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  1. There are probably some industrial options that are that small (Innodisk maybe?)...but why?
  2. 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.
  3. Brian

    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.
  4. 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.
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    What was the best in 1999?

    Dear lord...I don't think I can remember back that far.
  7. 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.
  9. Just check the post history... /r/homelabsales
  10. Yes, we could do better to provide context there. It's dissimilar to other attempts in the past.
  11. 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.
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    SSD life expectancy

    We post you mean something else?
  14. We don't have a big pool of Intel NVMe drives unfortunately. We have more coming on this though, early days still.
  15. 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.
  16. We just got the 250GB in. Not expecting much but we'll see.
  17. Brian

    Seems there is none new member here

    Welcome! Would love to hear about your experiences.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. Did it end up working? Never shut off power during what appears to be a sluggish firmware update.
  21. Brian

    New BackBlaze Stats

    We're at the point now with some NAS reviews where it takes a few days to get to the point where we can test. It will operate, just not at best performance levels.
  22. We already gave it away on Reddit
  23. Hah, I can't tell you how many times I've done that in testing portables over here. Wow, that HDD is FAST!
  24. All the SSDs should work in a QNAP or Synology for instance. The enterprise drives largely add endurance as you note. We've used a lot of DCT 860s and they've been great. Even used them in a white paper for QNAP/Veeam that was pretty fun. Anyway, if the price is close, I'd lean toward the enterprise drives. You'll get much better support too, no arguing about workload if there's a problem.
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    Micron 1300 SSD Announced

    They didn't give us more than what Adam posted. There aren't many who are committed to enterprise SATA at this point, Toshiba has almost completely forsaken it in favor of value SAS for low end enterprise flash.