I figured that I’d be best off asking at L1Techs when it comes to server grade hardware. I want to build a server next year that actually uses server hardware for a change. I was thinking of going with an AMD EPYC 7302P or 7402P, but that shouldn’t make the gigantic difference. The more I dig into the whole topic, the more confused I am. I’m either looking in the wrong places or I can’t really find many motherboards for that specific socket. I have found the MZ32-AR0 from Gigabyte, and I’m not sure if I shouldn’t be going for something from Supermicro or something like that.
I’ve looked at the board and I’m just thinking “wat?”. What is that OCP 2.0 mezzanine slot good for?
What board should I be going for? It should be reasonably priced (<$1000)… if that’s reasonable.
Do the EPYC CPUs only accept ECC RAM?
What would be my best bet to get some SATA drives up in that bad boy?
I’ve seen expansion cards that stated 8x SATA, but only had 2x SAS (?) ports. How do these play together?
Is it possible to cool that CPU with something like a highend Noctua cooler?
I’m definitely not going for redundant PSUs, so I’d just go with a normal ATX PSU. Are there any issues with that, assuming I do size it appropriately?
I’m not gonna go for 1U or 2U or something, I’m gonna go with a bigger (server?) case that I can easily fit a tower cooler in.
The HDDs (at least 6, might want to fit 12-16 or so) have to go somewhere too, and I was wondering whether to do that with some kind of drive shelf (are there smaller ones? I’ve seen the 36 Bay in the GN / L1T video) or getting a rack case that has enough slots.
On the consumer platform I’d say I know a few things, but I feel so helpless with all of these server questions right now. Sorry if this is chaotic, please let me know if I can provide any more info that helps you determine optimal solutions.