2014 ASRock X99 mATX [5th,6C,X] + RX Vega 56 @ 16Gbps-TB2>TB3 (ASUS XG Station Pro) + Win10 [TobyB]
System specs: ASRock X99 Extreme4 mATX, Xeon E5-1650v4, 16GB, Samsung Nvme, Win10, ASRock Thunderbolt 2 AIC
Hardware pictures: Not so interesting just the box connected.
Installation steps Install GPU in enclosure install drivers.
in vega64 mode (flashed)
GeekBench OpenCL 194k
CineBench r15 146fps
GeekBench OpenCL 185k
CineBench r15 137.7fps
On PCIE x16 slot in vega64 (1630mhz, 945Mhz) get
GeekBench OpenCL 200k -3%
CineBench r15 147.93fps -1.4%
in vega56 (1590mhz, 800Mhz)
GeekBench OpenCL 185k =
CineBench r15 136fps +1.3%
Comments Max Power in Heaven is 222W from GPU-Z in 64 mode, 153W @ V56
@tobyb Thank you for sharing the build guide and benchmark. Can you provide the details on adding Thunderbolt 2 to your ASRock X99 mATX custom build? Why not Thunderbolt 3? I've been collecting a few X99 motherboards with TB3 support. The notable one is Gigabyte Designare X99. It has an on-board TB3 wired directly to the CPU socket. Another one is ASUS X99 Deluxe II. This motherboard bundle includes the Thunderbolt EX3 add-in card. I'm waiting for Xeon CPUs to be decommissioned from data centers (hopefully soon).
The ASRock support site only documents that its support the TB2 card, maybe since they look the same and it's connected over PCIE it would work, I'll buy one and try.
I have ThunderEX3 in my X299 Rig.
I had plenty of X99 CPU's, the best was 2687W, thr E5-2658 v2 was a good chip, I would probally got for a Xeon E5-2667 v2 , all of my PC are now on 2011-3:
Dual E5-2630L v4, E5-2696 v4, E5-2690 v3, E5-2682 v4, Dual E5-2648L v4, E5-2698B v3
I assume you probally want something with a high base clock, I find often the Xeon versions are cheaper than the core version. You normally have to give up some single thread performance since the xeons are more focused on the high core count. The E5-2640 v3 is a nice chip, E5-2678 v3 little less single but more multi. If you want all single core then E5-1630 v3 is the fastest v3 that I had