Recommended Hardware

2022 November update

My personal top pick would be a used dual CPU Super Micro 2696v4 with 256 GB of ram

Value you for money the older Dual CPU super micro 2690v2 with 256 of ram is still good. Both of these are very noisy and not as power effective as the new 13th Gen Intel CPU

Top in performance, noise, power efficiency is the Intel I9-13900. This needs less ram than the dual CPU servers, as you can run about 5 workers to get max GSB performance.

The 2699v4 needed about 20 workers and 2690v2 needed about 12 works for max GSB efficiency.

Note its very hard to cool no matter how good the cooling, and I had to under clock the high performance cores to 5.3 GHZ and overclock the low performance cores from 4.3GHZ TO 4.5 GHZ using Intel CPU overclocking utility.

The CPU should not stay over 80c for long periods.

This CPU is superb for optimizing on Tradestation, but TS makes the CPU run a bit hotter than GSB

The brand of water cooler is critical too.

Artec 3 * 14 cm fan was by far the best. Its physically large and thick, so hard to fit in some cases.

NTXT was very poor water cooler. Corsair 3 * 140 mm fan was good, but lots of reliability issues. Not as good as the Artec.

Power supply should be at least 850 watt, but preferable a Corsair or EVGA 1000 watt. You get what you pay for in power supplies.

Do not run a Asrock mother board. Very poor performance.

MSI motherboard was good.

See this link for my I9-13900

CPU,CPUbenchmarkspeed, cores,threads, watts in total.

i9-12900KS 44717 16 24  241W?? (must have 3 fan water cooler)

E5-2696v4 42836 40 80 290W (dual CPU)

I7 12700k  34449 12 20 190w socket: FCBGA1964

I5-12600KF 26934 10 16 125w This is a new and interesting option. It will be low power, likely run fewer GSB but faster than an 2696v2 with much less power consumption

E5-2696v2 dual 23525  24 48 300W???

I have not studied this much, but it seems the newer Intel motherboards have a max of 4 memory slots only.

2020 June update

If you don't want the older X9 machines like e5-2680-v2 there is the x10 series.

A dual e5-2699v3 is great performance, but e5-2690-v3 a bit cheaper. Contact us for details.

A used super micro dual xeon 2680v2 or 2690v2 server with 256 GB of ram is around the $1300 mark. Note the supplier shown may not have stock.

This is as fast as a Intel I9, but much cheaper. What makes is so much cheaper is DDR3 ram is a fraction of the cost of DDR4 ram

Note the Supermicro X9 does not always run reliably on Windows 10. Windows 2019 server better. Licenses are cheap on Ebay.

Consider also HP ProLiant DL380p G8 server

Dell Precision T7600 T7610 (workstation) These can come with one or two CPU

Dell Poweredge R720, R620,

IBM x3650 X3550 M4's

A guide for CPU choice is here. Do not use AMD, even the 2019 models. Its much slower for GSB.