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  1. Everything is still for sale! Updated prices as well as added a CPU/Motherboard Combo.
  2. If anyone that comes across this thread and is looking for something similar, I have a E-2278G and Supermicro X11SCA-F combo that I’m selling in the Selling Forum: The X11SCA-F has the same iGPU passthrough as these ASRock Rack motherboards but it’s a stable BIOS and not a beta one. It has zero trouble with CPU boost clock performance. It also is a full ATX size so you can get adequate distance between PCIE slots which is perfect if you’re trying to use a dual slot GPU. If anyone has any questions, please let me know. I’m trying to sell the CPU, motherboard, heatsink, and RAM all together, but I’m definitely open to just a CPU/motherboard combo if that’s what it takes.
  3. I'm looking to sell my excellent condition, very lightly used Supermicro X11SCA-F MB w/ E-2278G CPU 32GB ECC RAM combo. All that this combo entails: CPU: Intel Xeon E-2278G (8 cores/16 threads, 80W TDP) --> This CPU is a beast and the iGPU can handle nearly 20 x 1080p 8Mbps transcodes. Heatsink: Noctua NH-D9L --> Even at full speed, it is virtually silent. It is extremely easy to install and fits nicely in a 3U server chassis. Motherboard: Supermicro X11SCA-F --> Motherboard has only been used for the last couple of weeks and comes with all the accessories including IO Shield and M.2 installation adapters. RAM: 2 x Supermicro (HMA82GU7CJR8N-VK) 16GB SDRAM ECC DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Server Memory Model MEM-DR416L-HL01-EU26 --> This RAM is on the QVL for the motherboard and works perfectly. Everything is in perfect working condition and will come in original boxes. I'd like to sell everything all together, so those that want the complete system will have priority. I can even leave the RAM and CPU installed and shipped if that is preferred. The heatsink will have to be applied by the buyer though since shipping with it installed would make it a lot more difficult. Complete CPU/Heatsink/Motherboard/RAM Combo Asking Price: $870 (PayPal - US Shipping Included!, Local Cash will get better deal!) CPU/Motherboard Combo Asking Price: $670 (PayPal - US Shipping Included!, Local Cash will get better deal!) Pictures: https://imgur.com/gallery/GNu9515
  4. From what I read on the Level1 Forum, it looks like @cybrnook has one. You could ask him.
  5. Looking to sell my slightly used and working ASUS C246M PRO motherboard. The BIOS is the newest one available so it will gladly take a 9th Gen Intel CPU without doing another BIOS update. This is a great motherboard for a 1U pfsense/server build and it's also good for any case that needs a motherboard that is built for airflow. Specs are here: WS C246M PRO | Servers & Workstations | ASUS USA It comes with 1 x Support CD, 1 x I/O shield, 8 x SATA 6G cables, 1 x Com port cable, 1 x User manual, and 1 x Quick start guide. Asking price is $130 local or $145 shipped. PayPal or in-person cash. This is a good deal cheaper than what you'll currently find on eBay or Amazon. Please let me know if you have any questions. = SOLD More Pics: https://imgur.com/a/wSSz9at#YdSHXuX
  6. To give a little more clarification that what has been posted above: Your current motherboard has a C232 chipset. This motherboard only supports Intel 6th and 7th Gen Celeron, Pentium, and Core i3 as well as E3-12xx v5 and v6 CPU's. This chipset also won't allow you to passthrough an iGPU for transcoding. This is a limitation of the particular chipset. Passthrough of the iGPU is only on the other consumer chipsets (non server) or C236 chipset. If you're looking to use a 8th or 9th Gen Intel Core CPU, you could find a motherboard with a C246 chipset which would also allow you to use an iGPU for transcoding (if one exists on the CPU you chose). However, if you want a motherboard with a built in SAS HBA, there isn't a C246 motherboard that has one. You'll have to buy a separate card. Overall, I don't believe you're going to be able to find a motherboard that will have everything you want it to do.
  7. If you figure it out for your X11SCH-LN4F, please let us know. It’s definitely possible with the X11SCA-F but the BIOS is different than what is on our motherboards (I have a X11SCH-F). I’ve tried a lot of things but I haven’t switched to EFI boot or called Supermicro for support. Someone got it working on ServeTheHomw but didn’t post a lot of details about what they did and we’re using a different Linux OS.
  8. If you review the earlier posts and do what is required, you should be able to have both active without issue. iKVM and QuickSync can work simultaneously if the right adjustments are made.
  9. If you want a detailed build list, I could put one together for you. After that, it's pretty simple to put together. A quick installation guide would be easy to write up.
  10. I haven't been able to get them working together at the same time. I have onboard graphics enabled and am doing a Legacy boot. As soon as the i915 loads, the iKVM cuts out. Adding i915.disable_display=1 doesn't help much. The screen freezes instead of goes away when i915 loads, but that's about it. The BIOS for the X11SCH-F is considerably different than the X11SCA-F, and the options are very different. I'm sure there is a setting that I'm not seeing but I don't know what it is. If I can't figure it out sometime soon, I'll just make a script to load the iGPU when the array starts so that way the iKVM works all the way through the boot process. I think that might work best and would be perfectly acceptable for me since that is the only time I'll really want the iKVM working. At the very worst, I could just manually load the iGPU whenever I reset the server after it's already booted and the web GUI is back up. Overall, it's not as straight forward as I would have liked, but at least it's not that big of a deal. The boot process makes it nearly 80% done before the iKVM cuts out.
