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About TopHatProductions115

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    Destroyer of Universes

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  • Location
    Edge of the Void
  • Interests
    too many to detail.
    (I'm lazy)
  • Biography
    too much to detail.
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  • Occupation
    Hat of Destruction


  • CPU
    2x Intel Xeon X5680
  • Motherboard
    Dell 6FW8P + H236F OEM Motherboard
  • RAM
    48GB (12x4GB) DDR3-1333 PC3-10600 REG_ECC (removed the 16GB DIMM)
  • GPU
    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB (removed the GT 520)
  • Case
    Dell Precision T7500 (OEM)
  • Storage
    (4x2TB) HITACHI HUA722020ALA330 HDDs
  • PSU
    Dell W301G H1100EF-00
  • Display(s)
    MSI Optix MAG24C (removed HP ProDisplay P17A)
  • Cooling
    Dell Precision OEM cooling shroud(s)
  • Keyboard
    Logitech K120
  • Mouse
    Logitech M325
  • Sound
    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS SB0350 (removed SB Audigy 2 SB0240)
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Enterprise (Windows Server 2016 Datacentre coming soon)
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  1. This status update is for the overarching Project Datacentre Evolution. If you're looking for info on Project New Client or Project Personal Datacentre, please goto their respective links. Some minor changes have been made. 


    Time to unleash IvyBridge-EP 48 cores/96 threads upon the world...



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    2. TopHatProductions115


      @firelighter487 What do you think of this phone?


    3. LukeSavenije


      the 1080 still goes barely above the 1070 ti in some tasks. look at the ones you're doing and make a choice based off that


      tho keep in mind the 1070 ti has no pre-binning, so low level 1070 tis can be as good as a high end

    4. TopHatProductions115


      New motherboards for Project Personal Datacentre, Plan 2 found :) ...

  2. Time for a much-needed update to Project Personal Datacentre. Due to a new development, Plans 2 and 3 are being changed around. Here's what's up:

    TL;DR HPE made the GX Blades so that they're incompatible with PCI-e x16 without some serious measures. And I'm not really in the mood for B.S. from an OEM, so I'll take my chances with hand-building my first real workstation when the time comes. @Ithanul, your instincts were right - HPE ruined the seemingly perfect enclosure option (c7000). Also, the E5-4657L v2's are way cheaper than the E5-2697 v2's - which are definitely tempting options for a HPC server/workstation build. I've also decided to remove some parts that are of no interest to me as if this writing. With that, here are the current prospects:



    PLAN 1 :: 2019-2021

    Base Computer/Tower :: Dell Precision T7610 
    CPU ::  2x Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2's or

                 2x Intel Xeon E5-2695 v2's
    RAM :: 16x 4GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10600 REG ECC (may use 8GB DIMMs)
    STR ::  4x 2TB HITACHI HUA722020ALA330 HDDs +
                            1x Western Digital WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB SATA SSD (either primary OS or caching)
    GPU :: 2x AMD Radeon Rx Vega 64's +

                            1x nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080/1080 Ti
    SFX ::  1x Creative Sound Blaster ZxR/Zx (w/ ACM)
    PRP :: 1x BlackMagic Design DeckLink 4K/6G SDI (may leave this out - Software X264/X265)
                1x Logitech M510 wireless mouse
                1x HITACHI GH24NSC0 optical drive

                1x 50-inch curved either 4K or 5K 60Hz (sRGB/DisplayHDR) monitor

    NOTE :: All other components (not included in the linked photo) provided by OEM



    PLAN 2 :: 2021-2023

    Base Computer/Tower :: Custom configuration 

    MTB :: SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DR3-F-O (SSI EEB - for E5-2600 v2) or

                AsRock Rack EP2C602-4L/D16 (SSI EEB - for E5-2600 v2) or

                Supermicro X9QR7-TF-JBOD (Proprietary - for E5-4600 v2) or
                Supermicro X9QRi-F (Proprietary - for E5-4600 v2) ...


    or    Intel S4600LT2 + F4S16 (L/R) Riser cards (for E5-4600 v2)


    Not likely to happen if the Supermicro motherboards can be had for cheaper than the price of the Intel motherboard + the Riser boards, seeing that the PCI-e expansion for this option is quite limited...

