I’m thinking about upgrading my Xeon v4 primary workstation early next year. These are the current specs:
Most of the components are still pretty high spec after last year’s round of upgrades (current my 4th rebuild on this motherboard). So I was thinking of concentrating on the CPUs this time around as they (and the 2133 RAM) are pretty much the oldest part of the system.
The 4TB Hybrid drives currently in JBOD will be replaced by a pair of 14TB drives in RAID1 (I already have these drives). This is scratch space used for storing easily replaced stuff like my steam game library.
I prefer to use ECC RAM as I pass a lot of data through this system before archiving it on a separate unraid box or to ultrium tape.
I do a lot of things on this box. Gaming, VMs, Video encoding and about half my life in 1000 tabs in the browser.
I usually run some Arch variant… currently it’s Manjaro 18
Still undecided about a major upgrade vs getting my hands on some high clocked higher core count v4 Xeons and waiting another year for 7nm/10nm. But the max I’d be willing to spend would be ~€3000 on a major upgrade. For that I’d want to see a 40%+ uplift in synthetic benchmarks or a mix of that and lower power consumption.
Also if anyone knows of a suitable desktop 2.1 amp for a system like this with two additional SPDIF inputs (for laptop and sonos). I currently use a Teac Al-101DA which is dying…
Grateful for any opinions.