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Most efficient x86 platform for passive NAS server?

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Hola guys,

what you would suggest in 2020 as the most power efficient platform having at least 4 native sata and fake raid controller functionality? I don't need any streaming capability and so on so something with 2 cores - 4 threads would be more than enough....

I need to lower my actual linux nas server power usage aiming to a full passive solution, something near 20w in idle without the hdds/ssds for the storage part....I would like going to ssds but since i need 4tb usage space it's still to costly even if I'll go for 2tb ssds each and using 2+2 in raid 1.....well, we will see....

cheers!
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My NAS when I only had one SSD + one HDD (and no 10 GbE NIC) was pulling <30w measured from the wall, it's a G5500 + Z390 board. Semi-bragged in the ban thread about it.


was with OCed B-Die too.

now it's got 3x drives in RAID 0 and a 4th drive as a backup along with an NVME boot drive and it idles in the mid 50s and even when writing to the array I've never seen it over 90w.

It's not passive but it could be. ¯\(ツ)
 

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I would be ok with just one or two gigabit eth

would be perfect a industrial platform with dual nics but usually they lack on sata connections....

I need low idle power since I would like it on 24/7
 

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most efficient setup for what I personally have dealt with, has been Xeon on 2011 or 2011-3. lots of the boards have intel 1gig, plenty of onboard assets, and my 10 core runs vcore of 0.7 to 0.9 volts depending on load. a quadcore variant would be easily 1/3 the power "cost" and the quad I have, was $20 on ebay.

combine it with 2 or 4 sticks of 1866 or 2133 ECC, and you have a rock solid system that sips the power, but has a LOT of conectivity support.
 

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Hola guys,

what you would suggest in 2020 as the most power efficient platform having at least 4 native sata and fake raid controller functionality? I don't need any streaming capability and so on so something with 2 cores - 4 threads would be more than enough....

I need to lower my actual linux nas server power usage aiming to a full passive solution, something near 20w in idle without the hdds/ssds for the storage part....I would like going to ssds but since i need 4tb usage space it's still to costly even if I'll go for 2tb ssds each and using 2+2 in raid 1.....well, we will see....

cheers!

HP Gen 8 microserver, with your cstates set correctly.


I have a spare one with the caddies at the house with 2 sticks of 8GB DDR3 Non Reg in it. I would sell it to you under Ebay price if you want it.

$320 for OCN member. (They are one of the sought after models and go for $500+ with lower specs, used on ebay.)

The cheapest one on Ebay is 320 right now , near gutted....

I also stuck the fastest CPU in it possible, Xeon E3-1230 v2 (lower TDP step code) So you might want to change that...

but it was like 15 wat or so over recommended TDP spec for server. I just turned off HT to keep it cool running under 100% load.

She hasnt had a problem for me... but i replaced her with a fully loaded R720XD and shes just collecting dust.

Still to this day they are one of the smallest possible Xeon systems you can get that take 4 drives.

They have sas connectors, but only take sata drives unless you replaced the raid controller.
 

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Yup maybe efficient is misleading since you can have a 400w cpu that’s more efficient on some workloads than a previous generation one

So I will correct myself asking for the platform allowing gigabit connection (maybe dual), 4 native sata ports, maybe a m2 connector for os drive and sporting dual cores/4 threads capability while consuming the littlest power consumption on idle and load....

I checked j atoms but they have only 2 sata and the other 2 are through asmedia controller.... any industrial soc platform in sight allowing software raid on 4 sata drives and 10w tdp?
 

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... why not just get something in the Asustor line?


I'm only familiar with the 10 GbE AS400T flavor but they have others that are cheaper, but the AS400T is a 4 bay with 10 GbE and 2x 1 GbE for ~$300. The other models vary but all but the cheapest ones have >1 and most have USB 3.0 so you could just go with a USB NIC if you're okay with the overhead woes going through USB.

They use either Intel Celerons or Marvell Armada CPUs depending on the model. Probably not going to get much lower in power consumption numbers than them.
 

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because I need a linux distro on it :) I already have a dual bay nas just for backup of the linux NAS in a different building of my block, you know, IT guy paranoia ...
 
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