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Dual EPYC

Post by Werewolf » Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:24 pm

Does anyone have experience with this enough to recommend a workstation manufacturer? I'm looking for a large manufacturer at tier 1 level - such as Dell - but I'm really struggling to find a company which sells dual EPYC machines.

The only feedback I have is that it's hard to get 2 EPYCs in a case and Dell don't go with AMD at all.

Bizarre.

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Re: Dual EPYC

Post by Cumnor » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:21 pm

You could try Broadberry https://www.broadberry.co.uk/amd-epyc-workstations

CyberStation Performance - Dual AMD EPYC
This Broadberry CyberStation is powered by dual AMD EPYC processors, has a maximum RAM capacity of 2TB and can be configured with up to 8x SATA/SAS hard drives.
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Re: Dual EPYC

Post by Werewolf » Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:54 pm

Thank you, that looks very interesting

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Re: Dual EPYC

Post by Dann Corbit » Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:30 pm

Werewolf wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:24 pm
Does anyone have experience with this enough to recommend a workstation manufacturer? I'm looking for a large manufacturer at tier 1 level - such as Dell - but I'm really struggling to find a company which sells dual EPYC machines.

The only feedback I have is that it's hard to get 2 EPYCs in a case and Dell don't go with AMD at all.

Bizarre.
There are a boatload of manufacturers.
I don't know what country you live in,
Good reviews(whe whole sites, not just individual articles):
https://www.servethehome.com/amd-epyc-7 ... s-of-rome/
https://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cpu/1332 ... er/?page=3
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=recent

One sample link (put the word configure into your searches)
https://www.avadirect.com/Supermicro-A- ... e/13005933

search with these words:
amd epyc workstation configure
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Re: Dual EPYC

Post by Dann Corbit » Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:41 pm

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Re: Dual EPYC

Post by Werewolf » Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:07 pm

Thanks.

I live in the UK so most of those would be unavailable. I'm really looking for a tier 1 company with global reach (Dell / HP / Lenovo etc). I may be being too picky but in the past I've been a bit burnt by the more regional distributors.

Broadberry is interesting - I don't know much about them - and similarly Workstation Specialists might be interesting. I bought a Dual Xeon from them before but it was horribly loud.

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Re: Dual EPYC

Post by smatovic » Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:23 pm

If you choose a regional system builder you can be/make sure they use common
standard parts like case/cooling/MB/PSU and replace them by yourself. This may
not be the case with tier 1 prebuild systems...

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Re: Dual EPYC

Post by Werewolf » Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:14 pm

True, but I trust something like a Dell Precision.

What's bothering me at the moment is companies going bust and I don't really want to fiddle with an expensive machine. The local ones tend to be "back to base" as their support option and I just don't have the time anymore.

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Re: Dual EPYC

Post by Dann Corbit » Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:41 pm

Re: "Broadberry is interesting - I don't know much about them - and similarly Workstation Specialists might be interesting. I bought a Dual Xeon from them before but it was horribly loud."

Most really high end systems are built for a computer room. They have squirrel cage blowers that spin like a router bit and sound like a jet engine taking off when you are giving the machine a workout. Since they are not intended for home use, almost all of them are like that. There are a few that are specially made to be quiet, and all of them are workstation format. Another thing you can do is buy a soundproof box for it.
Those boxes have temperature governed cooling and will quiet the machines to where you can hold a conversation or watch television in the same room.
Example:
https://www.amazon.com/Network-Enclosur ... B079KTKXBP

You have to make sure that the enclosure is deep enough for your server. All of them are 19 inch rack mounts, but some are not deep enough for a really long server.
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Re: Dual EPYC

Post by Cumnor » Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:25 pm

Werewolf wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:14 pm
True, but I trust something like a Dell Precision.

What's bothering me at the moment is companies going bust and I don't really want to fiddle with an expensive machine. The local ones tend to be "back to base" as their support option and I just don't have the time anymore.
I have brought all my Servers from Broadberry and have had no problems so far in the 10 years I have been using them.

As all mine are in a server rack in a server room I have no idea on how noisy their desktops/tower are.

Broadberry do offer 1,2, and 3 year on-site NBD support and also 4 hour response on-site support as well as their standard 3 year back to base support.
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