SuperMicro CSE-829U no backplane - what to get?

p4cm4n

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Hey guys,

I put a bid in on a server on ebay - the CSE-829U x10dru-i+, didn't realize until later it had no backplane. No big deal, but I see there are shit tons of variants, and as long as I'm going to put one in, I figure I'll ask some people with more experience than me what to get?

I could go with the BPN-SAS3-826EL but two things here - one, I don't have, nor will I ever have SAS3 drives. I do have SATAIII drives though, so that'd work but...

I have no HBA for this either. Seems the SAS3-826EL has the mini-sas connector which I have the older style SFF-8087 on nearly everything at the moment. I don't care about the speed necessarily, and rather not spend additional cash at the moment if I don't have to.

My requirements : 12 SATA 3.5 drives
$$ little as possible

If I don't use one with an expander thats fine - as I have HBA's to support multiple SFF-8087's but nothing that could do the newer mini-sas.

I'm starting to feel I got ripped off on the ebay deal, but too late now. :D
 

nthu9280

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Sas826A like this should work. But you will need 2 8i HBAs or 1 16i hba. Check the compatibility on SM site for that chassis just to make sure. It will support 6gbps drives. Just ignore the description that says 3gbps.

 

p4cm4n

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Sas826A like this should work. But you will need 2 8i HBAs or 1 16i hba. Check the compatibility on SM site for that chassis just to make sure. It will support 6gbps drives. Just ignore the description that says 3gbps.

I can’t see anywhere on the SM site about compatibility for this backplane. I guess technically there are a bunch of pre-built models that use this system (cse-829u) but I’m not sure which this is yet til I get it.

I was wondering about that BP tho and if all 2u models are compatible with the chassis. I wanted to play with everything when it comes but I may have to wait and scope it out before I order more crap
 

Fritz

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Proceed with caution. It's always best to 100% that what you order will in fact work in your chassis. I've shot myself in the foot more than once.