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i ended up getting one of these bad boys on newegg open box special... hoping it wont be missing too much stuff:

SC846TQ-R900B_spec.jpgSC846TQ-R900B_alt.jpg

http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/4U/846/SC846TQ-R900.cfm
    
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Very Nice. If you don't mind me asking whats an openbox one run?
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about $600. The closest Norco runs $400, has no power supply, and requires me to buy all new cables (goes to mini-SAS internal connectors, each cable is $30 on newegg) so by the time i got all of that it would be the same price as this one.
    
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about $600. The closest Norco runs $400, has no power supply, and requires me to buy all new cables (goes to mini-SAS internal connectors, each cable is $30 on newegg) so by the time i got all of that it would be the same price as this one.
TBH even at full price the SM case is very tempting - the redundant power supply (with it's high 5V rail - ideal full multiple drives), higher quality fans and overall far better build quality does make it stand out from anything Norco offer.

Nice purchase.

How are you going to set up the drives? 2 x PERCs plus onboard, or something more exotic?
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TBH even at full price the SM case is very tempting - the redundant power supply (with it's high 5V rail - ideal full multiple drives), higher quality fans and overall far better build quality does make it stand out from anything Norco offer.

Nice purchase.

How are you going to set up the drives? 2 x PERCs plus onboard, or something more exotic?
2x PERC plus onboard for now, possibly a 3rd PERC to fill out all 24 spaces once i start running out of space again. If I did that I would have to go to something more beefy than an atom board like I am running currently... May end up using the motherboard in my sig rig for the server board and getting a new board with less pci-e slots for my new sig rig. Not entirely sure yet as I am still toying around with converting everything I have (server, sig rig, htpc rig) to rack in one central location, and sending the monitors/audio to where they need to go via HDMI since it can go so far.

I was able to procure a close-to-new dell full size 42U rack cabinet for the low, low price of absolutely free, so I intend to utilize it

4U server, 2U/maybe 4U htpc, 4U sig rig, 2U UPS, andddd... yeah, thats somewhat overkill for a full rack cabinet but in my defense, a 12U rack stand on amazon runs 200 dollars... and free, is, well, free... ill have plenty of room to expand
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Hi, Umm newb question. I just picked up the PERC 5/i card on the front page. Is this the latest BIOS I can use? Dell PERC i/5 2950 BIOS Page
If not, where can I pick up the Latest BIOS?

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OK, quick update. Got the PERC 6/i on Friday. Tested it in a Dell PE 1900, works normally alongside a PERC 5/i already in the server.

Tried it in my sig. rig and...fail. The machine continually reboots without even starting a POST Obviously it doesn't like the PERC 6/i. I read on EVGA forums that PERC 6/i cards purchased after January 2011 do not like the P55 chipset, due to Dell connecting the B5 and B6 pins to the RoC. Symptoms seem to be seeing 4GB RAM instead of 8GB, and 8GB RAM instead of 12GB.

My card is brand spanking new and came in a sealed bag mounted on its tray. I suspect the same issues must apply to the H55 chipset, and must therefore be SMBus-related.

Looks as if the nail polish trick is required...
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The PERC 5 and PERC 6 cards are PCIe 1.1 devices - they have a max bandwidth of 2GB/s in an x8 slot, dropping to 1GB/s in an x4 slot.

Unless you're using multiple SSDs you won't notice the difference, and even then the real-world differences are minimal.
remember that the PERC5 is not a true PCI-E 8x device... it was originally designed as a PCI-X device and there is a PCI-X to PCI-E bridge chip which further brings down the bandwidth of the PERC5 to 1GB/sec... but it is also a half-duplex bus, so when you're writing to disk (cache flush) and writing to the card, you're limited to 500MB/sec.
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Ha ha ha.... i hope it's not coming UPS... they hate heavy packages and will likely kick it around and throw it on the ground....
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