    CPU ::  2x Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2's or

                 2x Intel Xeon E5-2695 v2's or

                 4x Intel Xeon E5-4657L v2's

    RAM :: 16x 4GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10600 REG ECC (probably will use 8GB DIMMs instead)

    STR ::  4-6x 2TB HITACHI HUA722020ALA330 HDDs +
                            1x Western Digital WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB SATA SSD (either primary OS or caching)

    GPU ::  same mess as above*
    SFX ::  Creative Sound Blaster ZxR/Zx (w/ ACM - may use my current audio card if I run out of x16 slots)

    PRP ::  1x BlackMagic Design DeckLink 4K/6G SDI (may leave this out - Software X264/X265)
                 1x Logitech M510 wireless mouse
                 1-2x HITACHI GH24NSC0 optical drive (depending on how many SATA ports I get)

                 1x 50-inch curved either 4K or 5K 60Hz (sRGB/DisplayHDR) monitor
    PSU ::  expecting a minimum of 2 CPUs/3 GPUs and a maximum of 4 CPUs/3 GPUs...

                 I could borrow an Arc Reactor, or go dual-PSU like Linus just did with 6 Editors - One Tower...

                 2x Corsair AX1200i 1200W 80+ Platinums?

    NOTE :: Case and fans/cooler(s) are still being decided on (Corsair A70's or Noctua NH-D15's). Most likely going Noctua for the case fans. Now to choose a case...



    PLAN 3 :: 2023-20XX

    Base Computer/Tower :: Custom configuration 
    MTB ::  ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme X399 or

                 MSI MEG X399 Creation (@LukeSavenije Your motherboard suggestion)



    As I stated in a previous reply, I'll see if I can make the MEG work. Hypothetically, I could:

    • use PCI-e x16, slot 0 for a GPU
    • use PCI-e x16, slot 1 with a splitter, and hope there's enough room between slots 0 and 2
    • use PCI-e x16, slot 2 for another GPU
    • use PCI-e x16, slot 3 for another GPU


    With the ROG, I was gonna do something like either:

    • use PCI-e x16, slot 0 for a GPU
    • use PCI-e x16, slot 1 for another GPU
    • use PCI-e x16, slot 2 for another GPU
    • use PCI-e x16, slot 3 with a splitter for the audio and capture card(s)


    • use PCI-e x16, slot 0 with a splitter for the audio and capture card(s)
    • use PCI-e x16, slot 1 for a GPU
    • use PCI-e x16, slot 2 for another GPU
    • use PCI-e x16, slot 3 for another GPU

    and since there tends to be enough space for smaller devices near the top and bottom, that would have been easy to setup. Not exactly up for taking a jump and hoping there's enough space later. Does anyone on the forum own the MEG, for measurements?


    CPU ::  AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX or

                 AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX
    RAM :: 4x 8GB PC4-25600 DDR4-3200MHz ECC, Single-Sided B (Hynix or SAMSUNG)
    STR ::  4-6x 2TB HITACHI HUA722020ALA330 HDDs +
                            1x Western Digital WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB SATA SSD (either primary OS or caching)
    GPU ::  same mess as above*
    SFX ::  Creative Sound Blaster ZxR/Zx (w/ ACM)
    PRP ::  1x BlackMagic Design DeckLink 4K/6G SDI (may leave this out - Software X264/X265)
                 1x Logitech M510 wireless mouse
                 2x HITACHI GH24NSC0 optical drive

                 1x 50-inch curved either 4K or 5K 60Hz (sRGB/DisplayHDR) monitor
    PSU ::  Corsair AX1200i 1200W 80+ Platinum (You can thank @LukeSavenije for this change)


    NOTE :: Case and fans/cooler are still being decided on. Most likely going Noctua for the case fans. Now to just decide on the case...



