Hi guys, I've had someone working to put together a system for me over the last several weeks.
I've now got the machine but as I've been putting it through it's paces we are discovering a few problems.
Just throwing some questions out there as we are both getting to the point of being quite frustrated and any help will be greatly appreciated!
Now just to clarify, I didn't build this machine myself but have been helping to sort out quirks as they arise. I'm probably capable of trying out most fixes but anything a bit over my head I'll pass on to the builder to carry out. Just trying to save a bit of time if I can do some things my self seeing as the machine is at my place. We've also been at it pretty much full time for nearly 8 weeks.
These are the specs (any other info you need just ask & I will find out):
EVGA SR-2 motherboard
2 x 6 core Xeon 5679 3.2GHz (12 core/24 thread)
32GB ECC RAM (4 x 8GB)
GTX570 MSI twin frozr II
OCZ Agitlity 3 240GB OSX system drive (6Gb/s data connection)
OCZ Agitlity 3 120GB Windows system drive (6Gb/s data connection)
Noctua DH14 coolers
Ethernet adapter (PCI-E Slot 5)
Areca 1213-4i RAID card (4x2TB WD black RAID 5) (PCI-E Slot 6)
FireWire 800 adapter (PCI-E Slot 7)
Sleep and related performance issues
I get pretty low geek bench scores of around 18,000 before sleep, which then go up to around 24,500 if the machine is put to sleep then woken up again. Cinebench CPU and GPU benchmarks also increase quite a lot post-sleep, OpenGL scores can be as low as 11fps pre-sleep and 30fps or more post-sleep. The scores are also not very consistent pre-sleep.
I am not able to wake the machine from sleep at all if any overclock settings are applied. I planned to run the machine permanently at a mild 3.6GHz but it enters a cycle of attempting to power on. Fans spin up for a few seconds, then it dies and repeats the process every 5 seconds or so.
It has also happened a few times with no over clock settings applied, when sometimes the fans spin permanently but nothing else happens.
Firewire is not detected/functioning before sleep but works after sleep.
Every time the machine fails to wake from sleep, or I need to restart the machine for any reason, the BIOS settings randomly reset. I need to go in and adjust the AHCI, power management settings etc. almost every time. Sometimes it will takes several attempts for the settings to stick before it will boot successfully.
So thanks for reading if you got this far, I believe this machine has great potential and really want to get it going!