Fujitsu TX1320 M3 - Cheap low power server (barebone)

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Since this thread has evolved from me looking for caddies to discussing the box itself we had it moved to this subforum.
The old content is below and the first couple of posts and stays for consistency.

The server is available as barebone for €29 shipped (within Germany likely only) here Fujitsu Primergy TX1320 M3 Barebone Systemboard D3373-B12 GS 3 mit CPU Kühler/NT | eBay



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does anyone happen to have a bunch of Fujitsu 2.5" caddies to spare?
I can buy them for €4-10 on Ebay but If someone happens to have some they don't need...;)
I can use 4-20 of them since I bought 5 boxes (for a low powered vsan cluster, not really feeling comfy with a single beefy box running of TrueNas)

Happy to trade for my un-needed caddies o/c...not even sure what some of those are though
Those should be HPE, got 6 of them
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Sun I think, a single one
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No idea, but I got 10+
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Also no idea, got 2 (those are 3.5")
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Out of curiosity - what servers did you buy that you categorize as "low powered"?
Since I want to build a low powered ceph cluster - but have struggled with finding the right machines
 
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Actually I mixed those pics up (now corrected). Purple is indeed HPE, the green one I dont know

Low Power Xeon E3's - Fujitsu TX1320 M3's ... cheap as dirt (30 bucks shipped, no cpu, no mem) and sub 20W possible apparently (according to Home - Hardwareluxx). Not in my config I guess (CX3 +2 NVME's), but I hope to end at 200W for 4 instead of 150W for 1
 
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Low Power Xeon E3's - Fujitsu TX1320 M3's ... cheap as dirt (30 bucks shipped, no cpu, no mem) and sub 20W possible apparently (according to Home - Hardwareluxx). Not in my config I guess (CX3 +2 NVME's), but I hope to end at 200W for 4 instead of 150W for 1
Hmm - so ecc udimms - I am not so keen on that - I have bad experience with RAM !=RDIMM/LRDIMM.
But its worth investigating - thanks.

Also with the current power cost - being power saving=Money in the bank :-D

Damnit - 29 EUR+25EUR shipping - and then CPU+RAM+NIC+Caddies on top of that. But still a very cheap barebones - I think I will send them a message asking for a quote for everything for a single server, i.e. CPU/RAM/caddies - and if that turns out to be okay, then I will probably buy 3-5 and make a ceph cluster based on that - and add a dual 10gbps nic, then you have a 10gbp ceph backbone and a public 10gbps network - which should be good enough for "home usage"
 
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Well o/c rdimms would be nicer, but thats not low power unfortunately... well maybe it can be with Xeon-D, but you pay a whole lot more and get lots of slow cores which is not what I need
 
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Low Power Xeon E3's - Fujitsu TX1320 M3's ... cheap as dirt (30 bucks shipped, no cpu, no mem) and sub 20W possible apparently (according to Home - Hardwareluxx). Not in my config I guess (CX3 +2 NVME's), but I hope to end at 200W for 4 instead of 150W for 1
Oh, Wolfgang ..... ;)

Damnit - 29 EUR+25EUR shipping - and then CPU+RAM+NIC+Caddies on top of that. But still a very cheap barebones
So where are you ending up if you don't have the hardware yet?
 
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Low Power Xeon E3's - Fujitsu TX1320 M3's ... cheap as dirt (30 bucks shipped, no cpu, no mem) and sub 20W possible apparently (according to Home - Hardwareluxx). Not in my config I guess (CX3 +2 NVME's), but I hope to end at 200W for 4 instead of 150W for 1
Running on a previous 6.7 installation earlier (instead of the planned Fujitsu custom 7.U3) the box idle'd at 32W with the final config - i was speechless. Dont expect it to hold, as soon as those drives are in vsan they're probably never idle, but nevertheless...
 
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Running on a previous 6.7 installation earlier (instead of the planned Fujitsu custom 7.U3) the box idle'd at 32W with the final config - i was speechless. Dont expect it to hold, as soon as those drives are in vsan they're probably never idle, but nevertheless...
That sounds about the same experience I had with a supermicro X11 E3 board - and you can probably tweak it even more if you enable some c-states and tell esxi to use low power (somewhere in the settings)
 

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Nowhere, since its not possible to buy all the bits from one place - and I am not paying shipping to 10 different sellers to get all the items I would require :)
You know I am happy to consolidate for you ;)

That sounds about the same experience I had with a supermicro X11 E3 board - and you can probably tweak it even more if you enable some c-states and tell esxi to use low power (somewhere in the settings)
And yes its is in a similar range as any other E3 board, but a whole Barebone for 20 bucks (ex shipping) is simply amazing value - be it for ESX (certified for 7 iirc) , or your ceph or a lowish power firewall (not ultra low but more expansion options).
 
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How much RAM did you end up putting in? And how many modules?
The prices for caddies are crazy - one seller is selling the server barebones for 61 EUR - one caddy cost 42 EUR at the same seller :) But at least I found this list of what they say are supported CPU's:
Pentium G4560, Celeron G3930, E3-1220 V6, E3-1225 V6, E3-1230 V6, E3-1240 V6, E3-1270 V6, E3-1280 V6
 

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I found a seller that sells the server including 1 caddy for 37 GBP - that might be a good offer considering the crazy prices for caddies :-D

Ebay showed me something else because of shitty search, so its not the same server, it was the TX120 S3 - I don't understand why ebay insist of showing irelevant shit.
 

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Also someone is selling a Tx1320 M3 with a E3-1220V5 running in it - so I think e3 V5's are also an option, which opens up the CPU range quite a bit.
 
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