Lolight

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  1. i doubt you'll see much of real world speed differences in the NAS environment. I think what would be more of interest is a difference in their load/unload cycle ratings:
  2. This is an unknown brand with unknown long term quality. Spend some time on PSU research and choose a model with a long term record from a well-known brand. For your use the available wattage is not important - select a unit of the lowest available wattage rating within the chosen model line.
  3. it should be fine as a storage/direct play media server. Not if you plan on any kind of media transcoding. And probably not for gaming.
  4. I think an Intel based system would be an optimal solution for your use case.
  5. PSU: get a quality unit from a reputable brand. Exp. Card: you won't need one if you get a MB with enough of SATA ports
  6. The "normal" non-RGB unit is not the same design as in the RGB one. Leadex Gold is not the same as Leadex III Gold. Those are different models that offer a different quality of components and overall design, much more so than just the addition of the RGB feature.
  7. because it wasn't selling directly (in many countries) under its own name. Super Flower was the source of almost all of the higher end EVGA PSUs.
  8. https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-550f14hg-550w/p/1HU-024C-00008
  9. I'd advise to check out this example of a build first:
  10. Check if the board is on the latest BIOS.
  11. DRAM-less drives in general are not nearly as fast when moving large files around. According to this site: https://premiumbuilds.com/comparisons/wd-blue-sn550-vs-black-sn750/#Verdict "The Western Digital Blue SN550 is inferior to the Black SN750 in sequential read speed by 44%, sequential write speed by 53%, and 4KB read and write speeds by 25% and 38% respectively." And on top of that please be aware of the following development: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/hardware/western-digital-confirms-speed-crippling-sn550-ssd-flash-change/
  12. A better choice would be a WD Black sn750 NVMe Gen 3 (not the DRAM-less WD Black sn750 SE Gen 4)
  13. For me it would be because Seagate 8TB externals are SMR drives which are not even worth $10/TB in the NAS environment, IMHO.
  14. All of Seagate NAS (IronWolf/IronwWolf Pro) and Enterprise (Exos) HDDs in any capacity are always CMR.
  15. I was referring to the 8TB drive sold by Costco. There are currently no SMR drives in capacities of 10TB and larger. With the exception of the recently announced Seagate 20TB model (still unknown at this point when it will hit retail)
  16. First try re-connecting the battery to the MOBO - the connector might not be fully inserted. You can get a cheap laptop CMOS replacement battery with a matching connector (2 or 3-pin) on ebay. The connector is very small and tricky to disconnect. Make sure not to damage the socket it's attached to. If that doesn't solve the problem I'm afraid you'd have to RMA your MOBO for a replacement.
  17. I don't consider SMR drives to be a bargain, even at $130 per 8 TB prices.
  18. You have to set the date and time manually in BIOS. There's a laptop type CMOS battery on the MOBO (visible as attached to the red/black wire in the left lower corner)
  19. WD publishes complete list of SMR drives following user backlash: https://www.techspot.com/news/84973-wd-publishes-complete-list-smr-drives-following-user.html
  20. Here's the story and how it has developed (watch the links in sequence). How would anyone even consider buying anything from Gigabyte after watching those videos?
  21. You haven't said much about the overall usage. If your NAS is just a file server, there shouldn't be much of a CPU usage beside when transcoding. Did you enable the Plex's hardware acceleration option? If not then that would explain your high CPU load. With the option enabled the i3-8100's built-in iGPU should be able to handle at least a few of hardware accelerated streams instead of taxing the main cores. You cold you also try to direct play on the clients within your home network. The direct play option doesn't need transcoding on your server.
  22. I would also consider the latest Gigabyte fiasco (more like a total disaster) of their certain PSU products (search youtube for exploding Gigabyte PSUs). The company's response is absolutely horrific from a customer's stand point of few. Think twice about giving your money to this company!
  23. If you don't game then you won't need a stand-alone video card. You also won't need a power hungry processor paired with water cooling (unless you "want" it) and X299 board, or 750W PSU. What is your plan for 4 NVME cards? I haven't been keeping up with BlueIris... Isn't it still only working on an Intel iGPU (Quick Sync)? The processor on your list doesn't come with internal graphics. Do you run Plex with hardware acceleration enabled? Asking, since you probably will have no choice but to run BlueIris in a Virtual Machine environment.