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What about building WHS2011 box with Z68 Motherboard (like ASUS P8Z68-V PRO) at $300, with Intel Core i7-2600S (65 watts) $300?

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Ah, then there was this teaser, for a new SSD cache form factor coming in June...

http://www.techpowerup.com/145639/Gigabyte-Readies-mSATA-Equipped-Z68-Motherboards-Bait-mSATA-Larson-Creek-SSD-Modules.html

but I have an small older SSD that'd probably work nicely for this caching (64GB of whatever SSD size you insert is the max size it utilizes to cache your drives)

None of the new Gigabyte models coming next month have integrated graphics:

http://www.gigabyte.com/microsite/279/images/mb-z68-models.html

and can't do SRT with ESXi (since it's a Windows software solution), so won't need to worry about waiting for those Gigabyte models.

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No network driver for the Broadcom BCM57781 in the Asrock, but there is an Intel 82579 driver for the Asus here:

http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/customize_oem_tgz.php

(unsupported by VMware, and not on the HCL, so not recommended, but still interesting)

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ASUS P8Z68-V PRO user reviews starting to show up:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-131-730&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo'

 

Next interesting ASUS Z68 motherboard is called the ASUS ROG Maximus IV EXTREME-Z, but I suspect it'll burn more watts, and given I'm not an overclocking or SLI guy for either of my intended PCs I'm building (ESXi and Gaming), seems the P8Z68 V-PRO could be a better choice for me, as far as ASUS brand anyway.

 

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/42933-asus-p8z68-v-pro-z68-sandy-bridge-motherboard-review.html

 

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=30361

 

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Asus-Officially-Announces-the-Maximus-IV-Gene-Z-Intel-Z68-Motherboard-199636.shtml

 

On a related note:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Gigabyte-MSI-ASUS-and-ASRock-to-Sell-400-000-Z68-Mainboards-This-Month-199813.shtml

seems Gigabyte is the biggest brand by far.

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This thread has turned into your own personal blog. laugh.gif

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Intel SSD Caching Feature for Z68 Chipset Explored

Read more: http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-ssd-caching-feature-for-z68-chipset-explored/11953.html#ixzz1NO21wtfBhttp://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-ssd-caching-feature-for-z68-chipset-explored/11953.html

 

Interesting to note that 64GB is the maximum size it'll use for cache (the leftover can be used for normal single disk storage), and you cannot have TRIM support for SSDs that are in a RAID volume, so that would seem to make SSDs with automatic garbage collection more appealing if you want more consistent performance over the lifetime of the array.

 

Here's such a drive, $109 after rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139412

 

The 64GB version has no rebate, so it's $144:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139407&cm_re=SSDNow_V%2b100-_-20-139-407-_-Product

 

I plan to have some first-hand tests of Adaptec maxCache on the 2405Q versus Intel RST soon: I will post a link to those results here, when I emerge from my lab...

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Interesting to note that 64GB is the maximum size it'll use for cache (the leftover can be used for normal single disk storage), and you cannot have TRIM support for SSDs that are in a RAID volume, so that would seem to make SSDs with automatic garbage collection more appealing if you want more consistent performance over the lifetime of the array.

 

 

Are you indicating this board won't support trim with SSD's in RAID? I have two SSD's in RAID0 on the Asus Sabertooth board and trim is running according to the command line check.

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Are you indicating this board won't support trim with SSD's in RAID? I have two SSD's in RAID0 on the Asus Sabertooth board and trim is running according to the command line check.

Better late than never (answering your question 3 months late)!

 

Sorry I wasn't clearer ImTheTypeOfGuy, what I should have stated is that with RAID controllers, I believe there would be no TRIM support, read more here:

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?76349-Windows-Server-Supported-RAID-1-Redundancy

but at least I would get automatic garbage collection with the Kingston SSDNow V+100 SSD's build in garbage collection feature (speed restoration).

 

I've witnessed the effects of lack of TRIM and Garbage Collection support first hand, on my first generation Intel X-25M SSD (which the Intel Toolset doesn't work on, nor does native Windows TRIM). I use it on my laptop and love it, but I have to restore from WHS backup every 2-3 months to regain performance.

 

So, back to my last post in May. I referred to my plans to do some Z68 and RAID testing. Well, as promised, I've emerged from my lab! And finally ready to begin to share my results of testing RAID and Z68 motherboards.

 

Here's some initial results of that work, now posted here:

http://tinkertry.com/vzilla

http://tinkertry.com/vmdirectpath

http://tinkertry.com/asrock-fatal1ty-z68-professional-gen3likesanddislike/

but I also plan to have RAID details (drive layout, more photos) documented soon, as well more videos about RAID configuration and tests. Only recently settled upon the right motherboard for my needs, so now I can move forward with finalizing the build (although vSphere/ESXi 5's ability to handle >2TB RAID array might be worth the wait, so I wouldn't have to reshuffle data later).

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