64-core 256GB Workstation

Built by John on 04/05/12

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Full Specs

Supermicro H8QGi-F Motherboard
4x AMD Opteron 6274 16-Core 2.2GHz 115W Processors
32x Kingston DDR3-1333 8GB ECC Reg DIMM
Asus GeForce GT 430 1GB Silent Video Card
Asus Xonar DX PCI-E Sound Card
Silverstone USB 3.0 PCI-Express Card
2x Western Digital Caviar Black 2.0TB SATA Hard Drives
Asus 24x DVD-RW
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Chassis
Antec HCP-1200 1200W Power Supply
4x Noctua NH-U9DO A3 CPU Coolers
Ubuntu 11.10

Additional Notes

This is the second system with these specs that one of our business customers has purchased. They originally asked for "the most cores" and "the maximum RAM" we could provide - and with AMD's Opteron processor platform the answer was 64 cores and 256GB of RAM. Linux is the operating system of choice here, as Windows 7 can only utilize two physical CPUs and 192GB of RAM; a server version of Windows would have been required to make full use of this hardware, but Linux can as well with a much lower cost.

To round out the feature set this system supports dual monitors, offers 4TB of storage space, and has front USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and eSATA connectivity. Our client was also concerned about noise level, since this system would be used in an office environment, and we delivered on that front by using a passive video card and quiet Noctua CPU coolers.


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