Llano or keep the i3/H55?
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The SDM R4 is SOLD OUT!
The SDM R4 is a bracket that facilitates mounting two additional 2.5″ drives in a HP MicroServer Gen8. There are also mounting holes for fans across the bottom to help cool RAID/SATA cards. The kit includes all the fasteners needed to install.
With optional Stackers you can run four 2.5″ drives on the SDM R4. The SDM R4 will support four 9.5MM 2.5″ drives. If you want to run four drives on the SDM R4, you need to order SSB stacking brackets listed below. One set of SSB per drive pair, four drives will require two SSB kits. Because of the size of the SDM R4, if you are going to boot your server using the internal USB port, you will need to use a USB stick that is shorter than 1″. For more information on mounting instructions look here: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-revision-history-new-rev-35-and-rev-4-info/?p=137922
The SDM R3.5 is in stock and ready to ship!
The SDM R3.5 is a bracket that facilitates mounting one additional 2.5″ drive in a HP MicroServer Gen8. The kit includes all the fasteners needed to install.
With optional Stackers you can run two 2.5″ drives on the SDM R3.5. The SDM R3.5 will support two 9.5MM 2.5″ drives. If you want to run two drives on the SDM R3.5, you need to order SSB stacking brackets listed below. One set of SSB per drive pair. For more information on mounting instructions look here: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-revision-history-new-rev-35-and-rev-4-info/?p=137922
SSB-9.5 for 9.5mm drives $10
Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets can be used to stack two 2.5” drives. All screws are included
SSB-7 for 7mm drives $10
SOC-MSG8-R1 kit for 9.5mm optical drives to latch it in place. Screws included $9.
The SDM R4 is SOLD OUT!
I've been posting about this motherboard for a while now. My research project with this board is now complete! I have 8 GPU's running on it; Two via M.2 adapters and 6 via PCI Extenders. Video out to monitor is also routed via the onboard GPU. Here is the original post.
I was able to get 7 NVIDIA cards running via this original rig. I can happily say that I'm running 8 AMD Radeon cards on my second attempt. My guess is that I would have been able to get the 8th card up and running on this original build had I given it more effort. I tried once and a lot of the cards dropped off so I backed out and got it back up and running. I think in my install I nudged a few PCIE extenders and should have just reseat them all and tried again. The M.2 adapters can also be touchy and it sometimes takes several attempts to get them to see the GPU. I sold that rig so cannot try it again.
I liked the motherboard so much and it is at such a good price point I bought another one. I also loaded up on RX550 cards in order to do a "CryptoNight Mining Rig" build.
Motherboard - The ASROck Z270 LGA 1151 - https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157746&Tpk=N82E16813157746 Here is why. Six PCIE slots. Two M.2 Slots. This allows a total of 8 GPU's. It also will do onboard video so the GPU does nothing but mine.
Stick O' Ram * 2 - https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313741&Tpk=N82E16820313741
Cheapest CPU you can find - https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1K66RA3156&ignorebbr=1 The box is going to be a GPU miner, not a CPU beast.
PCIE Risers - https://amzn.to/2GcDvBG
Now, the secret sauce. http://amzn.to/2EVMx5j This little jewel will convert your M.2 slot into a PCIE slot. You still need the riser board though. When you populate the M.2 slot it will also consume a SATA connector. Not physically so check your motherboard manual.
Other Small Parts
Power Switch / Reset Switch - http://amzn.to/2riG0zJ
I already have this for the power supply - CRJ 24-Pin ATX Red LED Power On/Off Switch Jumper Bridge Cable, Black Sleeved 22" - http://amzn.to/2Dh9XBA
You can also use this - http://amzn.to/2DglvFd - to link your two power supplies together and they will turn on at the same time.
I enjoy building the frames and did another custom build. I took a lot of time with a tape measure and the gear plus the cable lengths. I wanted to center a motherboard between two power supplies and have two racks of cards. I also wanted it wide enough in case I switched to a B250 board that would run more than 8 GPU's.
