Tuesday Nov 07, 2006

Home Server hardware configuration

Somehow I missed posting the configuration of my home server directly here as I posted a link to the site where I bought it and I keep being asked for the specifications.


Here are the details of the core of the system.



Component

Details

Notes

Motherboard

ASUS M2NPV-VM

BIOS upgrades can be down with a USB memory stick so no need to have any other OS other than Solaris.


I've not tried the audio, IEEE 1394a port or the graphics card beyond just starting X. Everything I have tried to use has worked on Solaris with the exception of powernow.

CPU

AMD Athlon 3500+

I've been having trouble with powernow. When the system runs at 2GHs it crashes with memory errors. Colleagues who have the Athlon 3800 CPU report it works fine. This is irritating as I only chose the single core CPU to get powernow sooner rather than later.

Memory

2 \* 1Gb 240pin 800Mhz DDR2 RAM


Disks

2 \* Seagate Baracuda ST3320620AS 7200rpm 320Gb SATA disks.

You have to remove a jumper on the drives to get these to run at full speed.

Case

Antec NSK1300 Case MicroATX

A good case which will hold 3 31/2” disks as well as a DVD drive. However it really shows just how good the mechanics on Sun Systems are. You get what you pay for.


Which end up looking like this as far as prtdiag is concerned:


System Configuration: System manufacturer System Product Name
BIOS Configuration: Phoenix Technologies, LTD ASUS M2NPV-VM ACPI BIOS Revision 0504 10/17/2006

==== Processor Sockets ====================================

Version                          Location Tag
-------------------------------- --------------------------
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+ Socket AM2

==== Memory Device Sockets ================================

Type    Status Set Device Locator      Bank Locator
------- ------ --- ------------------- --------------------
unknown empty  0   A0                  Bank0/1
unknown in use 0   A1                  Bank2/3
unknown empty  0   A2                  Bank4/5
unknown in use 0   A3                  Bank6/7

==== On-Board Devices =====================================

==== Upgradeable Slots ====================================

ID  Status    Type             Description
--- --------- ---------------- ----------------------------
1   available PCI              PCI1
2   in use    PCI              PCI2
4   available PCI Express      PCIEX16
5   available PCI Express      PCIEX1_1

Even with the powernow issue I'm very happy with the system.

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