Originally Posted by EViS
It's finally time to get my server build on the road. Having read most of the posts in this tiny
thread, I have a couple of questions, albeit a bit specific...a ) In reference to the Norco 4220, what are the reverse breakout cables for and if required, how many do I need?
I'd ideally like to use parts from my current desktop. However I'm not willing to skimp on a quality media storage (and TV distribution) server thus will buy new parts if need be. I am after low power useage as a priority.
My current ATX Asus P5B
has the following expansion ports:
2 x PCI-E x16 (blue @ x16 mode, black @ x2 or x4 mode)
1 x PCI-E x1 (x1 or diabled mode)b ) Will I be able to install 1 AOC-SASLP-MV8 in the black x4 PCI-E slot and 1 in the blue x16 PCI-E slot?
The blue slot currently has my GPU which I will be selling.c ) Does the above MOBO allow for hot swap on the HDD's?d ) Is there any reason not use the above MOBO? It is a full size ATX, is this likely to course any problems in the Norco 4220 or in the forseable future?e ) Will a 500W PSU (Seasonic S12 ATX2.0) be sufficient for a C2D e6600 with 10 HDD's?f ) Will a Scythe Mine Quiet CPU Cooler (dimensions: 109(w) x 105(d) x 150(h) mm) fit in the Norco 4220?
I have the P5B Deluxe in one of my systems. It is a really stable MB.
(A) You only need reverse breakout cables if you plan to connect discrete SATA ports from your MB or a SATA controller to the Norco backplane. Your MB provides 7 SATA ports (6xICH8R + 1 separate on a promise controller). Most people would connect 4 of those to the backplane so you probably only need 1 reverse breakout cable.
(B) Yes, you can put a SuperMicro HBA into each of the PCIe x16 slots. Just ensure that you disable the PCIx1 port in the BIOS or you won't get all 4 lanes enabled on the black one. You'll also need to get a PCI video card since you'll be using all of the usable PCIe for the HBAs.
(C) Your mileage may vary on Hotswap. The MB ports will support hotswap as long as the BIOS is configured for RAID or AHCI (you can still use the ports as individual drives even if the BIOS settings are RAID, but it is only the RAID driver that will support hotswap). Unfortunately, not all versions of the Windows drivers get it right. I've never used this MB in WHS, so I don't know for certain if hotswap will work. Also can't speak for Linux. You'll need to do some testing.
(D) No reason not to use the MB as long as you are staying with your CPU too. It works great with all of the 1066 FSB processors. Some people have reported trouble when used with newer (1333 FSB) CPUs, but I've run it with a 9550 with no problems at all. Consider upgrading it if/when you move to a new CPU.
(E) Wattage is not the right question. You need to ensure that the 12v rail can handle the disks at spinup, which for most drives is between 2-3A each. The Seasonic PSU you listed has two separate 12V rails of 16.5A each, which will only do the job if you are careful to ensure that both rails are wired to the backplane, either every other row of the backplane (half your drives) on each rail or even better with both rails wired to each backplane (with one rail on teh "A" molex and the other on the "B" molex). Your life would be much easier with a single-rail PSU.
(f) It should fit - but it is massive overkill for an e6600 CPU. And you really won't care about having a quiet CPU cooler unless you fix the 4220's fan tray first...