  11. Sounds like it could be any number of things. Have you checked to see if your BIOS is up to date? Have you tried running with only 1 stick of RAM? Have you set your motherboard to Typical Idle Current in the BIOS?
  12. How much time do you think it takes? Also, are you including researching what you want to buy into that? The research should take the longest time and then the actual build shouldn’t take more than 2-3 hours.
  13. Look at it this way, a LSI 9211-8i (or SAS2008 variant) takes up a PCIE 2.0 x8 lane with a total bandwidth 4000 MB/s. If you were to use an expander to split those two SAS port links over 24 drives, you would get roughly a 140 MB/s (built in overhead that keeps it from being higher) from each drive if they are all running at the same time. That's not bad but a 5400rpm HDD should be running close to 185 MB/s at full speed. You're limited. If, however, you replace that 9211-8i with a 9300-8i/9207-8i (or SAS2308/SAS3008 variant) it takes up a PCIE 3.0 x8 lane with a total bandwidth of 4800 MB/s. Expanding out to 24 drives, that would be approximately 185 MB/s. The reason I suggested the 9207-8i (SAS2308) equivalent is because it uses the same SAS connectors that the cables on your motherboard will already plug into, has higher speed than SAS2008, and is half the price of SAS3008 (still the same PCIE 3.0 x8). If you were to go to SAS3008, you would need to spend considerably more money and would need 2 cables like these (https://store.supermicro.com/cable/supermicro-minisas-to-minisas-hd-50cm-cable-cbl-sast-0508-02.html). The only benefit you would be getting is support for TRIM (not needed if you don't plan on connecting an SSD to the card) and a slightly newer chipset. That's all you get for double the price.
  14. The Supermicro 846 backplanes essentially comes in 3 varieties: "TQ" - 24 x Direct SATA3 connections...you need 24 SATA ports from your motherboard and HBA to get connections to all 24 drives...it gives you flexibility to add as you go and if you can find them, they are really cheap...the issue really comes with all the cables needed to make it happen and multiple HBA's or an expander "A" - 6 x SAS ports connections...you need 6 SAS ports from either your motherboard or HBA's...if you have 3 x 2-port HBA's, you'll get a long of bandwidth and 6 total cables isn't a lot to deal with...the issue is the amount of PCIE lanes you're going to need to have available unless you're willing to spend some money on a 9211-16i (4 ports) + a 9211-8i (2 ports) or 9305-24i (6 ports) or an expander...these backplanes are fairly cheap and very similar to probably how your Norco was setup "SAS(X)-846E1" - Built in expander only needs 2 SAS ports to get data from all 24 drives...SAS2 will give the best balance of speed and cost with SAS1 being rather limited and SAS3 costing way way more...you keep cables to a minimum (only 2) and you're really only limited by the speed/bandwidth of the HBA you choose and the PCIE lane it is on => I think the SAS2-846E1 is a great model to go with because it keeps the amount of PCIE lanes taken up to a minimum on your motherboard and gives you a lot of flexibility to move up to a better HBA if you need more speed in the future.
  15. You picked a really good server case. I have a Supermicro 835 and 836, and I love them. They're built like tanks and they run great. To address a couple of your concerns: - The barebones 846's are really hard to find right now so the fact that you were able to get one without having to purchase a complete system is a really good deal (unless you had to pay a lot). I put my name on the waiting list to buy one eventually but I'm not in any hurry to replace my 836 when I still have some drive bays open. - That SAS2 backplane has an expander with it and is preferred. You can use only 1 HBA and use both ports to connect to the backplane to get full use out of that PCIE lane. - Unless you have a really hefty budget, a bunch of really fast drives, and want the fastest possible setup, I'd stay away from buying a SAS3 backplane. They're very expensive and if you're not ready to spend serious money, it's not worth it. - For HBA, you shouldn't go with the LSI 9266-8i that comes with. It's a SAS2208 chipset on an actual RAID card and it's harder to flash than a SAS2008 or SAS23008 HBA. - You found a good store to buy a HBA from. I have a 9211-8i that I bought from Art of the Server and it's been great. For your system though, I'd recommend you get a card with a SAS2308 or SAS3008 chipset. You're going to need a PCIE 3.0 x8 bandwidth to get the most speed out of your drives especially when doing a parity check. You'll finish faster. This is a good in expensive one that should work with the two SAS cables that will come with your 846: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-03X4446-9217-8i-6Gbps-SAS-PCI-E-3-0-HBA-P20-IT-Mode-ZFS-FreeNAS-unRAID/164248205524?hash=item263df4b8d4:g:J38AAOSw8Sde6XeW - If you're going to go with a non-Supermicro motherboard, you'll need a special cable so you can use the front panel connector: https://store.supermicro.com/supermicro-15cm-16-pin-front-control-panel-split-extension-cable-cbl-0084l.html - If you ever want to quiet the chassis down, there is a non-destructive way of doing it that'll cost a little over $100. Replace the 3 fans on the fan wall with FAN-0074L4's (trim the webbing on the side of the fan with some pliers...it pops right off) and replace the back 2 fans with FAN-0104L4's. They'll push lots of air without sounding like a jet engine.