new server, EPYC 7351P based, hardware info
My significant other and I got ourselves a new home server.
You’ll notice that the motherboard is far from maxed out in our current build. That is quite intentional as we want the possibility of future expansion.
My installation notes, with regards to hardware, follow.
While the motherboard can accommodate Dual AMD EPYC™ 7000-Series Processors, we currently run it with one AMD EPYC 7351P 16-Core Processor only.
Yes, expanding to Dual CPU will mean removing the 7351P, since P models can only operate in a 1P configuration. But any CPU upgrade will anyway be to the generation after 7351P, 1P or 2P will be decided at the time of upgrade.
Note to self: be sure to flash mobo firmware update before installing a CPU model that was not yet released at the time of last flashing.
Each socket has 8 DIMM slots, we went with four 32 GB modules.
|4||Samsung M393A4K40BB2-CTD||128 GiB|
While I mostly see other vendors when I do my day job, Super Micro servers are used by some of the customers I get sent to. Personally I much prefer Super Micro machines, so as motherboard a H11DSi-NT was chosen.
on 2018-08-17 I went to the Super Micro resources for H11DSi-NT and followed the links
- Update Your BIOS
- IPMI Firmware
Re-flashing updated the versions to:
|Firmware Build Time||06/05/2018|
|BIOS Build Time||05/02/2018|
Original fan thresholds
Default values for all fans were identical for all fans. Values of one of them follow;
[root@guest01 ~]$ ipmitool -H supermicro-bmc -U ADMIN -f ~/.ipmi-supermicro-bmc -I lanplus sensor get FAN6 Locating sensor record... Sensor ID : FAN6 (0x46) Entity ID : 29.6 Sensor Type (Threshold) : Fan Sensor Reading : 1100 (+/- 0) RPM Status : ok Lower Non-Recoverable : 300.000 Lower Critical : 500.000 Lower Non-Critical : 700.000 Upper Non-Critical : 25300.000 Upper Critical : 25400.000 Upper Non-Recoverable : 25500.000 Positive Hysteresis : 100.000 Negative Hysteresis : 100.000 Assertion Events : Assertions Enabled : lcr- lnr- ucr+ unr+ Deassertions Enabled : lcr- lnr- ucr+ unr+
The fans LIAN LI included with the case were, as expected, too noisy for my taste.
Noctua replacement fans
Once the Noctua fans (all mounted with their included rubber pegs instead of screws) had replaced the factory fans from LIAN LI I and I adjusted the lower fan RPM thresholds and hunted down all sources of vibration of the case, the noise level of the server became much more bearable in my small home office.
Cooling Fan mappings
I’ve connected my fans as follows to the motherboard PWM connectors
|FAN 1||roof exhaust rear fan|
|FAN 2||not connected|
|FAN 3||front bottom HDD fan|
|FAN 4||roof exhaust front fan|
|FAN 5||CPU fan|
|FAN 6||rear exhaust fan|
|FAN A||front middle HDD fan|
|FAN B||front top HDD fan|
|molex adapter||side panel fan|
I’ve opted to only connect one fan in the side panel, the lower one. The upper one would reach in the space where the CPU cooler is. I might move the fan on the CPU cooler at some point. For now the upper side panel opening is covered with cardboard.
While the side panel has a neat connector that automatically shuts the side panel fans off when it is removed, that connector has only 2 contacts. Since PWM uses 4 lead, I used the NF-S12A FLX there nd connected it with both the low noise adapter and a molex adapter.
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