    Can't wait to start on Plan 1 (finally)!!! :D 

    1. TopHatProductions115


      Current ESXi 6.X plans:

      • Windows Server 2016 Datacentre (VMware vSphere/vCenter, Ms Active Directory, Simple DNSCrypt, SoftEther VPN, multiplayer gaming servers, etc.)
      • Mac OS X El Capitan/Mojave (Google Drive/MEGA file sync, Plex Media Server, DaVinci Resolve, Android backups, general software development, etc.)
      • Manjaro Linux (getting used to Linux again - OwnCloud, Steam, and OS development. F@H, BOINC, etc.)
      • Windows 10 Enterprise (primary VM for front-end tasks. Steam/GOG, livestreaming, SVP4 Pro, Discord bots, Moonlight Streaming server, etc.)
      • Test VM, for when new software packages need to be tested before deployment

      Each one should have at least 4-6 cores and 8GB RAM. Windows Server and the Test VM don't need GPUs, since they're not performing any tasks that can be accelerated by an AIB (can use on-board video and audio for all I care). MacOS and Linux are getting Radeon cards if I had it my way. Windows gets whatever card I can give it, because the GTX 1080/1080 Ti might not be in the cards by the time I get the cash. The reason for why I'm doing this.


      BTW, this is tempting me too much 😂


      P.S. By the time I get to plan 3, DDR5 should have come out - which will drop the price of DDR4 to a usable level...

    2. TopHatProductions115


      BTW, still considering these options, depending on whether the PCI-e slots end up being too clustered together on the motherboard:

      Because of the fact that the quad-socket motherboard only comes with 4 PCI-e x16 slots. And as far as I know, that appears to be the only quad-socket mobo available on the used market. Unless someone has another one in mind...


      Not even looking at these, due to cost:

      • iPass OSS-KIT-EXP-9000-2M
      • iPass OSS-KIT-EXP-3810-1M
      • iPass OSS-KIT-EXP-6810

      Yeah - I'll have to do everything by hand if I go down this route. Kinda wishing that HPE had went the consumer-friendly route with their c7000...

    3. Ithanul


      HPE is not the grandest to say the least.  At work we just recently had to deal with their support.  Talk about wasting over 30-40 minutes of our time telling them that the issue is most likely the motherboard or CPU.  Finally got them to send a tech and guess what, bad motherboard.  Would of part change it ourselves, but the darn things have three years warranty we had to pay for since we could not buy without the warranty.


      Also, research about those Xeons and make sure their are no BIOS issues with them and those boards.  At work we just found out some random reboots are occurring because of bad microcode release on these Xeon workstations.   Over all, I just say avoid HPE until they get their crap straighten out.


      On the X399 motherboards if you go that route, make sure to research how well ESXi works on those boards.  Some X399 boards are a pain last I researched into but that been a year or so back now.  Good chance newer BIOS revisions have corrected issues.  Personally, I would lean to the MSI Creation board as those have good VRMs and the WX chips are power hungry.  Along with 1usmus releases custom BIOS for those boards (yep, the chap that makes the Ryzen/TR RAM calculator releases modify BIOS for that board).  You maybe better off to wait for news on the next gen TRs.  As 7nm should help with power draw (along with supposedly better latency and RAM compatibility - not set in stone info though, so take as rumor until official chips are release and tested).

  3. Time for an update to Project New Client, seeing that some of the details have finally been decided on. Firstly, the GTX 1060 6GB will definitely be used as an eGPU for the EliteBook 8770W (once I get the GTX 1080/1080 Ti for Project Personal Datacentre), seeing that I can't guarantee that I'll be able to grab the GTX 1070, sadly. MXM (3.0b) is friggin' expensive. The hope is that, while this laptop will allow me to remote into Project Personal Datacentre when necessary, it will also decrease my dependency on such measures (due to this bump in specs), which is especially useful in environments with bad/congested/compromised networks. The Quadro M5000M got kicked from the GPU options, due to lack of modern features and negligible performance difference when compared to the 880M and 980M. Reduced HDD specs to match already-acquired hardware, since I'll be using the HDD that I already have. Updated OS options as well. With that, here are the updated specs:

