Running the SuperMicro Motherboard
At last the server is ready. Exchanged the mainboard with the SuperMicro board. Although it is now running “only” 16GB of RAM, it is ECC memory… So no more risk is broken ZFS pools.
Replacing the board was quite easy. I also took the opportunity to add a nice Noctua CPU cooler to the kit. Just a matter of preparing the board with the CPU, Memory and CPU-cooler. remove the MSI board and re-locate one spacer. Reconnect the wires and done. Besides the benefit of ECC memory I also now have the access to IPMI, now I can control the fans and whatnot via a web-interface. Pretty interesting feature.
Additionally I have added a couple more 2.5" SATA SSD drives.
- Kingston: 240 GB in use as log disks for the Mirror and Media pools
- Crucial 240 GB as mirror in the boot pool.
In the end the complete list of hardware is:
- Case: Fractal Design Node 804
- Mainboard: X11SSL-F
- CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1225 v5
- RAM: Timetec Hynix IC 8GB DDR4 2666MHz PC4-21300 Unbuffered ECC(2x 8GB)
- Power Supply: Cooler Master MWE Gold 650v2
- Boot SSD: Corsair Force Series MP510 240GB M.2
- For Caching purposes: Crucial BX500 240GB SATA 2.5" SSD (2x)
- File Server Storage: 2x 2TB WD RED drives I still had lying around.
- TimeMachine Backup: 2x 4TB Seagate drives I also had lying around.
- Media Server Storage: 4x 4TB WD RED drives, bought these mid 2021
- Host Bus Adapter for storage disks: LSI SAS 9207-8i/e
- CPU Cooling: Noctua NH-D9L
- Extra Cooling: Kit of 3x Noctua NF-F12 PWM
- Additional cables and velcro cable ties.
Learned a lot and it turned out into a nice server, definitely one that is better then the trusted MacMini. Although the MacMini is it next life as the backup host at this location.
Running multiple streams via PLEX and even then the server is not breaking a sweat, both for the CPU and the temperatures.