$650 64-Core Quad Socket Gaming Workstation!

  • Published: 05 November 2017
  • Retired server hardware is always in ample supply, so why not reduce e-waste and build a MONSTER budget workstation?

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  • TeeThePenguin!
    TeeThePenguin!  1 days back

    This build:

    • Gaming Frame
      Gaming Frame  2 days back


      • Andras Jonas
        Andras Jonas  3 days back

        X56xx (1366) can be had, and could be had when the vid came out), cheaply. Opteron? Please.... What bothers me is that Linus knows this very well.

        • Clayton Voges
          Clayton Voges  5 days back

          I'll take it! 5:05

          • CovertCoder01
            CovertCoder01  5 days back

            Wth is ram cores Linus???

            • Dawid Jandzinski
              Dawid Jandzinski  6 days back

              Editing mistake at 1:04

              • HotRodX
                HotRodX  2 weeks back

                I dont care if it suxks I still want those 64 cores!!!! Really that thing just looks awesome to me. Im actually building a dual Xeon X5650 pc atm. Tech Yes put me onto those 1366 xeon 6 cores. Bummer these 16 cores dont do better at gaming x)

                • Mamdouh Tawadros
                  Mamdouh Tawadros  2 weeks back

                  Thank you for the video. But why choose opteron CPU at times when AMD had low single core performance? You could have used dual CPU like E5 2670. Cheap and works.

                  • AppleInc Official
                    AppleInc Official  2 weeks back

                    That was my dream machine idea since 2015 and you proved that it won't work great. Thank you my friend.

                    • Jesse M.
                      Jesse M.  2 weeks back

                      It's been nearly two years...I wonder if anyone bought that!

                      • Vít Rotter
                        Vít Rotter  2 weeks back

                        Can i still get that motherboard?

                        • TheUnknownGhost Official

                          I'll buy it

                          • Chocolate Dog
                            Chocolate Dog  3 weeks back

                            I kinda read the thumbnail as 64 GB of ram cores

                            • QSFP
                              QSFP  3 weeks back

                              i saw 16 opterons in 20dollers.XD
                              But why opteron?I thought that they are slow.because of low L3 mem

                              • Ewen Chan
                                Ewen Chan  3 weeks back

                                That was actually fun and interesting.

                                I actually still have some older Opteron boxes/servers lying around my house.

                                Maybe I can donate them somewhere and someone else might be able to still learn using the now-decade-old hardware.

                                • Brian Byon
                                  Brian Byon  3 weeks back

                                  This computer price is wrecked, its around $1,500, not $650. That's twice the fake price.

                                  • Brian Byon
                                    Brian Byon  3 weeks back

                                    But Linus, you just said BIOS latest Revision was the problem, why didn't you just use the motherboard that you bought originally?

                                    • Brian Byon
                                      Brian Byon  3 weeks back

                                      But Linus, you just said BIOS latest Revision was the problem, why didn't you just use the motherboard that you bought originally?

                                      • Kumud Lekhok
                                        Kumud Lekhok  4 weeks back

                                        Max <3 :p

                                        • Jon Annett
                                          Jon Annett  4 weeks back

                                          whos the rainbow girl?

                                          • R0tb3rt
                                            R0tb3rt  4 weeks back

                                            If you still have that board, I´ll take it

                                            • shadow dragonsky
                                              shadow dragonsky  1 months back

                                              amd 16 core $700

                                              • Jorge De Soler
                                                Jorge De Soler  1 months back

                                                I know it's old. But one of the main problems not mentioned in the video is that Windows consumer editions (Win 8, 10) only support 2 CPU sockets. So they have to use Windows Server that messes up with anything related to gaming, 3D, graphics drivers, consumer benchmarks, etc.

                                                • ROFLCOPTER
                                                  ROFLCOPTER  4 weeks back

                                                  Windows Server doesnt mess up anything, it just unlocks features like more than 2 CPU Sockets :)

                                              • Robert Chelios
                                                Robert Chelios  1 months back

                                                Watching this video in 2019 and missing Max . . . . . Who else agree with me ?? Who else miss her ??

