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  1. Yeah well Kingston has been around for a while and comparing user experience for an enterprise product doesn't seem to make a lot of sense.
  2. Overall, the Kingston DC500R SSD is an impressive drive in a class that is at times overlooked. As fun as high-performance NVMe and other technologies are, SATA drives still carry most of the water when it comes to server or storage controller boot duties, where reliability is critical. They also make for affordable in-server storage where capacity and price are key, along with all of the other TCO benefits SSDs offer over HDDs. For its part, the DC500R placed near the top of the charts in a many of our tests, when compared with other worthy drives. All in all, the DC500R is a good option for use cases that use the SATA interface and need a reliable, well-performing drive with good endurance and a range of capacities. Kingston DC500R Enterprise SSD Review
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    Workload Segmentation

    There are probably 100 variables or more for each of these workloads. Way too vague to be able to discuss. Can you provide more context?
  4. What's the system and purpose? Perhaps you'd be better off with a SATADOM or something of that nature. Most of the short drives I can think of give up on PCIe lanes, they don't really need to be x4. Lexar has one for instance. Many others with industrial applications as noted will be similar.
  5. Well sure, the Samsung will be better but what to upgrade to in the future is better left as a discussion when you get there. QLC drives are just not intended to be heavy use drives, despite the NVMe interface. NVMe does not equal fast...they often are fast, even your Intel drive is fast, just not under certain conditions.
  6. Optane is a different media though, Samsung's is their V-NAND. I think the entire industry is waiting to see where Intel gets Optane penetration before deciding where to invest heavily.
  7. There are probably some industrial options that are that small (Innodisk maybe?)...but why?
  8. Yes. You may see some gains, but really, if you're totally HDD, I'd not expect much. If you need more performance, toss in a few SSDs for tiering, you'll really enjoy it.
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    A Question About Disk Activity

    Yes, there's always background activity at the OS level or even with some apps that look closed but have remnants still running.
  10. And here it is, you've successfully found the weakness of QLC drives. They're really good at a few things, and they're cost effective, but sustained writes are really tough on them.
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    EMC Unity Dedup ratio

    It's going to depend entirely on your workload. I think what we've come to find is that 3:1 is pretty typical across a wide range of workloads and industries. In the new release for Unity, pasted below, they're claiming 5:1. 5:1 feels a little aggressive but Dell EMC is generally very conservative with these claims, so there's reason to believe.
  12. Brian

    What was the best in 1999?

    Dear lord...I don't think I can remember back that far.
  13. I've asked for clarity on this as obviously Intel provided both sets of info. Thanks for pointing this out.
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    Music NAS storage

    I didn't even know HP had that product, I had to go look it up. Have you considered going a different route rather than trying to keep the HP alive? I'm just worried a bit about long term support if you keep investing here.
  15. Just check the post history... /r/homelabsales
  16. Yes, we could do better to provide context there. It's dissimilar to other attempts in the past.
  17. When compared to other CPUs in the SKU list we can see that they have relatively more cores and have a lower base speed then other CPUs around this price point. This allows the CPUs to service more VM’s, albeit at a lower speed then other CPUs at this price point. One of the keys to having good performance on a server running virtual workloads is to have the VMs run on the same cores in a CPU whenever possible as this will result in better usage of the CPU’s L1 and L2 memory cache. So when running many VMs on a server having a CPU with more cores running at a slower speed will give better overall performance than having a CPU with fewer cores running at faster speeds. Full Story
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    2,5" 2TB HDD

    Right, there were certain product lines and tech that Toshiba ended up getting. They're largely closed the gap now though.
  19. Brian

    SSD life expectancy

    We post you mean something else?
  20. We don't have a big pool of Intel NVMe drives unfortunately. We have more coming on this though, early days still.
  21. We modified the way we test QLC drives after that initial run. We went from testing 5% to 1% of the drive capacity. Essentially we tested too hard for these value drives early on.
  22. We just got the 250GB in. Not expecting much but we'll see.
  23. Brian

    Seems there is none new member here

    Welcome! Would love to hear about your experiences.
  24. Normally there's a screw to secure the tail end of the drive or a rubber stopper (for lack of better word). Yes, take a photo.
  25. The LSI MegaRAID 9361-8i SAS3 RAID controller is a 12Gb/s storage adapter featuring PCIe 3.0 host interface, 1GB DDRIII cache memory, 1.2GHz PowerPC 476 dual core 12Gb/s ROC, and 8 12Gb/s SATA+SAS ports. With twice the maximum data transfer rate of 6Gb/s SAS solutions, the 9361-8i delivers enough bandwidth to fully saturate the PCI Express Gen3 bus. Along with superior data transfer rates, the 9361-8i offers enterprise-class data protection and security and supports CacheVault flash cache protection. LSI first-to-market 12Gb/s SAS solutions, such as the 9361-8i, are geared for the performance and security demands of next generation of enterprise data storage. LSI MegaRAID SAS3 9361-8i Review