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Did I just received my UP AI Plus that I backed on Kickstarter?

Did I just received my UP AI Plus that I backed on Kickstarter?

Hi everyone,

Today, I got a package with Up Tape in it:

Up Board Package
Up Board Package

I’ve been expecting to receive my UP AI Plus that I backed on Kickstarter last year. The project got several delays due to Intel CPU shortages, but last week, I received a tracking number from AAEON, which makes the UP Board and this just popped up today. It initially should have been delivered on Thursday.

I’ll be opening the box and seeing if this is definitely the UP AI Plus and I’ll share the photos with you soon!

Received the two Intel Xeon X5670 today! 12 threads per CPU! Let’s install them!

Received the two Intel Xeon X5670 today! 12 threads per CPU! Let’s install them!

Hi everyone,

Today, I received the two Intel Xeon X5670 that I ordered on Monday. These two CPUs replaced the previous 2 Intel Xeon X5570 CPUs.

Below, I show you some photos changing the CPUs in my servers; the CPU specs, and running BOINC with them:

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Let’s Start!

First, let’s remove the server cover. Here’s how it looks internally:

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Here’s where the CPU’s and RAM Modules are located. We need to take out the plastic cover:

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We can see the CPU heatsinks and the RAM Modules:

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Now, we need to remove the heatsinks:

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One heatsink removed. See the CPU there.
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Both heatsinks removed.

A closer look at the heatsink:

Intel Xeon X5670 - 7

Next, we unlock the sockets to remove the CPUs:

Intel Xeon X5670 - 8

I’ll replace the CPU’s with the ones in the antistatic bags:

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So, we first need to remove the CPU’s from the Socket:

Intel Xeon X5670 - 10

Now, let’s take a closer look at the Intel Xeon X5670:

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Here’s one CPU installed in one of the sockets:

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And now, let’s take a look at the back of the other CPU and install it:

Finally, we now need to lock the sockets now:

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At this moment, the CPUs have been installed on the server. We now need to clean the old thermal paste from the heatsinks, apply new thermal paste to the CPUs and attach the heatsinks back to the server.

The heatsinks currently looks like this:

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To remove the old thermal paste, I’ll be using some alcohol swabs:

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They are clean now:

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Before inserting the heatsinks back on, we need to apply Thermal Paste to the CPUs. I use Arctic Silver in my PC builds, so here I’ll use it too:

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Ok. I admit I’m not an expert when it comes to applying Thermal Paste:

Intel Xeon X5670 - 20

Now we can finally put back the heatsinks:

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Since the server now has an additional 8 threads, it is a good idea to add 8GB of additional RAM. Here are 2 sticks of 4GB each:

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RAM inserted:

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Finally, we insert back the plastic cover, the case, and we can boot the server:

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Yay! It booted!

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CPU-Z Screenshots

Here’s a screenshot of both CPUs:

And here’s the CPU caches:

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A look at BOINC and the Task Manager

Now that the server has the 2 Intel Xeon X5670, it now has 24 total threads. Let’s take a look at the Task Manager:

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And a look at BOINC:

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And finally, a look at both the Task Manager and BOINC:

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I hope you all enjoyed this article! Now, let’s see if I get a motherboard to put the old Intel Xeon X5570 CPUs to work with a GPU.

CPU upgrades coming in the following days!

CPU upgrades coming in the following days!

Hi everyone,

Today, I made the decision to upgrade my server CPUs.

Currently, it runs using 2x Intel Xeon X5570, which are Quad-Core CPUs running at 2.93Ghz. These CPUs consume 95W each, and has Hyper-Threading, meaning each CPU has 8 threads. This means the server currently has 8 Cores and 16 Threads.

In the following days, it will be running with 2x Intel Xeon X5670, which uses the same socket and are compatible with the hardware.

The Intel Xeon X5670 is a Six-Core CPU running at 2.93Ghz and also has Hyper-Threading, meaning each CPU has 12 threads. It also consumes 95W, so I’ll be getting an extra performance boost while still consuming the same amount of Watts. This means that the server will have 12 Cores and 24 Threads in total.

Intel X5670 shipped

You can ignore that time frame. It is very likely I’ll get the CPU on or before Friday.

What will I be doing with those extra cores?

Crunch even more BOINC workunits, of course. 😀

You may have seen my daily World Community Grid stats posts. Those numbers will greatly increase once these 2 CPUs are crunching tasks. I really like contributing to that project.

Currently, I have the 16 threads crunching tasks:

Intel X5570 BOINC
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

GPU:

Intel Xeon X5570 GPU-Z

And finally, here’s BOINC crunching tasks:

Intel Xeon X5570 BOINC