[clug-talk] OT: Help me pick my hardware

Dan Graham grahadan at gmail.com
Sun Mar 25 17:30:25 PDT 2012


Hi Royce,

I recently acquired one of these: It has dual gig Ethernet (Intel) an IPMI
port for remote headless access, etc. For $179 it is just amazing. I put a
Sandy Bridge quad core Xeon on it for $240 and run a number of KVM VMs on
it and it just flies. CPU power consumption maxes out at 80 Watts, and
idles at 20 or less. You could do far worse than this one.
All the best, Dan

Mainboard:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182262&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_-

Xeon CPU:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115083&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_-


On Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM, Jamie Furtner <jamie at furtner.ca> wrote:

> On 2012-03-25 8:52 AM, Royce Souther wrote:
>
>> I am trying to put together a file server and trying to get as many SATA
>> ports as I can. I found a motherboard I like but it only has 6 SATA ports.
>> It also has PCI-Ex8 and PCI-Ex16 slots. I want to add a SATA card.
>> Supermicro makes an 8 port SATA card that is PCI-Ex4.
>>
>> Can I use a PCI-Ex4 cards in a PCI-Ex8 or PCI-Ex16 slot? If so then I can
>> have 22 SATA drives in this box.
>>
>>  Yes, you can use a card that uses a smaller number of PCIe channels in a
> larger slot - the reverse is not true of course. The card won't be any
> faster than if it were plugged into its native slot but it works correctly.
>
> This means you can use a x1 card in a x1, x4, x8 or x16 slot, a x4 card in
> a x4, x8, or x16 slot and so forth.
>
> Jamie
>
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