I hope you’re all well!
Before I begin, I’m not expecting anyone to do the leg work for me, just on the off chance that someone has found a more energy efficient configuration.
Some background blurb
So I’ve got me a predicament, with Electric prices suddenly surging in the wrong direction, I’ve had to look at the Server I’ve been slowly preparing over the last few years
What’s got me with this, is the comparison to my snapshot server, which only draws around 60W (i3-9100 based build on SuperMicro board). The problem server is drawing around 200W, fair enough if does have 4 more drives than the i3-9100 setup, but I’d like the idle to be more like 80W if at all possible.
Just for a gauge, 50W in the UK, on 24 hours a day is around £125 for the year, so that thirsty server would cost me £500 a year. That’s around a 1/5th of my total energy cost
So I’m looking for a motherboard that I can transplant the other bits onto!
Motherboard: Asus X99-E WS
CPU: E5-1650v4 (Socket LGA2011)
RAM: 8x16GB DDR4 2133 ECC REGISTERED
HDD: 10 x Spinning rust
SSD: 2 x for mirrored boot
NVME: 1x for Plugins/Jails
Nice things about current board:
- 10 SATA ports
- Lots of PCI’s
- NVME slot
Other things I have:
- A 4 port HBA LSI card (so the new board doesn’t need so many SATA ports)
Software and Usage:
OS: TrueNAS Core (eventually Scale I expect)
Jail: Emby, Syncthing
Main use: short and long term file storage
I’m happiest buying new, but I do appreciate it’s an old socket - after VERY slowly building it up with RAM, I’d be sad to let it go and start again.
I've tried a few things with the current board
Spun down hard drives to see how much they contribute, but we’re talking a 50W saving
The current board has the ability to reduce core count, so I tried it with no HT and just 4 cores.
I have fiddled and disabled
I haven’t pulled the RAM out yet, though I’ve seen some other users with the same quantity of RAM and same CPU with healthy power usage.
I checked CPU frequency in TrueNAS and it did reduce to 1200Mhz, so I’m guessing the culprit is elsewhere?
Any suggestions welcome!
And as People always like pictures, here it is before I added another 2 trayless units.