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    Physical vs. Virtual FreeNAS + iSCSI vs. NFS: performance testing results.

    Hi everyone, I've wanted to see how well FreeNAS would perform in back to back tests on physical vs. virtual hosts on the same hardware for a while now and finally have all the parts together to do some initial testing. My vision is to have a single box that can do it all for my homelab and...
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    Rampage V Extreme CPU fan header and D5 pump.

    Hi everyone, I have the Rampage V Extreme and two EK D5 PWM pumps. The issue I have is that when I plug either D5 pump into the CPU or CPU OPT fan header, the pump does not spin, it goes down to 0%. When I plug the pump into a chassis fan header, the pump runs at it should and goes to 100%...
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    Supermicro backplane fan failure.

    So I have a recently purchased Supermicro 847 JBOD and I have a little issue with the fans. It seems the fans that are connected to the rear backplane "spin down" after 15-30 seconds from power on, which makes sense because that's what pretty much all servers do after they POST. I also noticed...
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    Supermicro 847 JBOD chassis questions.

    I am thinking I can go with a Supermicro 847 JBOD for a use in my homelab, non production environment, so I can build my 36x spindle disk array for media storage and also have enough room for 4x SSD's for an iSCSI VM datastore and 2x SSD's for ZIL and 1x SSD for L2ARC and am looking at the...
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    Supermicro 846 / 847 chassis and power supply noise questions.

    Hi everyone, I am planning on building either a 24 or 36 bay FreeNAS ZFS SAN with WD 6TB Red drives and a single or dual 9211-8i HBA(s) with two SFF 8087 connectors per HBA, and want to use a Supermicro board and chassis. I only have a budget for 24 drives, but I figure why not get a 36 bay...
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    Critique my NCASE M1 V3 proposed build.

    Hi everyone, I'm putting together an NCASE M1 V3 and wanted to go with a custom water loop that will include the CPU and GPU. I think I have pretty much everything listed, but let me know if you see anything that needs changing or looks off or not optimal. Also, does anyone know when the EK...
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    Which ZFS layout would you use for the following, and why?

    Hardware 24 drive bay case 4TB drives, all same make/model/etc. Possible ZFS configurations, arranged by number of disks 20 disks raidz2 = 1 zpool, 2 vdevs of 10 disks, 2 can fail per vdev, 4 can fail in total 32TB per vdev, 64TB total usable, 20% of total drives can fail 22 disks raidz3 = 1...
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    Critique my FreeNAS build list, please.

    Hi everyone, I am currently putting together a FreeNAS server that I will use for NAS, SAN, and iSCSI targets in my home. It will host my media via CIFS and also be used with an iSCSI target as a datastore for my ESXi home lab. Any feedback on my build list or potential issues would be highly...
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    Intel Z68 (particularly ASUS P8Z68-M Pro): How is onboard DXVA performance with XBMC?

    It appears to be very difficult to find reviews where there is mention of the onboard DXVA performance of an Intel Z68 based motherboard. I was wondering if anyone had any feedback on DXVA performance numbers on the Intel Z68 boards, or knew of a review that had some info. I would be using an...
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    Intel Z68 (particularly ASUS P8Z68-M Pro): How is onboard RAID 5 performance?

    It appears to be very difficult to find reviews where there is mention of the onboard RAID 5 performance of an Intel Z68 based motherboard. I was wondering if anyone had any feedback on RAID 5 performance numbers on the Intel Z68 boards, or knew of a review that had some info. Thanks for any help!
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    MSI N470GTX-M2D12-B GeForce GTX 470, newegg $194.49 shipped after rebate, TODAY ONLY!

    MSI N470GTX-M2D12-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 10% off with promo code BTEZZZS32, ends 11/16 Comes to $229.49 shipped and has a $35 rebate bringing it to $194.49 shipped after rebate.
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    Does the Dell/Alienware AW2310 do 120hz over HDMI?

    I was thinking about purchasing this monitor, but before I did I wanted to ask anyone if they are using it at 120hz over HDMI or VGA as my laptop doesn't have a DVI port. Thanks for your help!
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    Initial testing X2 4400+ @ 2805MHz on water, SLI 7800gtx's...

    I love getting new hardware! I just got my new computer together and I figure I share some of my results. I am not having that great of luck with the memory. Check out my timings below. It is Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2x1GB. Some tips for this RAM would be great! Also I seem to be having...
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    I sure do love my BH-5!!!

    Had the chance to use stang_man's power supply with a modded 3.3v rail. (3.6v/5.1v/12.2v) on my droop/vdimm modded P4C. 3.4vdimm yeilded these results... We will see what 3.5-3.6vdimm will do for the ram soon...
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    24k 3dmark01 @ 3897 MHz on air!!!!

    Stang_man and I finished up the droop mod on my P4C-800E, removed the shim from my R9800Pro, and went ahead and benched my computer outside where ambient temperatures were below 0c. This was with no tweaking at all, just a fun run. Result was 24067 3dmarks. I'll make some passes in 3dmark03...
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    FINALLY broke 22k in 01 and 7.1k in 03 on my 2.4c/R9800Pro!!!!!!!!

    I've been trying to break 22k in 3DMark01 and 7k in 3DMark03 for about a month. Finally did them both tonight!!! I've accomplished all my goals that I wanted to with my current hardware. I can finally rest until the Athlon64 socket 939 comes out, then, it's on again! The scores were 22,165...
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