Motherboard Recommendation

  • I am looking to build a new NAS server and expand my storage capabilities dramatically. Currently I have two NAS boxes with a total of 12 drives and I am looking to consolidate down to a single box.
    I have played with SATA PCI cards before to get me the capacity I need but had issues.
    My plan is to have an array of 8 4Tb drives in Raid 6 software. The plan is to only use the system for NAS.


    The ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server appears to fit my requirements with the right number of SATA ports. I have a few questions:


    Is the performance of the Atom up to the task?
    Is there any issue with the Marvell SATA in Openmediavault, apparently FreeNAS has problems with Marvell.


    Any other motherboard choices worth looking at: I do have a Xeon 1230 V2 that I could use if need be.

  • There are plenty of people using that board on this forum. What are you going to use it for? Are you looking for energy efficiency?

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  • There are plenty of people using that board on this forum. What are you going to use it for? Are you looking for energy efficiency?


    My plan is to use it a NAS server, Raid 6, approximately 30TB. I would like something that can handle a relatively high workload. It is also likely that I would put my Owncloud Server on there as well. Energy efficiency would be good but it is not a priority. My only concern with using the Xeon 1230 is that it would be complete overkill for the purpose. Although given that I am looking at Raid 6 I am guessing that this may not be the case.


    If it isnt complete overkill I will keep it as an option. Are there any good motherboard choices that work with the Xeon 1230? I would like to have the right number of SATA ports (at least 10) as I have had too many issues with PCI SATA controller cards. It was my question over finding a decent motherboard with the right number of SATA ports that had me run into the ASRock C2550D4I in the first place.

  • I think the c2550 would work just fine and be energy efficient.


    I use a Xeon 1220 v2 in my home server in an ASRock H77 Pro4-M board with an LSI 9211-8i sata controller. It will handle anything I can throw at it while running a couple of VMs.


    I maintain a Xeon 1245 v3 in a school (200 people) NAS in a Supermicro X10SL7-F. Awesome board and has no issues with 200 people running two VMs.


    So, just depends on your budget and energy desires. The Supermicro board has all the ports (onboard LSI controller) you want, flawless remote control, and you have the xeon... Hard to pass it up.

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  • Agree it is hard to pass up having a Xeon on hand. I am going to try going down this path.


    Big shame the Supermicro board is 1150 socket while the Xeon V2 is 1155.


    It is one of the problems that I have, not as many motherboards that fit my criteria. Should clarify my existing motherboard potentially has issues.
    The closest I managed to find is the ASRock C216 WS ATX with 10 SATA Ports.


    Looked at the LSI controller, not as suitable for me as I am planning on RAID 6 for extra redundancy.


    I am also considering getting a Supermicro board with a Supermicro Sata card (SUPERMICRO
    AOC-SAS2LP-MV8 PCI-Express 2.0 x8 SATA / SAS 8-Port Controller Card). Maybe my mistake with SATA cards was going too cheap and not server class.

  • Oops. Forgot about the socket change between v2 and v3.


    I have my LSI controller in IT mode running 8 drive mdadm software raid 5. So, raid 6 would be no problem either.

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  • Oops. Forgot about the socket change between v2 and v3.


    I have my LSI controller in IT mode running 8 drive mdadm software raid 5. So, raid 6 would be no problem either.


    Hanging around here is dangerous to the wallet. ;)


    Option 1.) ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX
    $325
    Option 2.) ASRock C216 WS ATX
    $209
    Option 3.) Supermicro X10SL7-F $290
    Xeon 1230 V3 $240
    $530
    Option 4.) Supermicro X9SAE-V $250
    LSI 9211-8i $299
    $550


    I am so tempted to go with option 3.) the reviews on the Supermicro X10SL7-F motherboard are great and having all the SATA ports on board is a tempting deal. Starting to become more like a new build but I think it will be a solid system.


  • Hanging around here is dangerous to the wallet. ;)


    3 is a great option if your wallet allows it :) The one I built is running flawless after a year and a half.


    4 would cost even more because you would need the two 1-to-4 cables for the card.

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  • 3 is a great option if your wallet allows it :) The one I built is running flawless after a year and a half.


    4 would cost even more because you would need the two 1-to-4 cables for the card.


    Excellent will go with option 3.


    Doing some final tinkering with OpenMediaVault on my test system. Still performs pretty well on 8yr old hardware although owncloud struggles severely. The Xeon will chime. I didnt realize that it had a virtualbox addon. Very very cool. :)


    I have never used RAID before so wanted to be sure that I could recover it if a drive failed. Created a RAID 6 array. Pulled a drive and formatted it and put it in. Hit the recover button and all is working perfectly.


    Next up I am going to reinstall the OS and see if I can recover the RAID array.


    Yes the testing may be overkill, but my main system runs all on encrypted drives and I want to be sure all of the recovery tools work the same on encrypted drives.


    Excited for the new hardware.

  • Well got through both tests unscathed and recovery was an absolute breeze.


    Only downside that I have at the moment is that I am having a lot of trouble with the owncloud plugn (mysql seems like a pain to install)
    Given my hardware running it as a virtual machine should work and be relatively fast?
    Another potential option is to run Openmediavault on a debian install.


    Another question on the motherboard, can I plug my SATA hdd into the SAS port?

  • Well thought id post back on my experience.


    The system is complete overkill but I love it. :)
    Supermicro X10-SL7
    Xeon 1231 v3
    16Gb ECC RAM
    240Gb Intel SSD
    650W power supply
    Running Raid 6 array 6 drives 4Tb each
    Plus another 4 drives
    All drives encrypted so it does place additional strain on the system.


    I run owncloud, media server and torrents. Handles the entire thing without even breaking a sweat. I really like the motherboard and it had no issues detecting the drives in the SAS ports. My local computer store does install the CPU and update the bios so that may have helped. I discovered IPMI and I had no idea how amazing it was. My server is in the basement and is headless so the ability to reboot without physical access to the machine is a huge bonus. It does not win any speed bonuses on the booting process but not really an issue on a system that once setup is likely to get rebooted every 3 months.


    Thanks for the recommendation.

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