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by alewinsky
Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:28 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 Xeon Motherboard
Replies: 7
Views: 4420

Re: E3 Xeon Motherboard

If you do require ECC, then you could also look at S1200BTSR. It has a tiny gpu builtin (SM712 chip), only vga output. The board has no remote management though. I'm currently experimenting with a DQ77KB and E3-1220LV2. It works perfectly, and can boot without a video card (just need to add a video ...
by alewinsky
Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:59 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption?
Replies: 17
Views: 5140

Re: server with laptoplike performance and power consumption

Hi cloneman Two ideas :) First Have you looked at the Intel NUC lineup (you were not very specific about requirements)? I'm thinking of buying one to use as my general purpose headless vmware server at home. Apparently they are just about to release an i5 version that have plenty of nice features. h...
by alewinsky
Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:06 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 19656

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

Hi ces, I'll try :wink: The one big benefit is ECC memory support (which some people value very much). I would also like this, but haven't found a suitable system to meet my demands yet (not even the current consumer level XEON's). This can be seen by the history of this thread. I don't run an XEON...
by alewinsky
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 19656

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

one 2.5" 5400 for system and maximum four 3TB 3.5" green HDDs, like this http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/3tb-hdd-hard-drive,2982-11.html, disks will be 80% time in idle mode. I think you would have to test it with 3,4 & 5 disks and measure the consumption. But i think it's feasible. It's not th...
by alewinsky
Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 19656

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

There must be a reason most consumers don't buy Xeons... other than lack of availability in consumer channels. Do you know why that might be. I have often wondered... but never really paid much attention to finding out why I might want a Xeon. I guess its just safer running with my fellow lemmings....
by alewinsky
Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:08 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 19656

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

Yes i use the same motherboard, to be honest i forgot to look at the power management tab. I have tested so many motherboards were it had no effect. You should check the setting, I think it is almost a 10W drop in idle consumption. It most definitely makes a difference. ok, so it dosn't need a 8 pi...
by alewinsky
Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:18 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 19656

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

I'm running esxi off course :-) And on top off that, astaro, ubuntu's & debian's with tvheadend,plexmediaserver and other stuff. I wanted to do something similar, just didn't work properly for me :( Do you use VMDirectPath/VT-d? I'm pretty impressed with your idle result on the 1230, I got the the ...
by alewinsky
Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:40 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 19656

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

Hi. I tested a 1220l with the same kill a watt meter (are you danish btw), i got 24,8 watts with a 2,5" disk. So i guess the rest must be the psu. Yeah I'm danish :-) I actually ended up ditching the E3 setup completely. There were issues with VMWare/VMDirectPath, more specifically with mapping of ...
by alewinsky
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: low power sata controller
Replies: 1
Views: 1591

low power sata controller

Hi, I currently have 4 x 2TB WD green drives in my fileserver, and I'm thinking about adding more. The problem is that I have exhausted the onboard sata ports, and need to add a very low power pci-e hba (the FUSION350-A-E has an open ended x4 pci-e). You can see system specs in my signature (BOFH). ...
by alewinsky
Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:50 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 19656

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

So you didnt go for 1220/1260? No, too expensive and since I abandoned the DQ67EP build, I don't need onboard graphics. When building in the P183 I only worry about idle power consumption (where it is 99% of the time), so no need for a low TDP processor (saving quite a bit of money there). I plan t...
by alewinsky
Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:22 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 19656

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

Now to the fun part, the above was, as you can see not the best result.... So going for a new direction: S1200BTS (the one mentioned in the beginning of the post) E3-1230 (4-core with hyperthreading) 8 GB ECC memory (KVR1333D3E9SK2/8G) Putting it all into the case I have from my previous build (P183...
by alewinsky
Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 19656

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

Well, my attempt at building a small server in the Fractal Design Array R2 didn't go as well as I had hoped. The stuff did fit, but the hard drive cage doesn't do much about vibrations from HDD's, so it was far from quiet!!! So I have abandoned the build, and are now going a different way with my ho...
by alewinsky
Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:13 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 19656

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

@anickname I'm in the process of upgrading/moving to a new system. Still a little bit in the design phase.. But have most of the parts. I have moved to a new apartment, and need a smaller server (the Antec P182 case is fantastic, but too large). So I'm challenging myself to build a small server that...
by alewinsky
Sat Nov 12, 2011 9:07 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: x86 with arm like power draw for router/server
Replies: 39
Views: 12092

Re: x86 with arm like power draw for router/server

No one having a look at the fusion boards? I'm getting 10W idle running a zotac board. And only a few watts more when browsing. (I know its not 6-7W max, but actually quite good value / low power). Parts Zotac E350-A-E Pico PSU 120 80W power adaptor Intel SSD 320 120GB More info http://www.tomshardw...
by alewinsky
Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:47 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 19656

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

One of my colleges have the S1200BTL board, and is quite happy. Not the lowest power system, because of the CPU he chose, and the Intel RMM that the motherboard also contains. Because of the RMM it also boasts a more beefy onboard graphics chip. I still considering the S1200BTS. It have just arrived...
by alewinsky
Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:05 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: A Windows system with idle power ~ 10 watt?
Replies: 26
Views: 25996

Re: A Windows system with idle power ~ 10 watt?

