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BUILD Building a FreeNAS system (any recommendations)

Western Digital Drives - The Preferred Drives of FreeNAS and TrueNAS CORE
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Hey, I'm building a FreeNAS system and would like any recommendations, based on the hardware i have chosen.
Below is choice of the hardware i'm considering for the build. I plan to have a 24 drive case running with 8 drive in 3 vdevs with raidz3

Western Digital WD Red 4TB WD40EFRX (x8)
Supermicro X9SRH LGA 2011 Intel C602J DDR3 SATA3 & SAS2 V&2GBE ATC Server Motherboard Price: $516
• Mfr Part Number: X9SRH-7TF-B
• CPU: LGA2011
o Supports Intel Xeon E5-2600/E5-1600 Processors
o Supports up to 8 cores
o Supports up to 135W TDP
• Chipset: Intel C602J
• Memory: 8x 240pin DDR3-1600/1333/1066 DIMM Slots, Supports up to 256GB ECC/REG Memory or up to 64GB ECC/Non-ECC Un-buffered Memory
• Slots: 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (one runs at x8), 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Slot (runs at x4), 2x PCI-32 Slots
• SATA: 2x SATA3 Ports, 4x SATA2 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
• SAS: 8x SAS2 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 10
• Video: Matrox G200eW Graphics Controller w/ 16MB DDR2 Video Memory
• LAN: Intel X540 Dual Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet Controller; 1x Realtek RTL8201N PHY (dedicated IPMI)
• Ports: 9x USB 2.0 Ports (2 rear, 6 via headers, 1 Type A), 1x VGA Port, 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port, 1x PS/2 Mouse Port, 2x Serial Ports (1 rear, 1 via header), 2x RJ45 LAN Ports, 1x RJ45 Dedicated IPMI LAN Port
• Form Factor: ATX, 12.0 x 9.6 inch / 30.5 x 24.4 cm
• RoHS Compliant
Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1620
(10M Cache, 3.60 GHz, 0.0 GT/s Intel® QPI)
IBM Serve RAID M1015 (x2 and flashed with LSII 9211-8 IT mode)
Samsung Memory 8GB DDR3-1333 ECC REG (x2) = 16GB expand as need.


For the other 8 port i was just gonna run that of the SAS Port, would that work fine?


Sep 25, 2013
I just got a Norco case and I'm quite happy with it, but I haven't loaded it up with drives yet - and apparently it can struggle to keep the drives cool when it's full. Depending on your location I'd suggest looking for a SuperMicro SC846 on ebay instead.
Other than that it's looking nice. Yeah the onboard SAS ports will actually be better than the M1015 (newer controller), just flash it to IT with the firmware from SuperMicros ftp.

What do you plan on doing with the server? If it's just a home backup/media server type build you'd be fine with a socket 1155/1150 build. If you want it to do NFS/iSCSI type things though the 10GbE and RAM capacity will be great.

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