April 15, 2024
Luxxcompensator 2023: Benchmarks and the storage system - Hardwareluxx

After we have already introduced you to the housing and components of the Luxxkompensator 2023, we now want to turn it on. We can’t wait to see the first benchmarks of the high-end system, still completely without tuning and overclocking. But we also want to connect the Synology DS923+, the external NAS we want to pair with the computer for quick disk access.

The Luxxkompensator 2023 is assembled: Without major problems, we shipped the set consisting of motherboard, memory modules, SSD, CPU and graphics card in the thick Lian Li V3000 Plus. The Seasonic Prime TX-1600 was connected to the MSI Z790 Godlike , we temporarily put an Arctic Cooling Liquid Freezer II on the Core i9-13900KS and were good to go. After installing Windows on the Samsung SSD 990 PRO and installing some drivers, we were able to get started. The biggest difficulty was the manual post-installation of the LAN driver during installation, without which the Windows installation would not have been possible.

So the PC is now in front of us with Windows installed: The GeForce 4090 AMP Extreme Airo from Zotac still has no work to do and the G.Skill Trident Z5 DDR5 memory modules are also still bored. Then it’s time to install some benchmarks.

Benchmarks without tuning

For our first performance check of the Luxxkompensator 2023, we only made minor changes to the BIOS defaults. The four DDR5 modules started with security settings, but we didn’t want to leave them at DDR5-4200. In this regard, we manually increased it to DDR5-5600, but without affecting the timing. We didn’t use any overclocking features or other performance options.

After installing the most common drivers and benchmarks, it’s time for a first performance check. There weren’t any major deviations from the expected performance data, so this is a good start – we can optimize from here.

To sort out the benchmarks a bit, we’ve pitted the Luxx compensator against a few recently tested systems and setups:

UL 3D Mark

Fire shot

Futuremark Points

More” is better

UL 3D Mark

Fire Strike Extreme

Futuremark Points

More” is better

UL 3D Mark

Fire Strike Ultra

Futuremark Points

More” is better

UL 3D Mark

Time spy

Futuremark Points

More” is better

UL 3D Mark

Extreme weather spy

Futuremark Points

More” is better

7 zips

MIPS extension

More” is better

Mixer

Scanlands-Rendering

seconds

More” is better

Cinebanco 23

processor

Points

More” is better

Upgraded Exodus Metro

3,840 x 2,160 – Ultra

frames per second

More” is better

UL PC 10 Mark

Points

Futuremark Points

More” is better

memory transmission speed

data rate

GB/sec

More” is better

mass memory

Data Rate (Read/Write)

MB/sec

More” is better

Overall, we really like the system’s performance. Our optimized graphics card test system is sometimes a bit faster, but the processor temperature was often already at its limit. So there’s definitely more to gain when we start optimizing your system: turn off idle devices, optimize memory timings and clock frequencies, tweak settings for the CPU, and finally overclock your graphics card, CPU, and memory. In addition, there is water cooling, which will of course also contribute to the performance increase.

Your Synology DS923+ NAS and connection

As with the last Luxxkompensator, we have set ourselves the goal of setting up the large storage pool externally. This makes sense to the extent that we can access data with a NAS even if the luxx compensator is disabled. Such a fireball should only work when you’re using it, as it draws its 100W from the socket even when idle.

Of course, you could also build some HDDs into the Luxxkompensator, but the SATA interface has only a few advantages with hard drives spinning at around 250MB/s. With a connection via 10GBit Ethernet, almost three or four HDDs can be used in a RAID0 without hitting the performance limit. In this regard, a NAS has the advantage on the one hand of less consumption, on the other hand the usability of the storage space for other devices, but at the same time there is no disadvantage in terms of performance.

This year we are using a Synology DS923+ for our Luxx compensator. The compact 4-bay NAS is equipped with a Ryzen R1600, a fairly powerful processor that runs up to 3.1GHz. The 4GB DDR4 ECC cache is already installed, but if you are into virtualization and the like a lot. working, it can also upgrade the storage of the NAS up to 32GB (16GB x 2). The NAS also has two NVME SSD slots for using SSDs for cache access.

A disadvantage in the professional area and also with our Luxxkompensator would be the two 1GBit Ethernet ports. Normally and in the home gigabit LAN this is of course not a hindrance, but in the professional area you might want to have a 10Gbit connection. Accordingly, we have upgraded the 10Gbit port with an add-on card, the E10G22-T1-Mini. Additionally, external devices can also be connected via USB 3.2 Gen1 or eSATA.

The following configuration should be selected for our Luxx compensator:

  • Synology DS923+ is connected to the Internet with a gigabit port for external access.
  • We also connect the 10Gb Ethernet port to the 10Gb Ethernet port on the MSI Z790 Godlike directly.

The NAS thus gets a dedicated direct connection to the PC. We set it by assigning the 10 Gbit Ethernet interface a dedicated IP and in the PC we take another one from the same address space. So the two can communicate with each other undisturbed.

We show how to set it up in the video and the following screenshots.

Once connected, the performance is quite impressive. With our 4TB hard drives in the NAS in a RAID0, we achieved a very good 795MB/s sequentially when reading and 499MB/s when writing. The NAS also stores some access via the 10 Gbit Ethernet line. If you want to take it to the extreme, you could install four 22TB thick hard drives in the NAS, use them in a RAID5, and you’d have over 60TB of storage space in the NAS – and still not be at the performance limit of the 10GBit connection. Only with larger NAS, i.e. four or more drives in a RAID0-like configuration, it would theoretically be better to integrate the hard drives into the computer or use a faster LAN connection.

Conclusion and perspectives

The thing works – and it’s already fun! But it’s still being fine-tuned and archived.

We are expecting a bigger shipment from EK with a lot of water cooling equipment in the coming days. The CPU and GPU are obviously supposed to be water-cooled, but of course there are other changes besides water cooling. Lian Li send us bigger fan package with stylish RGB fans, Cablemod also send stylish cables for Luxx compensator. Then we will start installing radiators, distroplates, coolers and much more and then we will get back to you with another video about the Luxxkompensator 2023.

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