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First SMP Xeon System Done!!

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Abercrombie_Boy

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First off, big thanks for everyone here and at 2cpu for helping out out the last couple months! I finally had a little time over Thanksgiving break to finish gathering parts and piece everything together. I know the system soundfx4 is working on would tear it to shreds , but everything was pretty cheap and this will keep my tinkering occupied for the next few months. :)

2x 3.0Ghz Xeon
Iwill DN800-SLI
2x Transcend 512MB DDR2-533
XFX GeForce 7800GT
Creative X-Fi X-music
Plextor DVDR PX-740A

After Oc'ing:
http://www.rit.edu/~jmb3524/409/puter.JPG

Runs really stable, haven't really put it through a massive 24-hour burn in, but COD2 and F.E.A.R. run flawlessly with all the settings maxed. I've never done any benchmarking before, but I'm going to try to give it a go this weekend and change the memory timings, voltages...etc.

According to speedfan both cpus hover around 48C under a decent load, but that seems low to me. Anyone know of a different program that will work with my mobo?
 

Shelnutt2

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It says your 3.0 Xeons are Cranford's. I;ve never heard of those codenamed xeons. Enlighten me please.
 

mateo

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They're Irwindales. Dunno why CPU-Z completely missed the boat on that...

Go for the full 255, those babies should be able to do 3.8 :)

BTW, what are you using for cooling?
 

Shelnutt2

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I google Cranford and it told me they were the MP edition of Irwindales.

Those are som serious clocks man. Keep it up.
 

mateo

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Nocona 2.8s can do 3.6 on the stock cooler no sweat...Xeons have a lot of potential in them. Too bad that the current-gen boards blow chunks compared to the Pentium D mobos...
 

Albigger

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Shelnutt2 said:
I google Cranford and it told me they were the MP edition of Irwindales.

Those are som serious clocks man. Keep it up.


Woah - if those are MP versions they are probably worth more than the 'standard' xeon. I thought most of us use DP xeons (meant for use in dual-processor systems) while MP versions could be used in more than 2-way systems (4 or 8?).


Anyway, agree on the nice clocks part!
 
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Abercrombie_Boy

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mateo said:
They're Irwindales. Dunno why CPU-Z completely missed the boat on that...

Go for the full 255, those babies should be able to do 3.8 :)

BTW, what are you using for cooling?


I stopped using the 'auto' timings and started tinkering with the memory today, but even on the lowest settings 5-4-4-7, I can't get past 248. Any higher and the machine reboots when it gets to the XP loading screen.

I stuck with the stock HSF that came with the cpus and have 2 casefans. I wasn't sure if they'd work well for oc'ing, but they seem to work great. I updated Speedfan and it now reports idle temps around 26C and a mid-load temp of 36C, which seems too low to me.
 

Albaholic

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Sweet. Those are some really nice clocks. bump up the voltage & see what that gets you
 

wa77ss

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Man....Dual Xeons look really fun....Congrats on the great system !! = )


Also...do you have 2x 7800 ? Or just one ? Thanks
 
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Abercrombie_Boy

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WaTTz said:
Man....Dual Xeons look really fun....Congrats on the great system !! = )


Also...do you have 2x 7800 ? Or just one ? Thanks

I decided to go with just one 7800GT and use the money to get a decent water cooling set up in the near future.

Albaholic said:
Sweet. Those are some really nice clocks. bump up the voltage & see what that gets you

The board has a 255 FSB limit :( so I figure I'd leave the voltages stock until someone finds a way around it.