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  1. I’m about to pick up this board, a Xeon E-2226G, and a LSI 9300-8i HBA card. No dGPU. Plan is to use the iGPU with Plex/Emby for Hardware Transcoding. And since the my box is going to be headless, in a tech closet, it’s not going to be easy to access for maintenance, so needed a way to access BIOS settings and boot options (power on/off, etc.). So figure that’s IPMI. I’m reasonably tech savy, but haven’t build a PC in probably 10 years, so must admit, got a little lost following the thread above. Will I able to achieve what I want with this setup? Note: I chose this board specifically because I wanted a C246 chipset, DDR4-2666 support, IPMI and 2 x M.2.
  2. I’ve been planning a new NAS (replacing a Synology unit), and was toying between TrueNAS and Unraid. TrueNAS was very appealing at first, due to ZFS. As mentioned above, it looks very shinny to new users as it looks like it can do no wrong. All this talk of bit rot scares me. Some people are 100% “it’s real, protect your shit or definitely loose it”. Then I’m all panicked, and change my mind to TrueNAS. But then I read other’s counter posts, and they’re all “it’s not really a thing on modern hardware, get ECC RAM, stop panicking, and call it a day”. Both camps make good points 🤷‍♂️. This is why I got out of PC gaming and brought an Xbox a decade ago. Tech can be so opinion based sometimes lol 🤦‍♂️. Ultimately though, I believe I’ve settled on Unraid. I’m so over “managing” the tech in my house, and Unraid sounds stupid simple to use. I just want to power something on, boot up plex/emby, and let it do it’s thing. The last two NAS’s I’ve had over the last 8 years have been synology units, and I literally probably logged into their respective GUI’s maybe half dozen times between them. Mmm, I do think about that sweet ZFS though 🤔. Was considering running this plugin to get the best of both worlds. I wonder what Unraid official support will look like though? How will it work? And is it worth just waiting for that? Think that’ll literally just copy this plugin into installer, and call it “officially supported” now? Or do we think it’ll be implemented another way. Not sure they’ve mentioned how they’ll support it, only that they’re looking at it hey?
  3. I’ve been eyeing off a similar setup. E-2378G with that SuperMicro C256 board. ASRock Rack have a similar board that looked comparable (the E3C256D4U-2L2T). Was leaning towards the ASRock for the 10G ethernet. I would be interested to hear if anyone else using Unraid has build with E23xx Xeons or C25x chipsets yet?
  4. Cool. Sound’s like, even mostly assuming worst cases, unraid will still meets my requirements. I’d need a perfect storm of negative circumstances at the same time to start getting stuttering in the volume of streams I’d concurrently have running (likely 4 tops, because 4 TVs, 2 of which at 1080p anyway, but planning to upgrade them to 4K at some point). Thanks. That sets my mind at ease.
  5. So I could be considering 100MB/s as my average? Anything above is bonus of circumstance. Which next bottleneck in throughput I guess is the gigabit Ethernet that’d top out at 125MB/s? Looking at that remux as an example, on the inner track, I can be able to theoretically direct play 5 play movies tops (all remux’s)? Of course this assumes inner track, all 5 movies on the same drive, all about 100GB each (they seem to vary from 60-100 depending on release year). Likely I’d be able to achieve higher, because the likelihood of only hitting movies on the same drive, in a 6 drive storage volume, would be pretty low.
  6. I’d be great if there was a calculator, where you could punch in some rough specs, and it estimates where you potential bottleneck is, and max read/write (obviously based on theoretical max’s, but still would be great to show “hey, look at your drives” or “look at your nic”).
  7. I’m trying to do some math on potential Unraid build, and where my bottlenecks my be. Currently I run a DS1019, with 5 x 14TB WD Red Pros in RAID 6. Single gigabit connection to the network. On this I can comfortably run, direct play, through Plex a 4K HDR BluRay REMUX (~100GB file), and even a few 1080p direct play streams (smaller ~15TB files) same time. All clients are AppleTV 4K’s. Looking at Unraid, I’m aware this isn’t RAID, so is limited in ways by single drive performance. Assuming all WD Red Pro drives, and ignoring improvement to write performance with an NVMe/SSD cache pool. What would be theoretical/approximate real world read/write rate be? So far I got: 4K BluRay has a bitrate of up to 144 Mb/s WD Red Pro’s are SATA 6Gb/s. So 6000Mb/s? (product page says say up to 255MB/s?) My internet is 250/100 (I’m using this to gauge download speeds from SAB to the storage). Ethernet server to ATV is 1Gb/s. I’m trying to gauge if I can say be downloading something to the array at my max internet speed, whilst reading a 4K remux from the exact same drive in the array (obviously download would go to cache, but trying to gauge worst case)?
  8. Did I post something and forgot? This is exactly my situation and setup, DS1019 though, but all the other hardware is identical, and I’ve been googling for a month trying to find a rack mount solution to upgrade my the Synology to. Was chasing something with 12 bays, and enough room inside for a mATX board, Xeon 10core CPU, 128GB RAM, and possible a GPU, something like a P2000 maybe. But that proved impossible. Literally impossible. So I thought about it more, and realised 8 bay would probably do. That’ll double my usable storage over the Synology, and that’ll be plenty to get me through the next couple years, at which point I planned to move house, where I’ll have more room to install a proper 600mm deep rack. Hasn’t improved things though. Still very tough. Closest I’ve found was a UNAS or Silverstone case. But case though, no rack mount. The UNAS might fight. Silverstone a bit tall. Utterly lost atm. So if you find a solution, I’d be keen.