sockets. It brings some overclocking options to the table as well. Not much as the Xeons are multiplier locked and voltage limited, but there is a little freedom to play there that you don't get with the SuperMicro boards. Not sure what the EVGA SR-X is going to offer. I don't know anyone who has one yet.
I have to choose beetwen Super micro and HP and as you are the only one personn that have both, i ask you that question. I know that the Supermicro is bigger and better but I am afraid of the noise because I can't put the computer behind the wall. So, what is the difference in noise between the two ?
I wouldn't say the SuperMicro is better. Only real difference is the PCI slot configuration and since you're assembling yourself, you can place it in as big of a case as you would like. The HP system is very quiet. Comparable to a Mac Pro, the only fan that I audibly hear ramp up under load so far is the one on the Quadro 6000.
The SuperMicro build on my end is noisier at the moment, but I can make it quieter by swapping out fans and whatnot. Not sure what else to say on that, it's as quiet as you can build it. If you want the quietest option, you will want to go liquid cooled.
Thanks again for being such an incredibly valuable asset to the forums. I bet you are a little tired of the endless questions. I think the timing just so happens to coincide with many of us needing to make large hardware upgrades and studio changes during a very chaotic, for lack of a better word, time in the software and hardware arena for production.
I'll PM you if I need to, before I fill this thread with the build data. I'm building out a Z820, and soloing all of the research. We own a 4-slot double wide cubix with a RR and GTX 570 (space left to add a few things down the road, and we can move around the aforementioned in the new proposed machine). This gets used on a Mac Pro 3,1 which will find use as another less important machine.
We plan on doing a business lease for the machine, I'll find out today if I'm inhibited by that in any big way. My biggest questions: Are there any known issues with the hard drives that HP has as options during the build? I am debating between a 1x256gb for the Win7 OS & Apps, then 3x300gb 15k SAS drives in a RAID 5 array for working drives. Those are all HP drives, and I am considering replacing those working raided drives with SSDs. I can have the work drives come pre-raided with an LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260-8i. That is convenient, but I could prefer an ATTO card just because I have seen them perform well over the years.
The internal HD setup and raid configuration continues to be my primary concern. We'll be doing the E5 2687 3.1ghz config with 64gb RAM (I'm on the fence and may go 128gb). We might end up purchasing one of the OWC Jupiter offerings for external fast data, once more details/pricing are known. LTO setup for backups, most likely.
Cheers and many thanks.
I think I'll definitely still go with the 2687w's and just get a liquid cooler. Do you have any suggestions by chance? Never had to look into them, to be honest. That's pretty new ground for me. Would something like this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835181017) work? I'd have to get one for each CPU, correct?2690's are a consideration, they seem to do just fine with air cooling. In the end, price will be similar. A good liquid system or, self-contained liquid coolers like what HP is using, come at a premium so that just about offsets the lower cost of the 2687W CPUs. Performance is going to be mostly similar, but the 2687's do score better in intensive tests and benchmarks.
Also, I'm now wondering if I don't want to look into a different chassis than the pre-wired Supermicro one. Are there any specifics I need to keep in mind with that. I've basically just been looking around at the E-ATX compatible cases on Newegg. From what I can tell I basically need to look into something that's ready for liquid cooling, right? Would cases along these lines work: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147157 (Pretty new to this, can you tell)? And of course, I have to make sure I get a power supply as well, I realize (This? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139014)
That RAM doesn't look so bad in price actually. Seems I could go 128gb with those at only a few hundred dollars more.I have 64GB in both the HP system and the other SuperMicro based system I've put together. At least for the moment until my other RAM arrives (today). 64GB is a good amount. But for intense rendering where I can maximize all the cores/threads on this system, it's a bit tight. I would recommend the Samsung or Micron DIMMs if you can find them, it's a pain. I had a round-about way of getting them from Micron. There's these modules here by Kingston, which should also work just fine, but they're a bit slower at CAS-11. Which is what the HP system is using. They're HP-labeled, but I'm positive these are the same modules in my Z820. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820239015
Looking forward to those 6000 vs. 580 tests. I also noticed this weekend that you can actually throw a 580 in the Mac Pro with 10.7.3 and it's plug 'n play. Do you have experience with that? Are there any caveats I should know about if I wanted to just splurge at the moment and get one to spice up my current Premiere system on my 2008 Mac Pro? I read there may be issues with the 6-pin this or that. Didn't do any extensive reading, but the possibility is intriquing.Only card I would potentially recommend over the 580 right now would be the Quadro 6000. It's going to be slower for some stuff, especially performance visuals and pushing textures around. On the other hand, even with 3GB you can bottleneck the card with that RAM amount if you're really loading it up with a lot of data. Overall it's better tuned and runs silky smooth in various 3D apps. I like it, but it's pricey. I'll be doing comparison testing between the Quadro 6000 and GTX580 in the HP system this weekend. I still have to get all my software installed though, I just finished installing all the HDDs a few minutes ago and out of time for today on that project.
Yeah, not too bad. I'm probably going to order some to get my HP system up to 128GB. Although I'm going to wait for the Memorial Day holiday. HP usually has coupon codes and their official modules are currently $165 each, so not much more, and I bet I can get them for the same price or less if they have a sale.That RAM doesn't look so bad in price actually. Seems I could go 128gb with those at only a few hundred dollars more.
As for the liquid cooling, I don't have any recommendations at the moment. I tried both the LGA-2011 compliant cooling blocks from CoolerMaster and ASETEK and neither one would fit properly over the CPUs (not big enough to fully cover) and the Cooler Master ones wouldn't properly mount to the sockets on the SuperMicro board. Kinda weird. I never got a response from ASETEK and CoolerMaster said they are working on a solution for the new Xeons. I'm using stock air coolers at the moment and they're working OK, but noisier than I would like and the CPUs run hotter on that build than on the HP.
I'm looking forward to doing them here in the next couple days, just been having trouble getting to it. I'm not sure about the '08 Mac Pro with a GTX580... You're kinda reaching there and I see other bottlenecks holding you back. For starters, the RAM on the system is clocked at 800Mhz and it's already the bottleneck when working at 1080p and higher in Resolve on that platform. I would also be curious as to the power abilities in the older tower and if it really could drive a 580. It works alright in a 2009/2010 tower -- I addressed it in the Ne Mac Pro thread in this forum a little bit ago. In an '08 Mac Pro, I think I would go more for a GTX460 or even scrounge up an actual Mac Edition GTX285. It's still a great card and actually has pretty darn good CUDA performance. So does the Quadro 4000 Mac Edition. Of course the GTX580 is better if you can get it up and running, but like I said, I see other bottlenecks holding you back with the older system.Looking forward to those 6000 vs. 580 tests. I also noticed this weekend that you can actually throw a 580 in the Mac Pro with 10.7.3 and it's plug 'n play. Do you have experience with that? Are there any caveats I should know about if I wanted to just splurge at the moment and get one to spice up my current Premiere system on my 2008 Mac Pro? I read there may be issues with the 6-pin this or that. Didn't do any extensive reading, but the possibility is intriquing.
Cool. The quietest option is to choose their liquid cooling solution -- which is two self-contained liquid-based CPU coolers.
Be sure to track down all the HP discount codes! They have a 20% off code and depending on other factors, you can often get another 3% off of that, but it doesn't look like that one is running at the moment, expired April 30. The 20% runs through July. Which at that time, they'll probably adjust pricing and issue new coupons. HP always has big coupons like that 20% to get their system prices down into the realm of normal.
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