New SFF server

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Thanks to the old server blowing the motherboard, I've opted to start the build of a whole new SFF (small form factor) file and DLNA server. We're looking at around three weeks before I begin the actual build, but here's a rundown on parts:

Cooler Master Elite 130 ITX enclosure
Rosewill RV350 v2 350W PFC power supply
ASRock AM1B-ITX miniITX motherboard
AMD 5350 Kabini 25W Quad-Core 2.05GHz APU with Radeon HD 8400
Crucial 2x8GB ECC DDR3 1600Mhz

Plus a couple recent parts from the old server:

HighPoint RocketRAID 622 eSATA PCIe 2.0 1x controller
Kingwin 16GB SATA-3 SSD (currently loaded with customized FreeNAS 64-bit)
MediaSonic HF2-SU3S2 external 4-bay HDD enclosure (USB 3.0 and eSATA with replication)
4x Western Digital 2TB Green HDD (currently loaded with ZFS1 array, total 5.33TB usable protected space)

I did a rundown on the eSATA controller, 4-bay enclosure, and HDDs back in march, but this will be a little more detailed (and with video).

The choice to go with socket AM1 is largely to do with heat. The last upgrade went from two HDDs, a Radeon HD 2600Pro, and a 65W CPU sharing space, which was too hot for the sealed cabinet, to 4 drives external, the same Radeon HD 2600Pro, and a 45W CPU, which was fine. As I wanted to move into an APU to consolidate into a smaller form, the idea of an FM2+ just didn't make sense to me as we were stepping back up in heat output. ReadyMedia, aka miniDLNA, (as a FreeNAS plugin) was only able to use the Radeon card at only a very limited FPS improvement (compared to the Athlon 2.1Ghz X2 solo), but the HD 8400 / R3 series fully support GCN and I've seen major improvements on other systems even with low-end parts, so I figure doubling the processing power AND adding GCN video transcoding while shrinking the entire system down to a mere 25W of heat output should be ideal.

More to come soon.

Nick McDermott

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Build video will delayed anywhere from 2-4 weeks due to CHILDREN. Two of my boys are in high-school band and are taking a weekend-long field trip, and of course somebody has to pay for it...

At this point no changes in components. Can't find any better deals without sacrificing functionality.

Nick McDermott