                                              • Carnage1k
                                                Carnage1k  1 months back

                                                Hello, im 16 years old and just left school, i was wondering when i get the money (trying to find a job atm) you could possibly build me a pc. My budget will more than likley be £600 ($775). Maybe you could make a video out of it. Thanks

                                                • xys007
                                                  xys007  1 months back

                                                  For gaming with multiple physical CPU's you'd try assigning all cores of only one CPU to game task.

                                                  • CHRIS Holt
                                                    CHRIS Holt  1 months back

                                                    i been running ACER ALTOS T110 F3 SERIES for years now runs like a dream with games with a 780gtx this was listed years ago the link http://www.avantitech.com.au/store/product/4793/Acer-Altos-T110-F3-Series/

                                                    • nexxusty
                                                      nexxusty  1 months back

                                                      Stop with that gay voice Linus. You sound like a goof.

                                                    • Rob Moss
                                                      Rob Moss  1 months back

                                                      What a completely useless video. So you created a machine using parts for which it was built for and it works great for its intended purpose. But sucks for gaming.....Ya and? You just spent time creating a machine for it's intended purpose and not for gaming and wasted our time. Your title is one step lower then click bait.

                                                      • Marc Ritz
                                                        Marc Ritz  1 months back

                                                        If you are watching this now, you can get a 6core/12thread Xeon E5-2630v2 with motherboard and 16gb of ram for $130 from aliexpress.

                                                        That cpu is probably equivalent to something like a ryzen 1400.

                                                        Combine it with a radeon rx 570, and you can play every modern game at 60+ fps for around $250 (excl. monitor)

                                                        • Thomas Winovich
                                                          Thomas Winovich  1 months back

                                                          That’s a scary sticker

                                                          • Clayton Clarke
                                                            Clayton Clarke  1 months back

                                                            What if you had another motherboard as a co processor, I would love to see a video on that weather or not it's a server you are doing it with

                                                            • KnighTech
                                                              KnighTech  1 months back

                                                              Yo since you probably still have that I'll give you $20

                                                              • John Smith
                                                                John Smith  1 months back

                                                                This would be a great deal if you were freeloading electricity from your m0m

                                                                • loric loppi
                                                                  loric loppi  1 months back

                                                                  That motherboard takes legit more power than my moped

                                                                  • Bad Luck
                                                                    Bad Luck  1 months back

                                                                    But how it is for cryptologick task? with such thread and amount of RAM, it should be a very nice station to encrypt massive storage or decrypt without encryption key

                                                                    • Claudiu Grigore
                                                                      Claudiu Grigore  2 months back

                                                                      ddr 1033 prob .

                                                                      • MrMovieMan941
                                                                        MrMovieMan941  2 months back

                                                                        Handbrake? X265, x264????

                                                                        • X-Tech Gam!nG
                                                                          X-Tech Gam!nG  2 months back

                                                                          Tip for the video editor - those background image lights during the benchmark results = annoying.

                                                                          • 3D Maker Kid
                                                                            3D Maker Kid  2 months back

                                                                            I just want to be able to say that I have 4 cpus on one board and 64 cores

                                                                            • milan filipovic
                                                                              milan filipovic  2 months back

                                                                              is playeble in games ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS l just thinking to buy this mobo

                                                                              • Keegan Vanluven
                                                                                Keegan Vanluven  2 months back

                                                                                Dead serious

                                                                                • Keegan Vanluven
                                                                                  Keegan Vanluven  2 months back

                                                                                  I’ll buy it

                                                                                  • Scott Halbert
                                                                                    Scott Halbert  2 months back

                                                                                    No duh. Server applications can use multiple processors. Games are NOT written to take advantage of multi-cpu boards so this is no surprise. IE the game will use 1 of the 4 CPU's at whatever it's max performance can deliver. Nothing more.

                                                                                    • Dylan
                                                                                      Dylan  2 months back

                                                                                      The click and information icon animation combined with the actual link showing up was very cool.

                                                                                      • Joseph Burke
                                                                                        Joseph Burke  2 months back

                                                                                        Can it do Crysis?

                                                                                        • Francois Moolman
                                                                                          Francois Moolman  2 months back

                                                                                          Please send it to me here in South Africa. I need a test server :)

                                                                                          • ELECTRO MEG
                                                                                            ELECTRO MEG  2 months back

                                                                                            cinebench though