06-17-2019 06:46 PM
I recently acquired a surplus S30 type 569 with a view of 1) using it to process photos, 2) some gaming (nothing demanding) and 3) RAID-1 to store/serve photos.
I am looking at some WD Enterprise 8TB drives (red) and would like to know if this flavour of S30 can handle the drive size in one volume.
These drive won't be used to boot, or house any applications (all that will be done on a SSD).
Is there any necessity to UG any further components? RAM is 16 GB in 4x4 config, FX3700 GPU card, and E5-1620.
06-18-2019 09:45 AM
Though not officially supported (8TB drives weren't really around when S30 was actively getting hardware refreshes/updates), you should be able to use an 8TB HDD in S30 as a data disk. That version of S30 can support GPT partitioning, which would be required to create a single partition of that size, but it cannot support booting to a GPT partition due to BIOS limitations. So as long as you're configuring a normal MBR boot disk, Windows should still be able to see the 8TB drive when formatted as GPT.
Due to the size of the drive, you might want to consider adding the optional HDD fan if your S30 doesn't already have it. Though I've heard these parts are tough to track down at this point. The FRU for that part is 03W5468.
As far as other upgrades, that's really up to how much performance you need. You can bump up the CPU if you want, but you have to stay in the v1/Sandy Bridge family of Xeons. The GPU would likely be the best upgrade if you plan to do any gaming as that FX3700 is pretty dated.
06-18-2019 06:06 PM
06-19-2019 07:59 AM
You should be able to use SCU for this. But it's important to keep in mind SCU ports are limited to SATA2 speeds. If you have a red AHCI SATA port available, I'd suggest installing it there if you have no other high speed SATA3 devices to install (such as SATA SSD). Red AHCI SATA ports support SATA3 speeds.
The HDD fan installs on the rear side of the HDD cage in S30. It's designed to pull fresh air over the drives from the front of the system.
For CPU, you need to examine your workloads to see whether additional cores or additional clock speed will help improve your performance. For example if your applications are mainly single threaded, you'll want to avoid a high core count part and instead get something with the highest clock speed you can. S30 was designed to use E5-16XX parts, so I typically recommend sticking to those. Some E5-26XX parts are supported as long as you stay at 130W TDP or less....so the 2670 and 2680 would be supported. Mandatory reminder that with 0569 S30 machine types, you must stick to Sandy Bridge (v1) CPUs as Ivy Bridge would not be supported. Also keep in mind that with 26XX parts on S30, you're essentially paying for features you cannot use, namely the high speed QPI link used to connect CPUs together.
06-21-2019 03:14 PM
06-24-2019 12:10 PM - edited 06-24-2019 12:10 PM
This should help. It's basically a 75mm x 15mm 4-wire fan mounted in a plastic housing that snaps onto the rear of the HDD cage. It's a pull design, so it's pulling fresh air in from the front of the chassis and across the drives.
This fan has to be on the thinner side to avoid interfering with the right-most DIMM slot.
As FRUs for this part seem to be tough to find, you could possibly rig something up with a similarly sized fan using zip ties or something like that if you want to get creative. For reference, the FRU is 03W5468.