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16-Bay Build 2021

Is it really 3 years since I thought about this problem? I blame the pandemic!


My latest thoughts have turned to the ASUS ProArt B550 Creator motherboard because it combines:

-          Ryzen processor

-          2x2.5GBE networking (10GBE would have been better)

-          2xThunderBolt 4 ports


For the CPU I’d like either a Ryzen 5700G (65W), or ideally a 5700GE (35W), when they become available.

AMD Ryzen™ Desktop Processors with AMD Radeon™ Graphics | AMD

AMD Ryzen 5700G could let you build a console-like gaming PC without needing a GPU | TechRadar

The CPU must include graphics to avoid using a PCI slot and, since this is a storage build, the lower the electrical power the better – in the footsteps of the AMD processors for the early HP Microservers.


Windows (10/11?) Pro will run on a 128GB NVME drive in the first M.2 slot.


The four onboard SATA connectors will be used for a RAID 0 array of SSD’s, say 500GB, as a 2TB cache area.


The two main PCI slots (x8+x8) will each have an 8-port SATA HBA:

LSI SAS 9207-8i KIT 8-Port 6Gbps SATA+SAS PCI-E 3.0 HBA Kit: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories


The case will be the new Fractal Design 7 XL:

Define 7 XL — Fractal Design (fractal-design.com)


Say 2x8GB dual channel 3200 RAM, power supply, fans … and lots of cables!


The finished server should take all 16 HDD’s from my four HP Microservers ... well, that's the theory anyway.

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