So I had been thinking about selling current build (see sig) with my SMA8 Rev. A since my PC has basically been idle and unused for months. I've been offered a good amount for it but just haven't been able to pull the trigger because I know I'll most likely never get this case again.
So I started to explore how best I could make use of the hardware in there (TR 1950x, Dual 1080Ti's, 64GB RAM, etc.). I run a pretty beefy (Xeon E5-2680v3, 80TB+ storage) Unraid server and I was thinking maybe I could combine them.
Well, that day is rapidly approaching. I got Unraid installed and setup a Windows 10 VM with the following passed through hardware:
- One Threadripper Die (8c/16t)
- Samsung 960 Pro 512GB NVMe SSD
- EVGA 1080Ti FTW3
- USB 3 Controller
With this configuration I have my "PC" basically running with the same baremetal performance I had before. Yet now I have the other 8c/16t available to all my docker containers/VMs, etc. I've even passed through the second 1080Ti to my Plex docker container and have it being used for HW transcoding (it's killer).
Now that all the testing is basically done, I'm in the process of building my own JBOD case to put my 8 x 10TB spinners into in order to connect them to the SMA8 and the migration from separate PC & Server to one combined all in one box will be complete.
The moral of the story is, never sell your CaseLabs case. Find a way to re-purpose it