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Share your Hardware Setup.
« on: October 01, 2011, 03:19:14 am »
I'm not sure what's the best place to put this up, but I think this may be it.
So, the purpose of this thread is to give other people idea of what to expect setting up storage server, ie what kinda of performance you would expect with certain set of hardware, I'll include as much info as I can so it should be helpful to other.  And hopefully it aid other in seeking out the performance benefit of each hardware.
So, let's start w/ me.

CaseCooler Master Centurion 590
MotherboardAsus F1A75-M
CPUAMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz Triple-Core 64W TDP
MemoryCORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) CML16GX3M4A1600C9
Add-OnSuperMicro AOC-SAS2LP-MV8
PowerSupplyCORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W 80PLUS
Others3x120mm 1800RPM fans
1x Addonics 5 in 3 disk array AE5RCS35NSA
Harddrives2x 500GB 5400RPM green
2x 750GB 7200RPM
3x 1TB 5400RPM green
1x 1TB 7200RPM
1x 1.5TB 5400RPM green
4x 2TB 5400RPM green

Sorry for being a bit vague on harddrive, those are my collection of drives over time, and power consumption should be similar for those green drives even with different brand/model.  They are still all SATA-II drives.

As for harddrive layout, I put older, lower storage capacity on the onboard SATA ports while larger one are on the SuperMicro card which is sitting on the pci-e x16 port.

During the creation of parity 2x PPU.  Here are some of the reading I get via Resource Monitor.
CPU is hitting 70% on average, about 50% goes to FlexRAID.exe and 15% on System(this is probably the onboard SATA, but I’m just guessing here.)  Regardless, the CPU have enough power to create partity w/ the data coming in, this means the bottle neck are the drives.
Total Disk I/O I get are ranging from 250MB/s to 500MB/s on average, it’s usually around 350MB/s to 450MB/s
Disk I/O on the harddrive seem to be all over the place, for large files, it can hit from 30MB/s to 50MB/s, but I even them peek to 60-80MB/s.  On smaller files, I/O seem to be roughly 5-10MB/s.
Writing seem to be about 60MB/s
 
It doesn’t seem to matter between onboard or add-on SATA, the performance seem to be about the same considering the file size as the base.

Total time to create 2PPU(2x 2TB drives) from 5.97TB worth of data in T2+ (RAID6 Engine) is 8 hours and 1 minute.

Now for power consumption

Power off2.0 watt
Booting up150-170 watt
idle125 watt
During Parity Creation135~150 watt, see NOTE #3

I hope this is helpful to anyone who want to create similar setup

NOTE #1: after about 9% completion, the performance seem to drop(more like plummet) to merely 100MB/s on read and 30MB/s on write.  And at 10% it drop even lower to 50MB/s read and 10MB/s write.  I opened the case and making sure I don’t have heat problem.  This is weird.
NOTE #2: at 12%, the performance seem to get back up again.  This is weird.  I gonna go sleep now, I can't keep track of it like this.
NOTE #3: checking it again at 50-52%, the performance get dipped again, in addition to that it seem the power usage is drop to about 135 watt also.
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Offline SlyNine

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Re: Share your Hardware Setup.
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2011, 10:33:21 am »
I think mine dimmes the neighbors lights when I run full out. jk specs below.
2600k Core I7@4.4gh(1.28 max Vcore with all power saving features enabled), 8GB Ram, 2x BluRay Drives, ZM850-HP 850W Continuous, 2x intel x25-m 120gb ssd Raid 0, 5870 Radeon 5x2TB HDDs.

200 Bluray to MKV (no reencoding plus HD Audio all done myself), 10,000 Lossless songs, 1,300 TVshows