This is a small form factor server designed to support engineering sandbox development and post-production video capture/encoding work. The build features a Sandy Bridge-EP standard ATX mainboard with dual Xeon E5-2600 LGA 2011 sockets. A small Cooler Master HAF XB case will be used in an air-cooled configuration with Noctua fans.
Windows 7 Professional will run Adobe Creative Suite CS6 for background video capture, encoding and batch image processing. Four CentOS UNIX virtual machines will host the following server software:
1. Web Service VM: Tomcat server running Spring RESTful web services
2. Web Application VM: Tomcat and Apache servers running web applications
3. Cache/Queue VM: MongoDB server with data cache and queue collections
4. Database VM: Oracle database server
Cooler Master HAF XB ATX Computer Case
Enermax Galaxy EVO 1250W ATX12V 80 Plus Bronze Power Supply
SuperMicro Dual Xeon LGA 2011 DDR3 1600 ATX Server Motherboard MBD-X9DRL-IF-O
2 x Intel Xeon E5-2620 6-Core 2.0GHz Sandy Bridge-EP Processor, 2.5GHz Turbo Boost, 15MB L3 Cache
64GB 8 x Samsung 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz ECC Registered Server Memory M393B1K70DH0-CK0
HIS Radeon HD 6450 2GB 64-bit DDR3 PCIE x1 HDCP Low Profile Passive Video Card
2 x Sedna PCIE 4-Port USB 3.0 Adapter (2 x External, 2 x Internal)
Creative Audigy 2 ZS High Definition 7.1 Surround PCI Sound Adapter
Boot Array: 2 x Samsung 840 Series 250GB Solid State Drive (SSD) in RAID-0 (500GB)
1.5TB VM Array A: 2 x Seagate Momentus XT 750GB SATA 6.0Gbs Solid State Hybrid in RAID-0
1.5TB VM Array B: 2 x Seagate Momentus XT 750GB SATA 6.0Gbs Solid State Hybrid in RAID-0
LG Blu-Ray Burner SATA 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache
AFT PRO-57U All-in-one USB 3.0 5.25" Media Card Reader
2 x Noctua NF-A14 ULN 140x140x25mm Fan, 800/650 RPM, SSO2 Bearing (front fans)
Noctua NF-P12 PWM 120mm SSO2 Bearing (upper-rear fan)
2 x Noctua NF-R8 80mm Case Fan (lower-rear fans)
BitFenix Spectre 200mm Case Fan (top fan)
2 x Artic Freezer i30 CPU Cooler, Four Direct Contact Heat Pipes
2 x Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm 2-Speed Focused Flow Fan, 1500/1200 RPM, SSO2 Bearing (CPU fans)
Somehow, the SuperMicro X9DRL-IF squeezes two LGA 2011 sockets, eight RDIMM DDR3 memory and six PCIE expansion slots onto a standard ATX form factor motherboard! Initially, the server will provide 24 threads in 12 cores using two Xeon E5-2620 six-core processors with 64GB of ECC DDR3 server memory. Eventually, the processors will be upgraded to a faster eight-core model when pricing eventually drops. The processors will be fitted with two Artic Freezer i30 CPU heat sinks, replacing the stock fans with two Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Focused Flow fans. A passively cooled Radeon HD 6450 in the first PCIE slot provides basic video support at 2560x1600. Two Sedna 4-Port USB 3.0 PCIE adapters (4 x external, 2 x Internal 20-pin) will provide plenty of USB v3 connectivity.
In front, for a slight increase in CFM along with a notable decrease in noise levels, the two stock 120mm Cooler Master fans will be replaced with two Noctua NF-A14 ULN 140mm fans. For media input, a fast LG Blu-Ray burner and AFT all-in-one USB 3 reader will be installed in the front 5.25" bays. Both 3.5" hot-swap bays will contain Samsung 840 Series 250GB solid state drives in RAID-0 (500GB). Windows 7 will boot from this Samsung RAID-0 array. VirtualBox, Adobe Creative Suite CS6 and related video processing applications will be installed was well, including large scratch and temporary file areas. Internally, encoding space and all four UNIX virtual machines will reside in two 1.5TB RAID-0 arrays, with the image files periodically backed up to external network storage. Each array set consists of two Seagate Momentus XT 750GB SATA 6.0Gbs Solid State Hybrid drives.
In back, one Noctua NF-P12 120mm PWM fan will be installed in the upper position. Two Noctua NF-R8 80mm fans will be placed in the rear location. Network connectivity is provided by SuperMicro via two Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports. The expansion slots expose HDMI and Dual-link DVI video ports on the HIS Radeon HD 6450, along with four external USB 3.0 ports from two Sedna PCIE adapters. Power is provided by a very quiet Enermax Galaxy EVO 1250W power supply.
On top, a BitFenix Spectre 200mm Case Fan will be fitted to help exhaust the heat.
Edited by sonic_agamemnon, 11 January 2013 - 07:32 AM.