Node 804, low power, transcoding and many drives

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This is my second homemade unraid server, first one was a mini-itx with a ssd based array only used for plex with hw transcoding capability, (Ryzen 2700x with 45 TDP set in bios and Nvidia quadro P2200), medias were stored on a Synology Nas.

Now I want to combine all in one Box, for reducing space and power saving and use NAS only for backup.

I mainly use plex and handbrake.

Requirement for my new Config : Low TDP but with good amount of core.


for the media storage array : 12 3.5 drives minimum, more room for additional 2.5 drives is best.

for the application array : 2 nvme ssd (data + parity).


Here are the parts list :

- Case : Fractal Design Node 804

- Case Fans :

   5x Noctua NF-S12B Redux 1200 PWM (4 for front air intake, 1 at rear on the motherboard side for exhaust)

   3x Noctua NF-P14S REDUX-1500 PWM (1 for exhaust on the hdd side, 1 on the roof on the motherboard side for exhaust, 1 for cooling the pcie cards)

- Fan splitters : Aquacomputer RGBpx Splitty4

- CPU : AMD Ryzen 3900 (65W TDP, non X version)

- CPU Cooler : Scythe Big Shuriken 3

- CPU Cooler additional Fan : Noctua NF-P12 Redux-1700 PWM

- GPU : PNY Nvidia Quadro P2200

- PSU : SilverStone SST-SX800-LTI

- PSU additional Cable : SilverStone SST-PP06B-MB55 kit and SILVERSTONE PP06B-3SATA80M

- Motherboard : ASRock Rack X470D4U

- HBA Card : LSI 9207-8i SATA/SAS 6Gb/s PCI-E 3.0

- Ram : 2x Kingston KSM32ED8/32ME (64Gb ECC DDR4 total ram)

- SSD :  parity & data : 2x 1 Tb ADATA SX8200 Pro M2 Nvme

            for media array : 2x Samsung SSD 870 EVO MZ-77E500B Sata


- Hard Drives : parity : 2x 16 Tb Toshiba MG08ACA16TE data : 10x 8 Tb Seagate ST8000DM004 (pre owned)

- M2 support : Delock PCI Express x4 Card > 1 x internal NVMe M.2 Key M

- Additionnal Fan holder : Expansion Slot Side Fan Mounting Kit

- Additional Drives holder : Nexus DoubleTwin Hard Drive Vibration Absorber


Tool-less mounting for Sata SSDs :

- Icy Dock ExpressCage MB742SP-B

- for mount this inside the case : XSPC Radiator Standoff Bracket Set (6-32 UNC) (plus some screws and washers).


Next step, the build...

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the build is still unfinished, spend one week with a blank screen on boot and no precise information from the "dr debug" lcd panel...


The solution was to boot without the pcie cards, only AC and ethernet cable, then get into ipmi via web browser, then launch KVM and set pci bufircation to x8x8 in the bios...


Then to put back all the pcie cards on the motherboard.


After that i saw Bios Post screen, then Lsi HBA card bootup, etc...


At this moment i'm testing with a trial version of Unraid to check that there's no problems with the pcie devices, then i will test with all the drives..

Note : I had to buy an additional cable kit (SilverStone SST-PP06B-MB55) for the PSU, the 24 pin cable supplied with the Sx800-LTI are too short.

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On 6/14/2022 at 6:50 AM, prozonelayer said:

Looking great! Were you able to fit all 12 spinning disks in there??

Also, how are temps and noise?

Yeah there's 12 x 3.5 Hdd drives, 2 x 2.5 Hdd and 2x M.2 SSd...

At this moment my server is in a closed clothes closet, with very few airflow, the average temp in my location is 30 °C (= 86 °F), the temp are acceptables on the HDD sides (Hdds are between 41°C and 43°C when preclearing), but on the Motherboard Side the Hdd under the MB is quite Hot (52°C while preclearing), i will make a "mesh mod" on the door to replace the acrylic window by mesh).


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