Building An Intel Xeon E3 v5 "Skylake" Linux System

Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 13 December 2015. Page 2 of 6. 19 Comments

On the memory side I went with 2 x 16GB of Crucial CT7982103 DDR4-2133MHz ECC unbuffered memory sticks to provide for 32GB of RAM for this Linux benchmarking machine.

Given my recent 8-Way Budget SSD Disk Benchmarks On EXT4 Linux comparison, for this system I was using a Samsung 850 EVO 120GB SSD as more than sufficient storage for this daily Linux benchmarking rig.

With the Supermicro motherboard needing an SSI-compliant power supply, powering this Skylake system was the Thermaltake TOUGHPOWER GRAND 80 650W PS-TPG-0650MPCGUS-1. It's modular, is quite reliable (also using one of the same PSUs in another system), and is more than capable of powering this system.

While overkill for this system given the micro-ATX motherboard and not using a discrete GPU, I was using a Rosewill 4U RSV-L4000 chassis. I buy many of these Rosewill 4U cases for my benchmarking system and simply had an extra one I hadn't used, so to save a few bucks put the system in there. For a better exhaust fan was the Noctua SSO NF-R8.

I think that about covers the major component details. On the next page are some Linux compatibility data and performance preview.

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