I want to replace my power hog WHS v1 SageTV server, been trying different stuff on/off for about a year. I thought this would be "it", installed the latest Win8 customer preview.
FSP 400W Gold PSU
WD Blue 320GB 2.5" OS drive
5 x 2TB Samsung Green drives
PCI-e Intel Pro1000 PT gigabit NIC
Win8 installed, didn't have drivers for the Intel NIC, can't install Intel drivers for Win7 unless I hack their scripts because it immediately says "unknown OS" or something similar and halts. I pulled the Intel NIC and turned on the onboard Realtek 8111D. It was recognized, MS driver installed. However, the LAN transfer starts at 100MB/s and rapidly drops all the way down to 4MB/s on big video files. Tried Filezilla server/client, no difference. Transfers to the WHS v1 server 87MB/s, scratch head. Win8 wouldn't let me install a Realtek driver to test with, so I uninstalled theirs first. Now it doesn't know the NIC exists, even after turning it off then back on in the BIOS, rebooting. Realtek driver install also fails.
The "parity" drive pool set up the 5 drives ok, pretty slick actually. I was transferring some big files and the transfer somehow timed out, the drive pool disappeared until I rebooted. It also disappears if the PC goes to sleep on S3, not sure about S1 BIOS settings. Power Saver in Win8 won't let me bring it out of sleep well either, key press or mouse movement did nothing.
I was so happy that the PC idled at only about 35W, now looking to either reinstall or trying other hardware I have on hand. I do not like green eggs and ham, nor do I like Win8 Metro.