$4,000 Server Chassis Holds 8 DUAL SLOT VIDEO CARDS! – HOLY $H!T


On Episode Five of HOLY $H!T,
we’ve got a computer case so epic that it had to be delivered on a pallet,
rather than the normal means. So of course, we’ve brought
with us the only tools suitable to open such a thing. Chopsticks. The GTX 980 Ti VR EDITION from EVGA
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the link in the video description. Okay. Well, that was obviously completely
stupid. Let’s go with the more traditional, knive, to open this baby
up. So inside this box is actually more than just a computer case.
In fact, there’s a case, a power supply and a motherboard. Yes, my friends, this
is the first time we’ve ever had a chance to check out one of Supermicro’s
barebone server units that they sell. But this one is very special. One that I
wish I had known about a month ago when I was trying to do the 7 Gamers, 1 CPU
project, and the only way that I could figure out to put seven graphics
cards into a single computer was to watercool the whole bloody thing,
with all this, like, custom nonsense and I had to find the one motherboard
on Earth that would work, et cetera… No, my friends. There was an easy way
to do it all alone. All I had to do was get one of these bad boys. Oh, cool. They actually like, pre-modded
it for me. So let’s– Let’s pull this out. Let’s pull this out. Check this out. Check this out. Oh yes, my friends. Yes, my friends.
That is exactly what it looks like. The entire rear of a 4U chassis taken
up entirely by expansion slots. Alright, my friends. So let’s take
a quick tour of this absolute beast of a monster. This is Eh, we’re gonna read it off at this–
Supermicro 4027GR-TR. Which, actual– Which actually isn’t the right thing. They told me they were sending the
TRT. The one with the 10 Gigabit Network Interface built-in. Maybe they
included like, an upgrade module or something. So, first of all, this is cool.
It includes four 1600 W power supplies. Yes, friends. That is for all kinds of crazy
power delivery, along with redundancy. Which is important to any kind of
server environment. You can see there, this tiny slim little units here. Let’s,
uh, let’s see if we can read this baby. Yeah, this is the DPS-1600CB. So the
output is actually 1600 Watts max If– Oh, this is interesting. I have never
seen a discrepancy like that before. So, at 120 Volt input, it’s 1000 Watts max,
and at 240 Volt input, it is 1600 Watts max. Very, very interesting. So, I’m gonna have to make sure I run
this baby on a 240 V input. But in the meantime, let’s see if Supermicro
included like, an upgrade module kit or something like that. Ah, this are our rails. These are those
really nice rails that I like. So we’re gonna go ahead and rail mount
this baby in the rack. And then, in here I’m hoping to find, um… Well, nothing, apparently. Uh, okay. Okay, well– Let’s open it up then, I guess. Oh, but first. No. A tour of the front. So, there’s more to this. There are
more tricks up this baby’s sleeves than just a bunch of video cards. So this
server will actually be taking the place of two servers. Because in addition
to accepting up to eight dual-slot video cards, it can also handle
with these 2.5″ sleds, 24 SSDs. So this will be completely taking
over Whonnock server’s duties in addition to being the new output render station that we never actually properly finished,
’cause we were trying to combine that one’s duties with our ingest station,
and that ended up causing instability issues due to different versions of Adobe Premiere from different years, operating at the same ti– Long story. Anyway, it was kinda ugly and
we are looking for a better way to do this. So, tool-less, uh, top? It looks like. Let’s find out if we can get this baby off. Oh,
you know, we need to unscrew somethings. It only pretends to be tool-less. Check out this modification. That spoiler
is actually there for a reason. And I will explain it in a little while here. Oh, yes. That, that is fun. So, uh, here, let’s try and– let’s try
and sort this babies out a little bit. See if we got– see what we got going on
here. So this motherboard supports two LGA 2011-3 CPUs. So we’re gonna
be putting our two 18 cores 2699-v3 in here, for a total of 36 cores. And on top of that, it supports
a total of twelve DIMM slots. You can see they were testing it.
They had, uh, that looks like sixteen DIMMs in here before they sent it to me. So, twelve DIMM slots per CPU
for a total of 24 DIMM slots. That means, with the 32 gig DIMMs that
Kingston sent us for 7 Gamers, 1 CPU We could put, 32 times 24, whatever,
that works out too, inside here. This is another really cool feature
that I wish would make its way to the desktop. Check out these fans. There are, uh, no– These are
not the counter-spinning fans. So, these are just regular old
92 mm fans except for one thing. Do you notice that? I just pulled it
out. Where was the connector? Servers have had this forever. Hot swap fans. So you just thunk them in, and boom. Look at this. We’ve got little slots all over the place here for all these different fan connectors. Check this out. And you can see they actually got two stacks of them. One in front of the other, in order to give
these puppies, pretty much unlimited static pressure. So, they’re pulling
all that ventilation in from these holes in the fron– whoop–
Hold on. Try not to drop this. from these holes in front, here, as well
as through where those SSD mounts go. So, they gotta have a ton of static pressure.
Because these puppies are not just you know, cooling some run-of-the-mill
computer. We’re talking 36 processing cores, a bunch of RAM, and up to Yes, this is where life gets really
interesting. Up to eight graphics cards. One, two, three,
four. One, two, three, four. Each of which can be dual-slot.
And then in addition to that it can handle another three expansion
cards of whatever type you desire. So, I actually guess nothing would prevent
you from putting ten in here if you really, really wanted to. Which
is, um, which is sort of bananas. So, let’s go ahead and see what it will
look like will all those installed. Okay, you wanna come with me
while I go retrieve graphics card? Alright. So, let’s pick some video cards, shall we? Let’s go with, uh, what do we got here? I don’t know. Some kind of 290, or 390, or something. All right. What else we got here? Ooh,
GTX 580. Sure thing, no problem. What else we got? GTX 980. Yeah.
Let’s take one of those. And, uh– Ooh, GTX 780 Ti. That
sounds pretty good. We got a good good representation of the market share
of these two graphics card companies. Alright. Let’s take these back and install. Don’t trip. One really cool thing I wanna point out before we get any further in, though, is that
most of what you see up here is actually just like, like a– like a dummy
board. Like, this is like a daugherboard. It’s not– there’s not a ton of logic on it, actually. It installs into the motherboard, which is below see down here, using, looks like
four hard PCB bridges down here and then that’s what does all the controlling.
So it’s actually all mapped out for you. So, here’s CPU1, here’s CPU2. And
then, all of these are labelled right here. So this is CPU1 slot one, PCIe3.0x16. CPU1 slot ten? Okay, well, numbering
doesn’t make any sense to me so far. But it goes: one, ten, nine, eight, seven six, five– Anyway. So it says CPU1,
CPU2, and it’s kind of spelled out for you like that. So let’s start installing video cards. AMD and NVIDIA, living together in perfect harmony. Don’t know how that song goes, but
I think you guys get the reference. I don’t even know if I’m gonna be
able to find enough video cards to fill this thing up. That’s ridiculous. Okay. So, before we put any more
in, I wanna take a short break and give you guys a better appreciation of the scale of what we’re dealing with here.
This is a normal ATX motherboard. It can fit four graphics cards total,
if you include one here and if you install one in the very
bottom slot and have it overhang the bottom of the board.
So, look a little something like that. This is what we’re dealing with here! It’s ridiculous. So, let’s keep the ridiculousness up.
Let’s put some more graphics cards in. Let’s put one here. Wow, that’s
a long card. Bit it fits just fine. Let’s put one here. Oh, balls. This is a stupid, modified
one from Scrapyard Wars that– I’ll just remove it. See, it’s not a standard width. But, that’s okay. There are so many
different spots for graphics cards. Server stuff. All about that convenience.
No PCI Express locks. You wanna pull the card out? Boom.
You pull it out. No big deal. Right there. “Okay, Linus.” “But what about that thing you promised
us before? You said you’d explain” “why this thing is a freaking humpback whale.” Now, just because we can install, you know,
6990s, like crazy long cards like this doesn’t mean that you can install anything
you want in a system like this and we are somewhat limited in terms
of the height of our graphics cards. Because one of the “U”s. So, U is your
vertical– vertical measurement of height for a system like this. One of the “U”s is
taken up by all those power supplies here at the back, with only
three left for graphics cards. That means, any cards that are taller
than standard are not going to fit within that 4U enclosure size. What
that also means is that any cards that are designed with their power plugs
coming out of the top of the card like this, would interfere with a flat top panel. Which is why we got this modified humpback one there we go, that is gonna take up a
little bit of space above out server. So, let’s go ahead and make sure that actually
fits okay. Yes. That fits perfectly with all of our graphics cards. Love it. So, we’ve got big plans for this thing. We’re
gonna be doing a video where we explore who makes the best GPU for
video encoding in Premiere. So, we’re gonna do like, an AMD versus NVIDIA
head-to-head, and show a bunch of different classes of GPU, find out if
you even need a super powerful one. We’re gonna be doing one where
we have eight game streams running off of a single machine at a
time. That is gonna be flipping sick. And finally, we are going to be–
maybe, actually. Guys, let me know if you want too see this. But maybe
doing a showcase of the final build that I do in here, with the 24 SSDs. Maybe it’ll be like a follow-up HOLY $H!T
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100 thoughts on “$4,000 Server Chassis Holds 8 DUAL SLOT VIDEO CARDS! – HOLY $H!T

