Supermicro SuperServer Workstation Graphics Card selection revisited, featuring VMware ESXi 6.5 passthrough testing of HHHL PCIe GPUs

HHHL stands for Half Height, Half Length (source). These are the type of single PCIe slot cards that fit into the Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower bundles, and are entirely PCIe bus powered. This means the watt consumption is generally under 70 watts at highest workloads, which…

Jul 19 2017

Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D / X10SDV IPMI Release Notes Changelog

Looking for just the latest release notes? Jump below. Looking for the October 2016 IPMI 3.46 release, still the currently support release? Jump over to this detailed article. Looking for the March 2017 IPMI 3.52 release? Jump to this detailed article. Looking for the June 2017 IPMI 3.58 release? I…

Nov 7 2016

Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D / X10SDV BIOS Release Notes Changelog

Looking for just the latest release notes? Jump below. Looking for the BIOS 1.2c release? Jump to this detailed article. What does BIOS stand for? Basic Input/Output System, see Wikipedia: The BIOS (/ˈbaɪ.ɒs/, an acronym for Basic Input/Output System and also known as the System BIOS, ROM BIOS…

Nov 7 2016

Intel NUC6i7KYK inside, M.2 NVMe SSD installed, noise and power draw measured

There are many nice things to say about a tiny and efficient GPU-equipped mobile Core i7 like the latest Intel NUC, wrapped in a lovely skin and all the latest and fastest consumer tech, and finally a chipset and BIOS that allows M.2 NVMe to run at full speeds, see also: New Intel 6th generation…

Jul 31 2016

How to enable higher Windows VGA resolutions on both your monitor and your Supermicro Remote Console

If you are running Windows 8, 8.1, or 10, or Windows Server 2012R2 or 2016, you will likely quickly notice you're seemingly stuck at a rather anemic 800x600 resolution. Ok, you're not gaming on your server, but these days, it's also rather hard to get any real UI work done at that resolution. This…

Mar 23 2016

New Intel 6th generation Core i7 NUC, Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK with dual M.2 and up to 32GB of RAM

Mar 18 2016 Update - additional information, and podcast with video, added below. If you find this article helpful, consider shopping for the NUC6i7KYK with these affiliate links: Amazon, Newegg, Wiredzone. Intel dropped a little surprise late Wednesday, with new and improved GPU capabilities, in…

Mar 17 2016

CPU and chassis fan replacements attempt to reduce Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower's already low noise levels while increasing M.2 NVMe SSD cooling

I now have measurements of watt burn and dB levels for each of the SuperServer Xeon D form factors, seen near in TinkerTry's exclusive comparison table. The mini-tower is still by far the quietest and most versatile. The faster and cheaper Samsung 960 M.2 NVMe drives run cooler than the 950 PRO, so…

Mar 4 2016

Intel 750 Series SSDs combine PCIe with NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express), blowing SATA speeds away

Source: Intel This is the inevitable migration of enterprise-class hardware, right into the home lab enthusiast's server, including virtualization. These new form factors really have me thinking that pricey RAID adapters used to lump a bunch of SSDs together should be in our rear view mirror soon.…

Apr 4 2015

Hydra Multi OS Gaming Console and Controller

Over the years, I've had many inquiries at TinkerTry about the use of GPUs in virtualization, with ways to get a single CPU to have multiple gaming "heads," using the ESXi hypervisor. These Disqus comments date back to 2011, when I had discovered that ASRock and MSI worked with VT-d pass…

Apr 4 2015

VMware NVIDIA and Google promise fluid remote experience with any Windows application on Chromebooks

My brother is an architect. Having the GPU grunt on his laptop has been an issue for years, usually at a great impact to battery life and budget. When his laptop needed service a few years back, I restored his latest daily laptop backup to a VM, and offered him temporary remote access to his…

Aug 26 2014

NVIDIA 560 Ti to 750 Ti GPU upgrade makes Core i7 Z68 system quieter, faster, cooler, using half the power

Our family's gZilla gaming system is based on an Intel Core i7 2600K and an ASRock Z68 motherboard, from mid 2011. This system started life hidden in our basement, with 2 video cables running up to the family room's 55" TV one floor above it, and to a 24" monitor next to the TV, where the…

Aug 19 2014

NVIDIA and IBM create a GPU Interconnect called NVLink that's faster than PCI Express 3.0

Disclosure. I work for IBM's storage division, but am not involved in this NVIDA collaboration in any way. This is a personal blog, reflecting my own opinions and observations. Today, I was rather surprised to see announcements about this new NVLink. Can you imagine a shared…

Mar 25 2014

Display driver stopped responding and has recovered, here's a simple fix that worked on Windows 7 gaming system with NVIDIA 560 Ti, and Windows 8 ThinkPad W520 with NVIDIA 1000M

Ah, the dreaded "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" message, aka, TDR error that dates back to Vista days. Here's my saga, that began in the summer of 2012: You may recall I'm using an SLI configuration in gZilla, the family's gaming system. That's two 560 Ti based…

Jun 27 2012

GPU Passthrough? (VMDirectPath/VT-d/PCI Passthru)

http://developer.nvidia.com/category/zone/cuda-zone You may recall this article, from July of 2011: Z68 Sandybridge Motherboard VT-d Test Matrix: Which Mobo/CPU combo works with VMware ESXi 4.1U1 VMDirectPath feature? In the past few weeks, I've now received numerous requests for testing GPUs…

Jan 27 2012