<10W Brazos (see my previous post!!). I have the exact Brazos board (Zotac) that is mentioned in the review posted by ntavlas (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/e-350-motherboard-brazos,2958-16.html). It comes highly recommended. I have had Atom boards in the past, but the Brazos feels quite a bit...
by alewinsky
Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:15 am
Forum: Green Computing
Topic: A Windows system with idle power ~ 10 watt?
Replies: 26
Views: 25996

Re: A Windows system with idle power ~ 10 watt?

Zotac Fusion E-350 (FUSION350-A-E) Consumption Normal usage (light browsing, RDP usage): 11-13W Idle: 9,5W (with disk in spindown) Measured at the wall with a Danish "SparOmeter". I think it is somewhat equivalent to the killawatt. It has a very good reputation in Denmark, so I trust it (also not ex...
by alewinsky
Mon May 02, 2011 7:57 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mini-ITX Motherboard for Intel T5850?
Replies: 6
Views: 2560

Re: Mini-ITX Motherboard for Intel T5850?

Those are listed as supporting the 45nm Penryn CPU lineup. I was under the impression that meant that my 65nm Merom would not work. I hope I'm wrong. I think your cpu would be supported, but I can't be sure (I'm not really an expert on this. I have just spent some time a few months back, looking at...
by alewinsky
Sun May 01, 2011 7:22 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mini-ITX Motherboard for Intel T5850?
Replies: 6
Views: 2560

Re: Mini-ITX Motherboard for Intel T5850?

Thank you for those links, although I'm still having the same problem. I looked through all of the ones listed, and they each have one of two main flaws: -They use 240-pin desktop RAM rather than 200-pin laptop RAM -They don't show as supporting the 667MHz FSB that the T5850 uses The only one I've ...
by alewinsky
Sun May 01, 2011 7:23 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Mini-ITX Motherboard for Intel T5850?
Replies: 6
Views: 2560

Re: Mini-ITX Motherboard for Intel T5850?

You could have a look at this link: http://www.mini-tft.de/xtc-neu/index.php/cat/c3272_Mini-ITX-mit-Sockel-P--478pin-.html Site is in german, but I think they have one of the most complete lists of mini-itx motherboards for mobile CPU's. They are usually quite expensive, and you will not necessarily...
by alewinsky
Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:24 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silencing a quiet server
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: Silencing a quiet server

I don't think a single pull fan will give enough ventilation in the P183, especially when it is to run quiet. First off the bottom chamber needs at least a little bit of airflow to cool the HDD's a bit and the power supply (running 4 hdd's in my bottom chamber). And by using very silent fans it does...
by alewinsky
Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silencing a quiet server
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Re: Silencing a quiet server

Hi A bit hungover (so beware of spelling mistakes) ;-) But here we go. I think you should just go for making the P183 as quiet as possible. I wouldn't go into active monitoring of the system. The P183 has great potential to be extremely quiet. Below you can see what I have done/plan to do with my P1...
by alewinsky
Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:59 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Low idle power ESXI server - i5-650 vs AMD N36L
Replies: 9
Views: 10045

Re: Low idle power ESXI server - i5-650 vs AMD N36L

Well. I'm not sure all boards/cpu's are hit by the whine. I think more people would complain if it was all of them that had the issue. All I can say for sure is that the motherboard/cpu I tried had the whine, and it was very easy to hear, even from about 4-5 meters distance. And that a few other peo...
by alewinsky
Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 19656

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

I might sound a bit too "pro" E3? But it just fits perfect into what I need (see above) ;-) Only a tad more expensive than sandy bridge desktop cpu's ECC support (usually what xeon brings) I hope someone will test the combo I mentioned, once they are available. If not, then I will have to get hold o...
by alewinsky
Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 19656

Re: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

There must be a reason most consumers don't buy Xeons... other than lack of availability in consumer channels. Do you know why that might be. I have often wondered... but never really paid much attention to finding out why I might want a Xeon. I guess its just safer running with my fellow lemmings....
by alewinsky
Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..
Replies: 46
Views: 19656

E3 family xeons, anyone? Low power server..

Feel free to call me crazy, but I'm thinking about replacing my current motherboard/cpu with the Intel S1200BTS motherboard and the E3-1220L XEON cpu (when both are available). What do people think about this combi? Low idle power and max power? http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=53558 http://ark....
by alewinsky
Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Low idle power ESXI server - i5-650 vs AMD N36L
Replies: 9
Views: 10045

Re: Low idle power ESXI server - i5-650 vs AMD N36L

That's asking a lot. I don't think you can get there from here. Well, laptops do run below 10W idle (arrandale and sandy bridge). So it should be possible if some manufacturer would make a motherboard with focus on low power for the mobile CPU/chipset. I have tested the Jetway NF98-QM57-LF, but the...
by alewinsky
Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Low idle power ESXI server - i5-650 vs AMD N36L
Replies: 9
Views: 10045

Re: Low idle power ESXI server - i5-650 vs AMD N36L

aztec: Very interesting. Those values are however DC values, the ones I have listed above is AC (measured at the wall plug). I need a motherboard that will idle below 10W AC with minimal system (only memory and SSD). As you can see above the one I currently have idles at about 17W AC. I would maybe ...
by alewinsky
Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:53 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: Low idle power ESXI server - i5-650 vs AMD N36L
Replies: 9
Views: 10045

Re: Low idle power ESXI server - i5-650 vs AMD N36L

LazyBoy: I have been looking at the Sandy Bridge boards as well. I actually tested a DQ67SW with an i5-2500. But I didn't like that very much. It didn't have lower power consumption than my current setup, and I was hit by the sandy bridge whine that other people have been complaining about --> http:...