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Still a great way to stress test CPUs: About Intel Burn Test…

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/05/16

IntelBurnTest is a wrapper around the [Wayback] Intel Linpack benchmark ([Wayback] Windows download) and still a great way to test CPUs.

From [Wayback/] reddit – About Intel Burn Test… : overclocking:

“Pinhedd: “Both IBT and Prime95 are similar in that they stress floating point arithmetic and memory subsystems. They are different in that IBT uses Linpack (solving linear equations) while Prime95 calculates Mersene Primes.
IBT is generally regarded as being far more aggressive in the short term, which makes it great for testing ultimate stability. IBT will easily drive load temps up to 20 degrees higher than Prime95, this is well known and is a defining feature of the program.
Unfortunately, the Linpack benchmark was designed for supercomputers (hence the floating point part, for modeling continuous phenomenon) so it really pushes desktops to the limit, far beyond what any application will do. This means that IBT may fail on commercial CPUs that are running at stock settings simply because Intel doesn’t test them to that extent.

Too bad it is not open source and steadily at version 2.54, but then again, there is so little to maintain when the underlying tests basically do not change.

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MSI Z77A-G43 support and downloads

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/24

For my link archive: [Wayback] MSI Z77A-G43 support and downloads

Note that Windows 10 does not seem to need additional drivers, even Wake-on-LAN works with the stock Windows 10 drivers (but does require two BIOS settings and three Windows driver settings, see [Wayback] Wake-on-LAN (WoL) | MSI HQ User-to-User FAQ.

Max processor information based on the below links.

  • Max processor that supports VT-d (for virtualisation), but no manual overclocking: i7 3770.
  • Max processor that supports manual overclocking, but not VT-d: i7 3770K


Via: [Wayback] MSI Z77A-G43 – Kenmerken – Tweakers


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Wake-on-LAN (WoL) | MSI HQ User-to-User FAQ

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/23

[Wayback] msi hq user-to-user faq: wake on lan (wol) by Author Ruudt Swaanen on 3 May, 2017, paraphrased by me:

  1. In the BIOS:
    1. Under “Settings -> Advanced -> Power Management Setup”, disable the option “EuP 2013” (my mainboard) or “ERP Ready”.

      Disabling this function will keep the LAN port enabled when the system is put to Sleep (S3) or in Shutdown (S5) mode.

      Enabling this function will use less power (see [Wayback] What is EuP 2013? |

    2. Under  “Settings -> Wake Up Event Setup”, enable the option “Resume By PCI or PCI-E Device” (my mainboard) or “Resume by LAN”.
  2. In the Windows 10 Control Panel, (control.exe) with an Administrator elevation token):
    1. In the “Power Options” Control Panel applet (powercfg.cpl), under “Choose what the power buttons do”, disable the option “Turn on fast startup (recommended)”.

      On many MSI based machines, the option “Turn on fast startup (recommended)” interferes with Wake-on-LAN.

    2. In the “Device Manager” (devmgmt.msc), under your network adapter change these options (the naming slightly differs per vendor/model; below is for generic Realtek PCIe GBE):
      1. On the “Power Management” tab, enable these options:
        • “Allow this device to wake the computer”
        • “Only allow a magic packet to wake the computer”
      2. On the “Advanced” tab, enable these options:
        • “Wake on Magic Packet”
        • “Wake on pattern match”
      3. On the “Advanced” tab, set this value:
        • “WOL & Shutdown Link Speed” is “10 Mbps First”

Now test in these global Power States:

  • S5 “soft off” (the state where there is a power cord connected, but none of the fans spin)
  • S4 “hibernating” (if you have turned that on in the power options)
  • S3 “sleeping”

This worked well for S3 and S5 (but not S4) on my MSI Z77A-G43 based Windows 10 PC and only required stock network driver for the “Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller” shown in the Device Manager (devmgmt.msc) and you can find on [Wayback] Microsoft Update Catalog: Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller Driver.

For more Wake on LAN blog posts, including how to initiate a Wake-on-LAN request, see the category Wake-on-LAN (WoL).


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PCIe bifurcation to split an x16 or x8 slot into multiple x4 channels: allows PCIe adapters with multiple NVMe cars

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/07

It looks like some X9 and X10 Supermicro boards already support PCIe bifurcation (splitting of PCIe slots into multiple channels), which might be worth a try to upgrade some of my older rigs to use NVMe instead of SATA storage as it will allow me to use adapters that support multiple NVMe devices into a single PCIe slot.

The X9 motherboards uses an LGA 2011-R socket, and the X10 motherboards an LGA 2011-R3 sockets.

Both use chipsets not being that different: the X9 uses the C600 series (which are similar to the X79 consumer series), and the X10 uses the C610 series (which are similar to the X99 consumer series).

This is what I found out about the bifurcation support for my boards:



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IPMI will not grab IP even with DHCP turned on : homelab

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/08/13


  1. ensure the IPMI network cable is connected before connecting the power cable
  2. ensure the IPMI LAN is using the dedicated interface
  3. ensure the IPMI LAN interface is connected to a “non green” port of your network switch
  4. ensure the DHCP server has been cold rebooted
  5. ensure the IPMI VLAN configuration matches your network
  6. ensure the IPMI firewall configuration matches the network you try to reach IPMI from
  7. ensure the motherboard does not have a short-circuit anywhere

Otherwise SuperMicro devices might not get a DHCP address on the IPMI (BMC) interface, despite the tooling like [WayBack] ipmicfg indicating getting DHCP was succesful.

This especially holds for X9 boards, likely for newer boards as well.

Personally I never had the 4. and up above, but I bumped into 1. and 2. with SuperMicro boards and 3. with other devices.

Based on

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