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joncy92

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Hey guys I found this server and wondering if price is good?

£559 (~$778)

Supermicro X11SCH-F
Xeon E-2176G
sas 9361-16i
32 GB Ram


It comes in a slightly worn and marked rack

See image for other details

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jgreco

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The H710 is a 2108 based RAID controller as well, although I think I might have seen references to someone having figured out how to lobotomize them to run HBA firmware, something that I haven't tried, but doesn't shock me that it could be possible.

The H710 is *only* going to be acceptable if it shows up as an HBA running firmware 20.00.07.00-IT
 

joncy92

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The H710 is a 2108 based RAID controller as well, although I think I might have seen references to someone having figured out how to lobotomize them to run HBA firmware, something that I haven't tried, but doesn't shock me that it could be possible.

The H710 is *only* going to be acceptable if it shows up as an HBA running firmware 20.00.07.00-IT
I've been using the h710 on my Dell t130 for a long while and it's worked fine in HBA mode. Can't remember if a flashed it but I think I updated it

Ignoring those parts - is the board, CPU and 2U chassis with 12 disk slots a good deal?
 

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Well, that's always been the problem with the non-HBA firmwares on the LSI boards, they "work" until they don't.

Whether or not the chassis and board is a good deal is mostly a matter of perspective. With the higher clock speed CPU, it would be good at SMB or other single-threaded tasks. The board, being a micro-ATX, has very limited expansion options. The chassis, which you didn't specify, doesn't seem to be a Supermicro, so it is hard to estimate value. 32GB of memory might be fine for home use.
 

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That'd be more of a question for the Plex folks, but I don't see anything obviously wrong with it.
 

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The Xeon E-2176G gets a Passmark score of 13698. From the Plex website…

The Guideline
Very roughly speaking, for a single full-transcode of a video, the following PassMark score requirements are a good guideline for the following average source file:

  • 4K HDR (50Mbps, 10-bit HEVC) file: 17000 PassMark score (being transcoded to 10Mbps 1080p)
  • 4K SDR (40Mbps, 8-bit HEVC) file: 12000 PassMark score (being transcoded to 10Mbps 1080p)
  • 1080p (10Mbps, H.264) file: 2000 PassMark score
  • 720p (4Mbps, H.264) file: 1500 PassMark score
 

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The Xeon E-2176G gets a Passmark score of 13698. From the Plex website…

The Guideline
Very roughly speaking, for a single full-transcode of a video, the following PassMark score requirements are a good guideline for the following average source file:

  • 4K HDR (50Mbps, 10-bit HEVC) file: 17000 PassMark score (being transcoded to 10Mbps 1080p)
  • 4K SDR (40Mbps, 8-bit HEVC) file: 12000 PassMark score (being transcoded to 10Mbps 1080p)
  • 1080p (10Mbps, H.264) file: 2000 PassMark score
  • 720p (4Mbps, H.264) file: 1500 PassMark score
That does not take quicksync into account though, which this CPU supports ;-)
 

joncy92

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Thanks for the replies. The chassis was some cheap Chinese **** so I sent it back
 
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