AMD vs Intel, ECC vs Non ECC.... HELP

Recommended Posts

I have an old enterprise grade server (Dell R710), but i'd like to upgrade it as its running DD3 RAM, SATA 2 etc.


I want to move from rack mounted to a tower (thinking Define 7 XL as it will provide space for additional drives).  I currently have 4HDD's and 2 SSD's plus the usual USB stick.


I've been doing some research but can't seem to find definitive answers on the following:

1.  Does ECC RAM really help that much, or is it a gimic?  I suspect the former.

2. It seems some mobo's unofficially support ECC memory (asus strix + amd) and mention it is subject to CPU, should i steer clear of this unsupported configuration?

3.  Does anyone have any recommendations (based on the below performance information) on CPU/RAM/Mobo combinations which are known to work and would fit correctly in a tower without modification.

4.  Any recommendations on a good HBA?


Additional notes:


I plan to install a 1080ti , 2080ti and an additional 4 hdds.




32 docker containers

1 windows 10 vm (2080ti will passthrough)

Would also like to achieve 4k transcoding for plex (1080ti)


Current performance:


2 x x5660 = low 2% average 13% max 79%

72 GB DDR3 = average 19% max 56%


Any questions let me know.


Thanks in advance for any help.

Edited by ONI Assassin
Link to comment
On 3/10/2022 at 11:17 PM, ONI Assassin said:

Does ECC RAM really help that much, or is it a gimic?  I suspect the former.

Do you have a proper back-up (including off site) for all of your crucial data?

If not, then I'd suggest is what you should be concentrating on.

Link to comment
  • 1 month later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.