Overkill x99 system built for gaming and compute heavy tasks. I built this computer in the winter of 2016. Pretty much no expense was spared, I wanted absolute scalable performance.
I bought a 6950X, because.... (insert reason here) OCed to 4.2 GHz @ 1.25v getting idles around 37C package and average 27-30C on the cores.
I originally purchased an Asus Rampage V Extreme for this build. After about 2 weeks of smooth performance with a slight overclock the on-chip voltage regulators i7-6950X decided to fail causing the board to return the dreaded "bd" Q-code on startup. Thankfully Intel authorized an RMA that saw a new one arriving within 2 days. I was a bit worried about the board at the time since I was unsure of the cause of the issue. (Intel later got back to me once one of their team had a chance to inspect the problem chip.) I decided to just go ahead and get the Edition 10 to be absolutely sure. I still have the Extreme sitting around and maybe I'll put it in another build one day.
So, I have a pretty unconventional storage setup in this system consisting of four 960GB Corsair Neutron XTi SSDs in RAID 0 using the on-board Intel RST (Rapid Storage Technology). I decided to try IRST out since this board contains a very robust chipset. I chose this method to maximize single pool storage and throughput (I have 10TB of space on a NetGear ReadyNAS RN102 that I image the whole system to for backup so parity isn't really a concern). I was a bit "iffy" about using a RAID setup like this without a dedicated RAID controller but this setup has performed fantastically for nearly 2.5 years.
- CrystalDiskMark Results:
- Sequential Read (Q= 32,T=20) : 3360.167 MB/s
- Sequential Write (Q= 32,T=20) : 2092.985 MB/s
- Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T=20) : 748.361 MB/s [ 182705.3 IOPS]
- Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T=20) : 644.338 MB/s [ 157309.1 IOPS]
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