My new BOINC Crunching Machine

My new BOINC Crunching Machine

Hi everyone,

Today, I’ll show you my new machine that I’ll be using to crunch BOINC tasks.

The machine is a used Dell PowerEdge R710. It has 2x Intel Xeon X5570 clocked at 2.93Ghz. It didn’t had a GPU except for the integrated basic GPU, so I added the ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO that I was previously using as an eGPU (external GPU) in my laptop.

The Intel Xeon X5570 is a Quad-Core processor with Hyper Threading. This makes it an 8-thread processor, and since the server has 2 Intel Xeon X55700, the server has a total of 16 threads 🙂 Yay!

As for RAM, It had 32GB of DDR3-1333Mhz. However, due to the power draw the machine had, which was 400W, I removed most of the sticks and let it run with only 8GB of RAM. Also, I replaced the SAS Hard Drive with a standard 2.5″ SATA drive. This greatly reduced the power consumption and right now it uses between 308W to 318W. It may sound like a lot, but the server is actually quiet and doesn’t generate a lot of heat. The PSU is 80 PLUS Silver certified.

Here is the CPU overview:

Intel Xeon X5570 CPU-Z
Intel Xeon X5570 Task Manager


Intel Xeon X5570 GPU-Z

And finally, here’s BOINC crunching tasks:

Intel Xeon X5570 BOINC