Minisforum MS-01 Review The 10GbE with PCIe Slot Mini PC

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PigLover

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Great review - as expected, of course.

This this is just about perfect to finish the consolidation of my servers. Ordered the moment they went live on the Minisforum site. Really looking forward to getting mine.
 

SnJ9MX

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Is the mentioned 28W idle with a completely barebones system? meaning just CPU, 2x memory sticks, and 1x nvme drive?
 

Shareef Jalloq

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Some questions:

  1. What hypervisors support P+E core?
  2. What's the performance of the CPU if you disable all E cores?
  3. Do Minisforum have a plan to ship an AMD version of this?
  4. What do you use to control Intel vPro? You mentioned it has a few IPMI like features but what are they and how are they exposed?
 

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I'm really tempted to replace my old enterprise gear with a small cluster of these for my homelab, I'm just afraid to lose ecc support with next cloud which in use to backup all my photos.
 
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PigLover

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The Mediatek RZ616 Wi-Fi card is an odd choice but it can run in AP mode(*), which is something the Intel AX200/201/210 cards cannot do.

(*) with a caveat - unlike most true APs it can only enable one band at a time.
 

mach3.2

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Looking at Intel's block diagram and the minisforum spec sheet, here's an educated guess.

CPU (16 lanes)
PCIe 4 x8 slot (8 lanes)
M.2 M key gen 4 x4 slot (4 lanes)
M.2 M key gen 3 x4 slot (4 lanes)

Chipset (PCIe3 12 lanes)
X710-DA2 (8 lanes)
I226-V (1 lane)
i2260-LM (1 lane)
M.2 M key gen 3 x2 slot (2 lanes)
M.2 E key slot

 

EasyRhino

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I noticed that the minisforum web page for this is already linking to the STH youtube video and featuring it very prominently. It's been two days since the review went up on STH.

Was this review in any way sponsored (hardware gifting) or did minisforum get a sneak peek at the video? (besides minisforum activity in the forums, of course)
 

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Looking at Intel's block diagram and the minisforum spec sheet, here's an educated guess.
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Chipset (PCIe3 12 lanes)
X710-DA2 (8 lanes)
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More likely 4 lanes. (which is more than sufficient for full 2-port bandwidth)
I don't believe that this chipset (or, in fact, any in last 5+ years) allows more than x4 for any root port. [i'm very interested to hear of an exception]

@mach3.2 , you're probably thinking: If x4 (Gen3) lanes is more than enough, why did Intel design the chip for x8 lanes? Well, Intel doesn't make simple mistakes--so think a little more. :)
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[of course, INTC has made a few BIG mistakes.]
 
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I don't believe that this chipset (or, in fact, any in last 5+ years) allows more than x4 for any root port. [i'm very interested to hear of an exception]
In that case I wouldn't be surprised to learn it's attached to one of the CPU's x4 port instead of the chipset, since one of the supposed CPU NVMe slot is gen 3 instead of 4.
 

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I ordered on the 10th. If I remember right I saw a ship date of Jan 20th, nearly had a heart attack looking at the site now and it saying March (I'm moving in March). Googled a bit and looks like pre Jan 15th are not affected by the new date. Anyways looking forward to playing with it.
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My setup will be 64gigs linked by STH youtube. I didn't see anything on if it supported bifurcation, but if it does, great 2 extra m.2 slots, if not, ok 1 extra m.2 slot. I went with GLOTRENDS PA41 Quad M.2 card. Also purchased MZQL215THBLA-00A07 15tb U.2 :cool: biggest & cheapest 7mm u.2 drive I could find.

Software wise, I'll be running proxmox with plex (on hardware, don't want to bother with passthrough for quicksync) and samba, and a bunch of VMs for anything else, pfsense, unifi, whatever else I need. Primary functions, Router, NAS, and plex server.
 
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ViciousXUSMC

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Perhaps someone could build a rack mount for 3D printing.:)
Would look relaly nice next to my QSW-3216R-8S8T.

I am just not sure about the ventilation of this, I see it has top holes but also front/back.
If this was on a rack as a 1u unit with something above it,it might block ventilation?
 

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I wanted to tweak the fan curves (the defaults are very peaky - the constant change of pitch was distracting me).

After playing around in BIOS, I found a Windows Fan Control app on GitHub which auto-detected everything and seems to have a beautiful amount of tweakability.

fan_control_ms01.png

If anyone has an even better suggestion then let me know. It would also be great to know if there's something available for Linux, so I can implement the same in Proxmox.
 
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