My new AMD Epyc Server

Submitted by Matt on Fri, 11/15/2019 - 17:19

So I decided to finally retire my ProLiant 2U DL380 Gen9. This machine has served me well but I am ready to move on to bigger and better things. It works well for what it does but I would like to get something quieter, ATX, with more PCie lanes, less than my current 350W idle power, uses ZFS and that does not have spectre/meltdown issues. Also I specifically wanted to ditch Intel since I now work at AMD. So I set to work acquiring the components.

Processor: AMD Epyc Rome Processor 64c 128t Prototype
Motherboard: Supermicro SP3 with a BMC https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07943YXT2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
DIMMs: 128 GB recycled from previous system. Unfortuantely they are only 2400 MHz. At some point I will want to upgrade to 3200 MHz DIMMs but its not in the budget for now
PSU: Antec 750W Gold
CPU Cooler: Black friday special water cooling loop https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QPNP4VP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Case: Black friday special https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16811147227?Item=N82E16811147227
SSD1: Samsung Evo Plus 970 1TB
SSD2: 2x 1TB SATA Samsung EVO 970
Networking: 2 Port Fiber NIC
Spinning Hard Drives: 5x https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-easystore-12tb-external-usb-3-0-hard-drive-black/6364259.p?skuId=6364259

I finished her and she really is quite the beauty. She runs super quiet thanks to all of the fans being at least 120mm in diameter. The case is cheap but it has everything I need and is full ATX for future expansions. ZFS now ships with newer Ubuntu versions and it works great, I highly recommend it over hardware RAID which is what I had before. I get ridiculous throughput on that array.

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I named her (or rather made her hostname) Pearl in honor of my old Labrador Retriever growing up. I run ESXi with several different VMs and even pass through some hardware to the VMs.