    • HP EliteBook 8770w
      • 17-inch 1080p DreamColor (10-bit) Display
      • choice of either
      • GPU choice of either:
      • either:
        • 8GB (2x4GB) PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 or
        • 16GB (2x8GB) PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 **
      • 2TB or 5400RPM SATA 6Gbps HDD
      • Optical drive choice of either
        • Blu-ray R/RE DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL drive ** or
        • DVD+/-RW SuperMulti DL
      • No webcam, but include a microphone
      • HP 8-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (83 WHr)
      • External HP 230W Slim Smart AC adapter (with HP Fast Charge)
      • dual-boot (Windows 10 Pro + Mac OS X El Capitan or Mojave))
    • HP Advanced Docking Station


    Options marked with ** are ones that might not make the final cut, due to price. In these instances, the next best option will be considered.

    1. TopHatProductions115


      FYI, this is a planned replacement for my ProBook 6475b.


      Imma buys these. One day...

    2. TopHatProductions115
  4. Blame @WereCat


    1. ARikozuM


      Why is everyone posting that video?


      Well, you’re the fourth or third.

    2. WereCat



      Maybe YT recommendation went wild


    1. ARikozuM


      He's the god of loud noises and bright flashing, not hot plasma. - Noh Won


    1. Schnoz


      Or just use the Zombieload exploit against Intel's headquarters. I bet that every single person working for Intel is forced to use InteI processors, so theoretically I could just steal all their data. Not that I'd want to though...fuck their CPUs

  7. Interesting...


    1. Schnoz


      when he smashed a kingpin with a hammer that caused me literal pain


    @Ashiella @iLostMyXbox21

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    2. iLostMyXbox21


      in his defense that was about 67% their fault for walking in front of him lmao

    3. ARikozuM


      TAC: "Guy coming down the stairs."

      Everyone: I WANT THE KILL!!!

    4. Ashiella


      just be a comp player and never tk


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    2. _StrikE_


      @Schnoz *Shhh...* Don't say that, i will be honest, i want my multi-million bunker where i will live the rest of my life as the hermit of all hermits.

    3. ARikozuM


      Motherfucker better not leave a slime trail all over my waifu pillows. 


      Also, what's stopping you from going to the other hemisphere? The ocean is so vast and has so many crevices that the snail would take years to cross. 

    4. VegetableStu


      step 0: wait for killer snail to appear at your doorstep

      step 1: catch snail in plastic box/jar/etc

      step 2: find construction site

      step 3: stealthly drop into deep hole that's about to receive cement

      step 4:




      of course find something that won't break when dropped. or come to think of it, going by the speed of a snail....

  10. I'm actually starting to get tired of this. First, the crypto-boom that wrecked the GPU market. Then, the memory shortage/crisis that came afterward. Then, the RTX launch that left us waiting for lower prices. After months of waiting for the market to get its head on straight  (and people trying to mine crypto from drives), this BS:

    It's bad enough that people still buy gaming GPUs for mining (instead of ones that are meant for the task). Now they wanna chase away ASICs and start mining with CPUs instead? Right before the launch of Ryzen 3000?! This better not touch the E5 Xeons. Hopefully, I'm just overreacting...



    1. _StrikE_


      Freaking hell they should just stick to the freaking asic units and not ruin it for the rest of us with their crap minning.

  11. TopHatProductions115

    will xbox 2 be at 2080 ti level?

    That is where I disagree with you. If you have twice the energy capacity, then you can hold twice the energy. That's it. Energy usage/expenditure over unit time is power. If I have two devices, A and B, such that they consume the same amount energy to do the same task, but device A consumes said energy in half the time of device B, which is more powerful? Devices that generate and use electricity can have power (active components). Components that manipulate and store energy cannot also have power. Sort these by Power or Energy: Electrical Generator Solar Panel Battery Capacitor Transformer Inductor Resistor Transistor Diode The results also separate passive components from active components.
  12. TopHatProductions115

    will xbox 2 be at 2080 ti level?

