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This review is from: ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: The other day I realized I built my main desktop PC five years ago. Over time I upgraded the memory to 24 GB, upgraded to SSD, installed a newer video card and a bigger power supply, etc--the usual upgrades, I guess.
I run this thing 24x7 with Linux Mint as the base OS, with a number of Virtualbox virtual machines. It still handles everything I throw at it, even after all these years. Other than downtime for the hardware upgrades I've mentioned, this box has been running continuously since it was new.
Cons: None.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SUPERMICRO SSD-DM016-PHI SATA DOM (SuperDOM) Solutions
Pros: Fast, sexy
Other Thoughts: FreeNAS 9.3 uses ZFS by default for boot devices. Since there was going to be more reads/writes I wanted something faster than your typical USB thumbdrive and hopefully more reliable. I upgraded by doing the 18.104.22.168 upgrade on my USB drive, saving the config, installing 9.3 on the SATA DOM, then uploading the config. The web interface is much snappier than it ever was under FreeNAS 8.3 or any of the 9.x series, but since I upgraded the version at the same time it could be that the new version is responsible for some of the performance increase.
As of 9.3, it is possible to create mirrored boot volumes. If I didn't care as much about performance, I would create a mirrored ZFS boot volume using 2 8gb or 16gb thumb drives. I have a couple of 36-drive Supermicro E1R36 boxes at work, and I will absolutely be going that route when I upgrade them to 9.3.
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-V354B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Pros: Room for 7 drives.
Cons: Not hot-swappable.
Side panel attached w/tiny screws.
Other Thoughts: Most of the smaller systems available either are limited in terms of memory or cpu, or only hold four drives or less. I wanted a uATX case with enough room to hold six drives so I could run a six-drive ZFS RAIDZ2 array. It's perfect for that, although if a drive tips over I'm going to have to pull the case apart to get at it. Not knocking Lian-Li for that. I knew what I was getting when I bought it.
However if Lian-Li or Fractal Design built a decent 6-drive uATX hot-swappable enclosure at a reasonable price I would buy it right now.
LIAN LI PC-V354B Black Aluminum MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL-F-O LGA 1155 Intel C202 Micro ATX
Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz
Kingston 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600
TOSHIBA DT01ACA300 (6 x 3TB) 7200 RPM drives
Antec Earthwatts 500w power supply