I feel in love with the Jonsbo N1 a while ago for the design and functionality, and the 1x 2.5 and 5x 3.5 in small case. Since then I’ve been toying around with a setup in my head that should be highspeed, zfs, and not way too expensive. Feel a bit ashamed that I didn’t think of oldschool case modding and cheating.
Anyways, here’s something to work from.
Jonsbo N1 $150
ASRock A320M-ITX or similar motherboard with 1x m.2 and can take 64GB ECC $140
AMD RYZEN 3 PRO 4350GE, AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2200GE, or similar $140
64GB RAM DDR4 ECC UDIMM 2x32GB $320 used from ebay
IBM M5110 8 port 6GB raid flashed as IT $25 used from ebay
Something low profile talking 10GB $30 used from ebay
NGFF M.2 Key M to PCIe x4 Gen3 32Gbps Extender Cable Adapter R42SF $25
Now comes the tricky part. Cut out room for a low profile pcie card at the back of the case. Drill a hole, straighten the bracket on the card, fasten it with a nut and bolt.
IBM/Lenovo ServeRAID M5110, Dell perc H200, Dell perc H310, Dell perc H710, HP have a couple too, and a bunch more raid controllers all use similar sas controllers (LSI SAS2008-SAS2308) that can be flashed with the LSI SAS 9207-8i firmware that allows JBOD/IT mode if the original firmware don’t. A lot of them comes preflashed and dirt cheap on ebay.
That case is not something designed for this product but something generic right? I’m saying this because I have a Saturn Mantiz Pro eGPU enclosure inside the same form factor. Don’t get me wrong this thing is a beefy aluminum case and it looks nice.