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jazzerjay

I think he's been in cahoots with Diehard with all of this rigging up of cables and such. (Great job BTW!)

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Joe_Miner

Thanks guys!

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jmwills

How many NIC cards are in that box?

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jazzerjay

One on board, but Joe_Miner has a picture of a dual NIC that he installed in there as well.

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jmwills

Okay. I read posts of people installing RAID Cards.....where are they making the connections?

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Ode

Okay. I read posts of people installing RAID Cards.....where are they making the connections?

 

Not sure if i understood your question correctly but, i threw an ibm m1015 (flashed to 9211-8i) into the n40l.

 

Had to disassemble part of the n40l to hook everything up:

Disconnected cabling, removed the mobo

Unscrewed the psu to reroute the stock sas2sata cable

And Inserted the card into pcie1.

 

So far its running fine on windows server 2008 r2 ent, 2x2tb in raid1, 2x1tb in raid 0, stock 250g hdd for os, 16gb ram. On moderate load i measured ~73w.

Havent done much benchmarking yet, but found this thread when searching for any "significant performance benefits in installing an ssd into the n40l"

 

Hope this helps jmwillis

 

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Joe_Miner

Not sure if i understood your question correctly but, i threw an ibm m1015 (flashed to 9211-8i) into the n40l.

 

Had to disassemble part of the n40l to hook everything up:

Disconnected cabling, removed the mobo

Unscrewed the psu to reroute the stock sas2sata cable

And Inserted the card into pcie1.

 

So far its running fine on windows server 2008 r2 ent, 2x2tb in raid1, 2x1tb in raid 0, stock 250g hdd for os, 16gb ram. On moderate load i measured ~73w.

Havent done much benchmarking yet, but found this thread when searching for any "significant performance benefits in installing an ssd into the n40l"

 

Hope this helps jmwillis

 

Nice setup. How long has this been in service?

 

Thanks for sharing.

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Ode

This was my weekend project... Uptime is only a little over 48hrs i'm afraid.

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Joe_Miner

Recently got a N54L and one of the things I had been wanting to try in the MicroServer was the RocketRAID 2720 card --

 

Just for fun I put 2 Crucial M4's in RAID0 and the performance, as I expected, is simply amazing!  This is consistent with what NoControl did in Crucial Crucible -- SSD Testing but it sure was fun to run the test myself!!

 

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And here's the performance of 2 of the HP/Seagate Stock 250GB drives (one comes standard in a N40L or N54L) in RAID0 on a RR2720.  Nice performance IMHO!

 

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ikon

Nice lookin' numbers there JM.

 

Ya know, every time I see things like this, I think back to what performance was like only a few years ago - so much better today. Then, I think, what will it be like in another few years. Can you imagine a day when we look at numbers like this and wonder what's wrong with the system; why is the performance so low? :)

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