I have a couple of idle Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blades I was considering using for mining - they are in a datacenter so the power bill isn't a concern for me.
The specs are Dual Xeon E5-2697 V2 (AVX 12 core / 24 thead) so 48 threads per blade.
256GB 1866 DDR3 ECC
Trying to decide of just a huge bare metal OS would be better, vs a bunch of VM's - or if its even worth it at all.
My initial testing only yielded about 50 sol/s on bare metal windows.
VMware ESX running Linux VM's using 8 vCPU's (free esx limitation) and varying amounts of memory all settle in at about 12 sols. So if I ran 6 of these VM's it would yield about 60-70 sols.
Seems really low.
Any optimization tips, or are these older CPU's lacking AVX2 simply not worth it?