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    MikroTik S+RJ10 Review Convert SFP+ to 10Gbase-T Inexpensively

    Anyone know if these will work in those cheap Aruba S2500 switches?
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    8TB Easystore USB HDDs @ BestBuy/eBay $120

    Not an issue for me, I'm in Southern California. There's return locations for me at every corner haha!
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    8TB Easystore USB HDDs @ BestBuy/eBay $120

    Wow, busy holidays! Hope everyone in the States had a great Thanksgiving! To answer the question, no I'm not shucking. I'm actually using the drive as is plugged into my home workstation. It's been a great veeam backup location and has all my proxmox vms backed up nicely so far. I did an...
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    8TB Easystore USB HDDs @ BestBuy/eBay $120

    Got my drive yesterday, opened it up and was surprised to hear a tictak (little plastic tab) bouncing around inside. With a little dread, I plugged it into my workstation and did a basic scan on it to made sure everything was okay. No bad sectors, drive works, 100% good (whew!). Set up Veeam...
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    8TB Easystore USB HDDs @ BestBuy/eBay $120

    In for one, free shipping next day :D I've been needing a backup device to move my VMs off my single Proxmox host. Going to configure that host as a FreeNAS box and run iscsi to compute nodes without local storage.
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    MikroTik CRS312-4C+8XG-RM 12-Port 10GbE Switch Review

    Looking at the pictures, those are standard form factor fans and connectors. AKA, with a little ingenuity it could be MUCH quieter. Of course, if it's a super hot set of chips on that board, it might be better to just use what's there.... I'll wait for one of you brave souls to give it a shot...
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    Configure Your Own Jellyfish Fryer All-Flash NAS

    The whole idea of direct attached shared storage via FreeNAS is laughable. That's kinda taking FreeNAS and removing the NAS part.... Like Patrick said, just add a freaking switch! The cost of going from individual 40Gb -> Thunderbolt Direct Attached will cost so much more when scaling past a...
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    Supermicro AS-E301-9D-8CN4 Review Embedded EPYC Appliance

    These could be used for several different network appliances. Video/Surveillance and Audio/VoIP for (really) remote locations. The CPU allows the ability to transcode and compress on the fly. 4 SATA SSD speed would be acceptable for that.
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    Supermicro BigTwin E1.S EDSFF Edition Launched

    Any sign of a winning form factor coming through? So far we've got 4-5 different forms of tapping into NVMe in the datacenter. It's a bit confusing, and honestly just keeping this technology back when it needs to move forward. The positives seem to be a no brainer, and with AMD EPYC and PCIe...
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    AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Navi and 16C Ryzen 3950X Launches at E3

    I'm loving the core counts, but still a little upset that the memory isn't moving up like they should be. Only recently, to my knowledge, has Intel officially supported 128GB in 4 DIMMs. But, those 32GB sticks are still elusive outside of RDIMM... We want more memory!! All the Chrome Tabs!
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    Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q Tiny Compact PC Review

    Do to past experiences with these Micro Form Factor (MFF) PCs, from all brands, my advise is to stay far away from extended usage or intensive tasks, AKA Server. I've seen countless of these devices come in and have warranty work done because of failed motherboard, and never have I seen a...
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    And so it begins... First AMD Ryzen AM4 server motherboard.

    I think you're all arguing apples and oranges. This is targeted at replacing aging entry level compute/storage servers. Read SMB (nowhere near enterprise). EPYC/Ryzen embedded is embedded, which is a whole other ballgame for use cases and taget market. The price tags alone will tell that...
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    And so it begins... First AMD Ryzen AM4 server motherboard.

    This would hit where the Epyc 3000 leaves us in a rut: form factor with available expansion. This thing would be the swiss army knife of homelab/smb as long as it's memory is on par with Epyc 3000. Heres another vote for some STH review love!
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    And so it begins... First AMD Ryzen AM4 server motherboard.

    I'll wait until someone else is brave enough to test with >16GB dimms, if it can fit 4 32GB then it's a no brainer for my homelab.
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    Kingston A400 120GB SATA $17.99 shipped

    Update: Got my drive, cloned my OS directly to it and popped it in my little Lenovo Ideapad 330 (The AMD Ryzen 3 version, the CPU is kinda cute) I'll say it's made a slug of a freebie laptop into something enjoyable. The poor CPU can't keep up at boot, both cores peg at 100% and disk around...
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    Kingston A400 120GB SATA $17.99 shipped

    Thanks for the heads up, went ahead and bought a 240GB for $30 to replace my school laptops drive. Nothing write intensive as most work on that system is done via the browser in the "cloud"
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    Solarflare dual 10Gb SFP+

    Do the Solarflare cards play nice with other cards? For instance, if I wanted to use one of these on one end and an intel X520-DA2 on the other will it work? Does it even matter?
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    Seagate IronWolf 110 3.84TB SATA SSD for NAS Applications

    I don't understand these... If they don't have super aggressive pricing they won't sell very many at their targeted market: soho/smb. Larger enterprises won't purchase these either as they can afford the price economy of tiered NVMe and bulk cheap storage.
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    eBay: 10% Off EVERYTHING! code PICKUPTEN. Ends 8AM EST Friday 10/26

    Got excited Monday when Newegg had a $20 off a monitor I wanted, but they sold out same day. Saw this and looked on the bay. Same monitor, and original price, $24 off after coupon. Decent 2k screen for $240 all said, I'll take it! Muahaha
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    Microsoft HGX-1 at the AI Hardware Summit

    Thanks for the reply Patrick. I think I just needed a sanity check for why this even exists. I can see a software driven SAN-like gpgpu system with a separate fabric, redundent heads, switches, etc being pretty cool. In fact somethimg like that would be killer for all kinds of workloads...