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    What performance sacrificed by running VMware vSphere

    What performance do I sacrifice by running VMware vSphere (or other virtualization solution)? I don't know much about "bare metal" and all the offerings. Sounds ideal to have one super machine hosting other machines. I want one of the virtual machines to be my main workhorse, and several...
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    Should I build a NUC HTPC?

    My plan is to have a capable media server (i.e. Plex Media Server) in the backroom, and stream video to Plex Media Player to a device connected to my TV. For the player device at the TV, I'm thinking of building a compact and silent device, and came across Intel NUC. I also want the ability to...
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    Need fan? (Supermicro C3000)

    I'm looking at the Supermicro C3000 motherboard/processor series, and many do not come with a CPU fan, just a CPU heatsink. The models without the fan, do they require a chassis fan? Or do these models not produce the heat, therefore the heatsink is all that is needed? Thanks.
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    Motherboard/CPU for SnapRAID

    What are some motherboard/CPU options for SnapRAID that don't exceed the requirements to the point of wasting money? My only requirements are: Support for up to 8 drives ECC Thanks.
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    Fanless PSU

    Are there concerns about running a fanless PSU? Or does a fanless PSU depend on chasis fans? The server will be in the office, and would prefer less noise. The workload will mostly be from Intel Kaby Lake CPU and 8 x 5400 RPM drives.
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    RPM's 5400 vs 7200 (Heat, Noise, Reliability)

    I'm considering Western Digital RED 5400 RPM and Seagate Wolf 7200 RPM drives for my media server NAS with will stream over a wired network to my TV. I will install eventually a maximum of 8 drives. In regards to the RPM's of 5400 vs. 7200: Is there a heat difference I should consider? Is...
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    Memory: Rank and Registered/Unbuffered

    What is is the recommended memory configuration with the following requirements: System board: Supermicro X10SDV-4C-7TP4F Processor: Intel® Xeon® processor D-1518 The system board supports DDR4, 4 slots, dual rank, 4x data width. Purchasing 32GB, and potential for 64GB in future. I want...
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    6TB Helium Drive Availability?

    Any guesses why and when we'll see 6TB helium drives for our NAS's? Helium drives have been out for a while...and I don't understand why there's such a long delay. Thanks, Jake
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    Differentiating NAS Hard Drives?

    When considering hard drives for a home NAS, what features should be considered that differentiate Western Digital Red, Seagate Enterprise NAS, and Hitachi Deskstar NAS? Planning for up to 8 drives. Mostly for video media, photos, and small data files. 24x7 availability. Light home usage...
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    Supermicro Flex ATX?

    When it comes to matching the motherboard form factor to a case form factor, what should I know about Supermicro's Flex ATX form factor? I'm considering the Fractal Design Refine R5 (ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX form factor compatibility). Thanks.
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    When should a CPU have a fan (D-1500)?

    When should a CPU have a fan? I'm looking at the Supermicro D-1500 series (X10SDV-4C-7TP4F), and this motherboard is not offered with a fan. Is the TDP so low and being soldered, that fans aren't necessary?
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    Memory: RDIMM vs UDIMM?

    When would someone want RDIMM (registered/buffered) or UDIMM (unregistered/unbuffered) memory RAM? The SuperMicro D-1500 series motherbaords offer both RDIMM/UDIMM options. At most I plan on 32-64 GB. Speed? Reliability? Other attribute to consider? Thanks.
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    Recommended GPU?

    I'm considering building a Intel XeonE5-16XX v4 workstation. Intel didn't include a graphics processor. No gaming. What is the recommended graphics processor equivalent to Intel's GPU ?
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    Where is the Xeon E5-1600 v4?

    CPU World has on the calendar that Intel is releasing the Xeon E5-1600 v4 2016 Q1. Where is it? Is there a new update?
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    Intel Workstation Processor?

    When is Intel going to produce a true workstation processor, paired with equally optimized motherboards? I need ECC memory support, but the Xeon's appear to be more towards servers, and same with the motherboards. What I want is a desktop motherboard + Xeon for lots of SATA ports, ECC...
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    Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 Cooling?

    What is the recommended CPU cooler for the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 / socket 2011? Low noise is important to me. Not overclocking. I might be going dual processors in the future too.
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    Supermicro X11SAE M.2 attachment?

    How does a M.2 drive attach to the Supermicro X11SAE/F M.2 socket? Does the drive attach directly to the motherboard like the Asus and Gigabyte? Or does the drive attach off the board, connected by a cable? If connected off the board, where do you put it? Photos? Thanks in advance, Jake
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    Are drives on multiple controllers better than one?

    I want to have 8 SATA drives, software RAID. Some motherboards have 1 controller with 8 ports, some have 2 controllers from different manufacturers for 4x4 ports, or the other option of 1 motherboard controller + LSI SAS/SATA. All of these choices support at least 8 drives. Is it better to...
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    Gigabyte MW31-SP0: Why two SATA controllers?

    Why did Gigabyte use two SATA drive controllers Intel + Marvell for a total of 8x SATA ports? Why not simply use the Intel C236 chipset 8x ports? Does having separate SATA controllers offer advantages/disadvantages? Ref: Gigabyte MW31-SP0 Thanks, Jake
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    Skylake Xeon, why not better graphics?

    Why didn't the new Intel Skylake Xeon E3-1200 v5 LGA series get better graphics? I see they have Intel's HD Graphics P530 (GT2), but why not GT3 or GT4?