  1. when linus said that he is having the only tool to open that box I taught he would pull out a machete or something and then CHOPSTICKS.

  2. If you used 290x's you would need to put Chernobyl power station after it,there a plus side to this you would never need to put on the heating on a cold winters day

  3. I just imagine the breathing of those cards stacked that closely will be pretty poor. Even with server breathing design it just reeks of overheating potential!

  4. This can last me a decade and keep up with modern demands. As long as the future power supplies or cards are compatible and I change a card or two every 3 years?

  5. What. Show it doing something epic, no? Rendering 8k in stereo 3D w fur, particles & fluidsim to Raw while taking your mom to the supermarket?

  6. "We are going to be testing rendering with gpus and see if more is better" never did 2 years later… please more rendering workflow videos guys. There is almost no documentation for AME

  7. 4:24 why flip all of them? Flip one take it out show us put it back in done. You're just waisting time by flipping all

  8. 3:20, higher voltage tends to be more efficient for a lot of things seeing as less power is wasted as heat in the from resistance. But that is quite a gap there.

  9. China may have hacked you check the motherboard for the tiny chip that has been implanted on to loads of super micro boards like Amazons

  10. I don't know why but that shot of Linus opening a box filled with scraps of foam and going through it expecting to find something is still really funny.

  11. This freaking chassis, man… THIS FREAKING CHASSIS! Who even needs 8 video cards in one machine? Oh right. We do 😀
    . Lol it was from the description

  12. I've been watching a lot of these videos – bought a PC from CpuSolutions because of Lunis' secret shopper episode, but the title sequence gets my ocd because the logo transformations don't land on the beats of the music.

  13. Here in 2019 and looking back at the gtx 580 and oh were they so innocent the rtx 2080 to is 500% better performance wise on most sections lol 😂

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