    @GoldenLag I don't intend to sound rude, but I just dropped out of a class called "Principles of Electronics". In that class, the professor actually defined capacitors as components that store electrical energy with an electrical field. This is in comparison to inductors, which do so with magnetic fields. Capacitors also have the ability to: reduce signal noise for transistor-controlled circuits filter frequencies (along with inductors) I must also note that batteries and capacitors are different in their intended use cases. Batteries are meant for long-term storage (of potential energy) and operation, while capacitors are meant for either short-term energy storage, or electrical signal filtration. https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/capacitors/capacitor-theory Also, energy and power are two different things in science (especially Electronics and Physics). I will be using the definition(s) for Physics. Energy is the ability to do work Power is Energy, per unit Time Thus, Power is mathematically a function of Energy and Time. Calculus and other classes delve more into this, but the concept is still there - Power and Energy are not the same. I have a book suggestion for you. https://www.amazon.com/Computer-Architecture-Quantitative-John-Hennessy/dp/012383872X @Mira Yurizaki Sorry for the derailment. Just saw something that was in need of attention, from my Computer Science/Engineering background.
  13. This status update is for Project Datacentre Evolution. If you're looking for details on Project Personal Datacentre, please see the previous status update for today. Let's get into the important details. The DOOGEE S90 v2 that I've been waiting to see more on is actually being called the DOOGEE S90 Pro. So, I'll be waiting for that to come out before getting a new smartphone. I'm buying it more for the features and gadgets than the camera. For the camera gap that's in my current fleet (with the absence of a 4K HDR camera), I'm looking for a camera from Blackmagic Design, seeing that I have no desire to instantly share every photo I take with the world. I can also get a better imaging sensor in a dedicated camera, which is a plus. I'm also interested in Google's Project Stadia, and would like to grab the Stadia Controller if possible. The rest of Stadia's perks mean nothing to me, because I will be hosting my own game-streaming service - via Project Personal Datacentre (with Moonlight). Project New Client will decrease my dependency on remoting into Project Personal Datacentre, which is especially useful in environments with bad/congested/compromised networks. Gotta also setup an encrypted VPN service on the Datacentre at some point, to accompany the DNS server that I already have. And if Personal Datacentre works out as well as I hope, I could use the GTX 1060 6GB as an eGPU for New Client. Hopefully, my previous experiences with ESXi will make this a breeze.

    • 2019 - GTX 1080/1080 Ti (Personal Datacentre)

    • 2019 - JBL Synchros E50BT or Stadia Controller

    • 2019/2020 - Project New Client

    • 2020/2022 - Project Personal Datacentre (T7610)

    • 2022 - DOOOGEE S90 Pro

    • 2022/2023 - Camera from Blackmagic Design

    • Hopefully move out in 3-5 years

    • 20XX - Project Personal Datacentre (c7000 - Pending)

    • 20XX - Infrastructure upgrade (Threadripper/EPYC)


    The last parts are the long-term evolution(s) of Project Personal Datacentre. If I have it my way, I'll have a pretty involved setup when I move out. Changes can be made, depending upon availability of monetary resources. My first job of the year starts in a few days.


    On a side note, this is still on my mind 😂 



    It all starts this summer...

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    3. TopHatProductions115


      Might be adding the JBL Synchros E50BT back to the shopping list. At ~150 USD max, they make for good Bluetooth headphones, and pair with almost anything and everything I currently own. Not as picky as the ones I currently have (SONY WH-CH700N). For some reason, those had a hard time connecting to either my tablet or my iPod Touch...


      Kinda hard to remember since I stopped using them after getting annoyed with them during a car ride, where they just couldn't work as they were supposed to. They've been put in tech-exile for being dysfunctional for anywhere near 100 USD.


    4. TopHatProductions115


      analog keyboard comes after everything else is finished :D