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OT: but is cat 6 really faster then cat 5e?

Yes, Cat6 can theoretically support 10Gbps transfers but is limited at certain lengths. CAT6A is also shielded twisted pair, or STP, which prevents EMI.
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Yes, Cat6 can theoretically support 10Gbps transfers but is limited at certain lengths. CAT6A is also shielded twisted pair, or STP, which prevents EMI.

Cat5e can do giabit speeds, but it's not certified for gigabit speeds. Cat5e is rated at up to 100Mhz, up to a max length of 100 meters (~330 ft). Cat6 is rated at up to 250Mhz, at the same distance I believe. Cat6a is rated at up to 500Mhz if using Plenum Shielded Twisted Pair cables.

Ethernet cabling is not rated in measurements of 10MB, 10/100MB, 10/100/1000MB, or 10GB...but instead in it's frequency rating. To ensure maximum speed, not only do you have to use quality cables, you also have to use quality jacks/keystones, rated at the same speed as the cable. Using Cat5e cable with Cat6a keystone jack will still only get Cat5e speeds. Cat6 can do 10GB speeds, but at a much shorter distance (~120-180 ft, depending if bundled with other cables or not), whereas Cat6a can do 10GB speeds at the same distance as previous versions (~330 ft).
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very interested in how this setup pans out, subbed!
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Originally Posted by ZFedora View Post

Yes, Cat6 can theoretically support 10Gbps transfers but is limited at certain lengths. CAT6A is also shielded twisted pair, or STP, which prevents EMI.

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Originally Posted by tycoonbob View Post

Cat5e can do giabit speeds, but it's not certified for gigabit speeds. Cat5e is rated at up to 100Mhz, up to a max length of 100 meters (~330 ft). Cat6 is rated at up to 250Mhz, at the same distance I believe. Cat6a is rated at up to 500Mhz if using Plenum Shielded Twisted Pair cables.
Ethernet cabling is not rated in measurements of 10MB, 10/100MB, 10/100/1000MB, or 10GB...but instead in it's frequency rating. To ensure maximum speed, not only do you have to use quality cables, you also have to use quality jacks/keystones, rated at the same speed as the cable. Using Cat5e cable with Cat6a keystone jack will still only get Cat5e speeds. Cat6 can do 10GB speeds, but at a much shorter distance (~120-180 ft, depending if bundled with other cables or not), whereas Cat6a can do 10GB speeds at the same distance as previous versions (~330 ft).

Ah I see.

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June 25, 2012
Ordered my new Power Supply (Rosewill FORTRESS-550), and x2 1-to-7 Molex extensions (Norco C-P1T7). Also found out that the Norco RPC-4224 has a 15% discount going on, which is worth about $60. I contacted Newegg about it, since I already ordered mine, and they gave me a $15 off my new order (PSU and 1-to-7 Molex), which is awesome. Go Newegg!
Looking forward to this PSU as well. I know Rosewill isn't top of the line, by any means...but I have always had good luck with Rosewill, and they just released their new FORTRESS series of PSUs, which are 80+ Platinum. Yes, Platinum. Can't find any reviews on this new PSU, but getting a 20% discount on it (and 20% on the Molex Splitters too), and it's 80+ Plat...which I have never had before. 89% efficiency minimu, and up to 94%. According to PSU calculators, with 24 7200 RPM SATA III HDDs, I need a 497w minimum...with 520w recommended, so this should just be enough once fully loaded (which will be awhile). New items to review once I return from vacation! Woohoo.

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@OP

As much as the PSU might deliver 550W sustained, make sure you get a controller that supports staggered spin-up. 50W isn't really a lot of headroom for a cold boot with 24 drives...
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post #27 of 123
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Originally Posted by parityboy View Post

@OP

As much as the PSU might deliver 550W sustained, make sure you get a controller that supports staggered spin-up. 50W isn't really a lot of headroom for a cold boot with 24 drives...

Yeah, this is something I was thinking about last night. Once I fill this up with 24 drives, I will get a new PSU if I have problems. Cold boots will be rare, and will check for staggered spin up before buying a controller.

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Ordered my motherboard and 2 4GB sticks of RAM. Getting closer! Just need my 2 SSDs for my boot drives and a CPU, and I can start building. Hopefully two weeks or less until I can order those. PSU was received, as well as the SATA Expanders, so keep a look out for more videos soon!
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New posts for July 3, and July 4. New videos (motherboard, RAM, RAM Cooling, PSU, and Molex Expander) also added! I removed the video links, and just embedded the Videos in Post 3...in Spoiler tabs, for easier viewing. Pictures will be added soon.
Server Chassis video was rerecorded, using a tripod for better stability.

Have a happy (and safe) July 4th to all Americans!
Edited by tycoonbob - 7/4/12 at 6:43pm
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Good stuff, can't wait for the next update.
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