[Guide] Anniversary 2.0 "SNAFU" - Server Needs a Friggin' Upgrade

It has been a while since I did the research myself, and I don’t recall a solid source of absolute truth.

I do recall that rev 1.11a and after had the hardware support for v2 processors, and that those with older revisions could RMA them and Supermicro would update them, so it is possible for older boards to support v2 chips, but only if the seller can verify it has had this modification.

BIOS can be updated on any hardware supported board, but you may need a v1 processor to do the update.

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I see that the dual CPU x79 boards are listed as supporting v1/v2 CPUs.

I am looking to upgrade to v3 Xeon (like Dual Xeon E5-2620 v3). What motherboard would be recommended? Thanks

There are no such thing as dual CPU X79 motherboards.

Why do you want to upgrade to V3? That’s a low end chip, there’s really no reason to upgrade to it.

Sorry, I guess I miss read that. I am looking at something like Dual Xeon E5-2620 v3 (6 cores 85w) or Dual E5-2630l v3 (only 50 watts and 8 cores)

The reason I am looking at v3 because I understand it has AVX2 and SSE 4.2 which v2 CPUs don’t have.

Thank you

TDP is not power usage.

Do you specifically need those instruction sets?

I think so. I have a Mac OS VM on my Unraid and from what I understand it’s something that’s either required or at least have large impact on performance.

Also, I currently have v3 Haswell CPU, so I really didn’t want to go back in Architecture with a new build, even if it has more cores/CPU power.

So macOS won’t run well on V2’s? I’m sure i’ve read that people run macOS on this build.

I don’t believe that’s the case. Hell, Mac OS runs great on my 2011 Mac Pro (Xeon 5500/5600), and I know it runs even better on the 2013 Mac Pro (2011 V1/V2).

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I run a Mac OS VM on ESXI with v2 cpus and it runs great. The key is a compatible video card. I have a quatro K series card that is supported out of the box once passed through to the Mac vm.

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For macOS Catalina (10.15), your CPU must have AVX (original, not avx2 or other)

Therefore, you can not run Catalina, or later on anything before Sandy Bridge, including the Westmere Xenon 56xx.

However, AFAIK everything else will run it just fine.

JDM, I don’t think you will be able to update to Catalina or later on your old Mac Pro.

Well sure there are limitations with software just like anything else… but as far as applications running, the Mac itself working, it’s great.

FYI I bought that exact board and did not support a V2 cpu until I flashed it to the most recent firmware. Works great with 2x e5-2650 v2.

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Correction for the chassis section, the “CSE-825TQ” only has 8 hotswap drives.

This link appears to be missing ‘YH90Q’ from the search and instead links to many modules of varying speeds and sizes. Here’s an updated link: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=m386b4g70bm0-yh90q&_sop=15

Do you guys see any issues with this build?
I plan on upgrading the ram to 64gb eventually with 4x16.
and i already own 3x4 TB WD reds


I wouldn’t recommend wasting money on Noctua CPU coolers.

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Hi all,

Looking at the Supermicro X9DRH-iTF, it seems it’s a hard to come by mobo on eBay, is there another board with the dual 10gbe nics? And for the revision, apparently a newer Revision M support the V2 xeons, anyway to verify that on the board?


I did find another board in the list from an eBay seller from China at around the price point in the thread, is it safe to get these used Supermicro motherboards from China? Anything to worry about?