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M58p (SFF) upgrade: Core 2 Quad Q9650, 16 GB RAM, 4 disk RAID card + 2 port Gigabit ethernet

Hi, just wanted to share my experience with this great little machine - M58p M/T 6234-A1G.

There were many questions regarding max CPU/RAM supported, so this is it:

CPU: Originally Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, now: Core 2 Quad Q9650

RAM: Originally 2x2GB DDR3 1066, now: 4x4GB Kingston (Total 16GB) DDR3 1333 (running at 1066 speed)

 

PCIe slot: occupied by 3ware/LSI 9650 4lpml, 4 disk hardware RAID card with 4 Toshiba MQ02ABD100H hybrid 1TB 2.5" hard drives,

configured in RAID 10, totalling in about of 1.9TB disk space.

 

PCI slot: Intel Pro 1000 MT dual port gigabit ethernet adapter. This is PCI-X card, but it runs fine in regular PCI slot. More about it here:

https://thehomeserverblog.com/esxi/intel-pro1000-dual-gigabit-nic-pci-x-card-in-pci-slot/

 

DVD is removed. In its place there is 4 bay 2.5" SATA enclosure (which is standard CDROM form factor) holding 4 Toshiba hard drives.

In place of the primary drive there is dual 2.5" to 3.5" plastic cage with two drives. One is primary boot drive, second is spare,

connected to the free DVD SATA port.

 

OS: Dual boot. Primary OS: Xen 4.9 Hypervisor with Arch Linux x64 as DOM0,

Secondary OS: Windows 10 Pro x64

 

Under Xen I managed to succesfully install, configure and run simultaneously the following:

1. Windows 7 Pro HVM with 3 CPU cores, 8GB RAM, PCI passthrough of RAID and Dual Port Ethernet card. Running Plex server and just sharing the RAID array.

2. FreePBX Distro HVM - running Sangoma Linux 7, 1 CPU Core, 4 GB RAM, PCI passthrough of rear USB controller with 2 3G USB modem sticks used by the Asterisk (chan_dongle) as a GSM-to-VOIP gateways.

 

I can share more details and pictures on the build if there is interest or questions. The machine and replacement CPU were the cheapest parts, the most expensive being the 4x4GB RAM and 4 1TB hard drives. All parts bought on the second hand market, except the 4 drives being brand new.

 

 

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Re: M58p (SFF) upgrade: Core 2 Quad Q9650, 16 GB RAM, 4 disk RAID card + 2 port Gigabit ethernet


@ipdown wrote:

RAM: Originally 2x2GB DDR3 1066, now: 4x4GB Kingston (Total 16GB) DDR3 1333 (running at 1066 speed)

 


Well done.  Thanks for posting.

 

Could you give us the Kingston part number for the memory?   (compatible memory is becoming harding to find)   Thx. 

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Re: M58p (SFF) upgrade: Core 2 Quad Q9650, 16 GB RAM, 4 disk RAID card + 2 port Gigabit ethernet

Hi, here are some info from CPU-Z and memtest86+:m58p_cpuz.pngmemtest86.jpg

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Re: M58p (SFF) upgrade: Core 2 Quad Q9650, 16 GB RAM, 4 disk RAID card + 2 port Gigabit ethernet

Cinebench rendering score and CPU temps after the test:

cinebench_r15.jpgcoretemp.png

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Re: M58p (SFF) upgrade: Core 2 Quad Q9650, 16 GB RAM, 4 disk RAID card + 2 port Gigabit ethernet

image.pngAdditional 2-port PCI-X Gigabit ethernet and RAID controller visible

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Re: M58p (SFF) upgrade: Core 2 Quad Q9650, 16 GB RAM, 4 disk RAID card + 2 port Gigabit ethernet

Very well done! Quite novel and intelligently sorted.

And, what a coincidence. I too have this same Thinkcentre M58 and motherboard, though upgraded to a Q6600 only.  I needed the pcie 1x slot for a raid controller card to run in a raid 10. I do lengthy NLE projects in Adobe Premiere but need the pcie x16 for graphics and its cuda cores. I had a dual slot geforce GTX650ti card in the pcie x16 slot covering the pcie x1 slot. purchased a single slot quadro K4000 card today, and wil now be looking to acquiring a controller card and 4 1TB drives.

Do you have any suggestions/recommendaions about which pcie x1 raid controller card I should buy?

Nice to know our motherboard can support 16GB of ram. I have 8GB, more ram is good. Did you have to upgrade the bios?

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