I gave it a coat of flat black paint. I took a little extra time with it and covered nail gun holes and wood flaws, sanded, then painted. Some screws are still visible because I couldn't find my counter-sink bit! I also thought I was being cool by using some hickory we had left over from a flooring install. It's so freaking hard of a wood that it was tough to work with! I won't do that again but this rig has some very sturdy cross members! My only oops is I have twice neglected the SSD mount. I don't have a real custom way to mount it. Lastly, I put in a swivel board on each end to hold in the power supply. You will see that in another photo.
I still follow my own advice on Windows 10 Prep.
Read this post, do the steps. I have also learned to install TeamViewer right after Windows Loads. Don't wait!
The lowly AMD Radeon RX 550 with 2Gb of onboard VRAM. Who in their right mind with mine with one of these cards?
I like the RX 550 2Gb card. I personally like the Gigabyte version. They don't require external power and I've found them to have decent VRAM in which to mod the bios and overclock. I've purchased them new anywhere from $95 to $130. The produce around 420 H/s on XMR-Stak and more with aggressive overcloccking.
They also sip the power. Here i have the rig of 8 on a single 750 watt power supply even though I have two power supplies loaded up on the rig. One thing I have also learned is that you don't have to apply power to the 4 pin plug on the M.2 adapter. Powering the riser is enough.
That's the rig.
You can see the while M.2 adapters in there somewhere!
Here is a beautiful picture. 8 GPU's in Device Manager.
Photos or it didn't happen. Above is XMR-Stak detecting the GPU's.
Here are the threads, two each per card.
Another pretty sight.
They are not Vega's. They don't hash like a Vega but they don't cost like a Vega. Not a bad rig. Cost per hash is much lower than many other AMD cards on the market. Do the math for yourself if you are curious. Hit me with questions.
Hi everyone my first post,
Haven't built a new HTPC in 10 years here is my list we have just built a new house and i have a 90u rack in the utility room.
I intend to use the rig to play Kodi on the main living room big screen linked via HDMI look after the 5 security cameras with blue iris and use windows 10 storage spaces to pool 4 x 3 terabyte drives and do some and bitcoin mining.
Intel Core I5-7500
Gigabyte Intel GA-H270-HD3 LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard
HyperX 8GB (2x4GB) 2400MHz DDR4 Non-ECC CL15 1.2V Memory
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 WINDFORCE OC (8GB) Graphics Card PCI Express 3.0
alos need a case i have been looking at these 2
anyone got any thoughts on this?
Panos Panay just wowed the Microsoft crowd with two incredible hardware reveals. The first was the SurfaceBook i7 with a whopping 16 hours of battery life. The second was Surface Studio. I dare you to call it an "All in One" after today.
I'll be chatting about all this gear on my new podcast, RESET. Find it here: mccabe.io
The specs of Studio are impressive but visually it is stunning. It has 28" of wow that can be manipulated to however you prefer to create.
Screen: 28" PixelSense Display
Resolution: 4500 x 3000 (192 DPI)
Color settings: Adobe sRGB, DCI-P3 and Vivid Color Profiles, Individually color calibrated
Touch: 10-point multi-touch
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Zero Gravity Hinge
Quad-core 6th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GPU GDDR5 memory or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB GPU GDDR5 memory
It looks like a creative persons dream machine. Apple picked a bad week to follow Microsoft when it comes to hardware reveals. I personally would like to try the Studio and Dial with some video editing software. I think it will be great for that.
Look at the Microsoft Store online for more photos. It really is a nice looking Surface. Link Here.
The Surface Book is plain and simple; More. More graphics and more battery. It's a little heavier and starts at 3.6 pounds where last year's Surface Book was 3.3 pounds. Maybe it's the new 6th Gen Intel Core i7 or the i7: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. That's nice but Panos stated they just put in more battery! It's nice to see that. Adds a little weight but for those that want the battery life it's a welcome change.
The Dial is impressive. It's compatible with any Windows 10 enabled PC, laptop, or tablet as long as it has the Anniversary Update. Don't try this with your Surface Pro but it will stick to the screen of the Surface Studio! It will have optimized off screen compatibility with Surface Book and SP4.
It's a jog dial on steroids and Panos and software partners demo'd many uses of it. Color wheel, zoom in, etc. It's $99 and can be purchased now for delivery on November 10th.
Thanks for shopping with my links. Maybe I can get one too!