Originally Posted by TViewer2000
Well that stinks but I guess it makes sense. They are interested in performance and not so much on electricty usuage.
Well, yeah, when you get into boxes with this kind of capacity it's sort of assumed you're not going to be getting into a lot of power savings features. You can certainly swap out the motherboard for something that does a better job.
The value of the deal here has been getting a high quality chassis at a great price. For many people it's been a great jumping off point for other upgrades. The hard part when you're dealing with wanting to use a lot of drives is the chassis, not the motherboard, memory or other stuff. These are great for that. Me, I wanted to build a box that was good for running a number of virtual machines, one of which being a big file server. So I swapped out the motherboard for something that handles the VMWare stuff better and some other SATA interface cards for the drives. It was STILL a good deal because of the quality of the chassis and the drive sled setups.
Meanwhile in one of my other chassis I swapped in Supermicro Atom board and am delighted at the much lower power consumption it requires. The board's not all that capable when it comes to serious drive I/O performance but it's great for use as a standalone mail and DNS server. Some stuff like that is better off on it's own, vs being tied up inside a VM server with a lot of other stuff running.