Auggie Posted June 17, 2013 Share Posted June 17, 2013 I'm beginning the initial stages of building a brand new server to replace my outgrown 14-drive X7SPA-HF Atom D510 in which I have been replacing each of its 2/3TB drives with Hitachi 4TB drives (wish WD would release a Caviar Green since I'm all about the lowest power consumption as possible). To save the investment in the drives, I've been reutilizing the replaced drives as external USBs attached directly to my Media Player (PCH-C200), but due to the frustrating method that NMT's handle its hard drives which typically requiring re-indexing of the video catalog if they are unplugged then reattached, it's time I build a proper media storage server to encompass the maximum number of drives possible under unRAID, as well as finally providing RAID protection over all drives since the USB drives (7 of them currently) are vulnerable to data loss. I've now got my hands on a Supermicro X9SCM-F, Intel Pentium 2.3GHz, 16GB Hynix, and two Supermicro AOC-SASLP-MV8's, which will eventually be installed into a Norco RPC-4224. So my question now is what would be the recommended power supply to handle this mobo configuration plus 24 Hitachi 4TB drives ? My priorities are: 1) Quality, 2) Reliability, 3) Quietness, 4) Efficiency. I've seen a new build thread utilizing Seasonic X-850, although he was going for 22x WD Green 3TBs (6W R/W, 5.5W idle)* and 2x WD Black 3TBs (10.4 R/W, 8.1W idle)* compared to my intended 22x Hitachi 5K4000 (~6W R/W, 4.9W idle)** and 2x Hitachi 7K4000 (~9W R/W, 6.9W idle)**. On a tangent, as I don't yet have the Norco case and I've been unsuccessful finding any online documentation, nor am I sufficiently knowledgeable with SAS technology, I'm assuming I would be able to connect the 24 drives from the Norco backplane to the AOC-SASLP's via 6 SAS internal cables assuming each Norco SAS port handles 4 drives each, yes? * Specs provided by Western Digital ** R/W specs provided by StorageReview; idle specs provided by Hitachi Quote Link to comment
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