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x9scl-f good choice?

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x9scl-f good choice?

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Post by noclaf » 01 May 2017 21:38

Hi, I have offer to buy Supermicro x9scl-f + Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 for ~240USD. Is it a good HW to run N4F? I curently use nonECC HW ( B75M-D2V + i5-3470T) with HW RAID card & UFS, so it's tempting to switch to ECC HW to simplify the set-up and maybe save few Watts.

BTW - how is ZFS protected against power outtage? I do have a UPS, but still there is the PSU. My current set-up is protected by having raid card with back up battery unit.

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Re: x9scl-f good choice?

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Post by ChriZathens » 04 May 2017 00:45

I am using this exact same motherboard - check my signature..
It's been rock solid for years.
My only comment would be that 240 seems a lot for mobo + CPU only
If you connect your UPS with n4f, it monitors the UPS and if it goes on low battery it will gracefully shutdown
My Nas
  1. Case: Fractal Design Define R2
  2. M/B: Supermicro x9scl-f
  3. CPU: Intel Celeron G1620
  4. RAM: 16GB DDR3 ECC (2 x Kingston KVR1333D3E9S/8G)
  5. PSU: Chieftec 850w 80+ modular
  6. Storage: 8x2TB HDDs in a RaidZ2 array ~ 10.1 TB usable disk space
  7. O/S: XigmaNAS 11.2.0.4.6625 -amd64 embedded
  8. Extra H/W: Dell Perc H310 SAS controller, crosflashed to LSI 9211-8i IT mode, 8GB Innodisk D150SV SATADOM for O/S

Backup Nas: HP N40L (4x1TB HP branded Seagate disks in RaidZ configuration - 8GB ECC RAM)

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Re: x9scl-f good choice?

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Post by noclaf » 04 May 2017 13:58

ChriZathens wrote:
04 May 2017 00:45
My only comment would be that 240 seems a lot for mobo + CPU only
It is for whole PC. Th rest will be sold - incl W2008 server licence. Unfortunately still a good price for local market.
ChriZathens wrote:
04 May 2017 00:45
If you connect your UPS with n4f, it monitors the UPS and if it goes on low battery it will gracefully shutdown
I was talking about PSU failure. This is something UPS cannot prevent. My HW RAID card has BBU unit, so in case of power outtage no unwritten data is lost and RAID is not degraded.

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Re: x9scl-f good choice?

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Post by ChriZathens » 04 May 2017 20:21

If the PSU is connected to a proper UPS, then the chances of a PSU failure due to etc overcurrent are minimised
The chances of your array to come to a degraded state due to a PSU failure are very slim.
The PSU must take a disk with it if this happens, which is something you won't avoid even with a Raid card with BBU.
BBUs are primarily for data integrity
And if your NAS has such important data constantly written to it, then you should get proper hardware with redundant PSUs, anyways...
My Nas
  1. Case: Fractal Design Define R2
  2. M/B: Supermicro x9scl-f
  3. CPU: Intel Celeron G1620
  4. RAM: 16GB DDR3 ECC (2 x Kingston KVR1333D3E9S/8G)
  5. PSU: Chieftec 850w 80+ modular
  6. Storage: 8x2TB HDDs in a RaidZ2 array ~ 10.1 TB usable disk space
  7. O/S: XigmaNAS 11.2.0.4.6625 -amd64 embedded
  8. Extra H/W: Dell Perc H310 SAS controller, crosflashed to LSI 9211-8i IT mode, 8GB Innodisk D150SV SATADOM for O/S

Backup Nas: HP N40L (4x1TB HP branded Seagate disks in RaidZ configuration - 8GB ECC RAM)

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Re: x9scl-f good choice?

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Post by noclaf » 04 May 2017 21:07

I don't mean due to overcurrent. Simple failure (it is a piece of HW anyway).
So if the PSU fails, not taking more than 1HDD (in case of Z1) to heaven - then scrubbing&resilvering should be enough? I don't care if the file being written at the moment of failure is/not lost - I just don't want to loose all data in the pool.

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