This computer is not meant for me and it's not what was planned at first. Somehow during my summer vacation changes were forced without my knowledge nor consent and after months of hassle and waiting I finally received 3 boxes full of parts today. Installing all of this was a breeze, or so I thought it would be. Mobo and case aren't made for each other. So I made custom motherboard standoffs!
One thing I'm unhappy about is the case, not because it's not a good one. This was supposed to go in a server room, which means in a RACK. Now it's gonna take all the available space on a shelf and usually shelves are a last resort in a server rack. As of yet I don't know exactly how this is going to end. OS will be Ubuntu and the computer will be used for heavy computing tasks.
The plan is to add Xeon Phi cards in the future, at least that's what we talked about, hence the 1000w psu. But of course that means we need a dev that knows how to code accordingly.
This is version 3, meaning it's not the lastest one and it's not finfet 14nm. But look at the price!!! We didn't have 3000$ per cpu to spend so a compromise had to be made. 2x 3ghz 4c hyper-threaded, yes please.
installed right off the box, didn't need to change the fitting. I expected a poopoo brown fan, that's what I got. Loads of thermal apste included (like way too much). Xeon will stay cool forever.
16 slots for the ram, full size holes for cpu cooler (80x80mm), every connector seemed perfectly at the right place. No sound header on the mobo, but then again this was NOT the WS version I used in the build so it was intended for server purpose. plenty of fan headers, many of them!
it's fast, way less expensive than Enterprise SSD, 10 years warranty.
Wanted long lasting 7200 rpm hdd. These days I still only trust WD when I want something reliable. Sorry for all those other brands that could be good, I don't want to learn the hard way if they are reliable or not so I stick with WD. Chose the SE for the warranty, otherwise it would have been RE and the like. Giving 5* for now, we'll see in 3 years.
very easy to work with, huge and roomy, modular drive cage, great cable management. It has a window, I would prefer windowless. Had to remove a stub in the hdd tray to fit the ssd, the mounting holes should have been centered instead, I fear I will lose the little stubs. knocking a star because of that and the flimsy plastic for the trays.
cable lenght between the sata power was too short, I couldn't bend them when ssd when in the back of the tray so I mounted them into the hdd cage. not enough sata power to fill the hdd/ssd in that case, I will have to use dongles if I add more drives.