Currently have a N36L microserver running a 5 disk raidz array and a 6th disk on its own (using a 2x3.5" to 5.25" adapter). After having a disk fail and reading the LLC count on my Green drives (I am one of those noobs that didnt hear about the idle timer problem till 3 years later) I have decided to move to raidz2 so I need to upgrade the enclosure and therefore the system. I could run the 6th drive with some sort of esata enclosure but thats no fun haha. Will likely use the N36L as a low power Vsphere host.
As the machine is powered 24x7 (and the n36l was capable of running it under load periods) my main priorities are as follows:
$ mentioned is AUD.
1. Power usage (every W saved nets about $2.50 per year saved here)
5. Form factor
So far i have been looking at the Fractal Define R4 and the Fractal Define Mini. Leaning towards the define R4 as if i want to have an additional striped + mirrored array in the future I could fit it in there. Are there any smaller cases than the Define R4 that hold more disks in tool-less bays?
I am not up to date on the latest (or last gen, or the gen before that
) Cpus. From a bit of searching Intel Core i3 4130T seems to have the lowest TDP and cost, which cpus are reccomended for low idle power and the ability to perform when required? The CPU must support ECC ram
If the G3420 is better for power usage Ill go that as it is much cheaper.
As for undervolting I would only do it to the degree that I can set it and forget it as I wont be able to directly monitor instability. If the stock CPU gives good perfomance for Watt I wont even bother
No special feature requirements here. Bonus points for Intel AHCI controllers and more than 4x sata ports. Again the preference is lower power consumption. The array disks will be run from a LSI HBA so I only really need 4 ports.
8GB of ECC memory, are there any low voltage ECC sticks around that arent double the price?
Efficiency is the primary goal here. As for wattage I am not sure much grunt would be required for 8 hdds...
Thanks for your help all