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stephengd80

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Ok so go easy on me here but I am a regular user of Supermicro servers but find the suppliers in the UK hard to deal with and with long waiting times for motherboards and cases etc.

I resell servers as part of projects for CCTV and favour AMD EPYC processors.

I will be using the 2 NVMe 500gb drives mirrored for the Server OS and then a couple of 10tb WD Gold drives for the VMs and data. Can't see the drives I want so not shown on spec but would buy separately.

Just wondered what everyone thinks to this spec.

Maximum of 2 VMs running. One a DC/Files server and the other the CCTV VMS (not recording video just managing the CCTV streams and alarm events etc).


ASUS RS500A-E9-RS4-U SP 1U RACK CHASSIS
Processor (CPU)
AMD EPYC™ 7272 12 Core CPU (2.9GHz, 3.2GHz Turbo, 64MB CACHE)
Motherboard
ASUS® Z11PA-U16 (DDR4 RDIMM, iKVM)
Memory (RAM)
64GB Kingston DDR4 2666MHz ECC Registered (2 x 32GB)
Graphics Card
ASPEED INTEGRATED GRAPHICS ACCELERATOR (GPU)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3200MB/W)
1st M.2 SSD Drive
500GB SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2, PCIe NVMe (up to 3500MB/R, 3200MB/W)
NVMe Upgrade Kit
NVMe Upgrade Kit, Quad OcuLink
RAID
RAID 1 (MIRRORED VOLUME - 2 x same size & model HDD / SSD)
Power Supply
ASUS REDUNDANT INTEGRATED 770W 80+ PLATINUM POWER SUPPLY
Power Cable
2 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Processor Cooling
Asus Passive 1U Heatsink
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Network Card
Intel I350-T4 V2 Gigabit PCI-E CARD (4 x RJ45)
Remote Management Chip
INTEGRATED ASUS ASMB9-IKVM
Rails
Integrated Asus Friction Rail Kit
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Asus TPM-M R2.0
Operating System
Windows Server 2019 Standard
Operating System Language
United Kingdom - English Language
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Server Build - Approximately 12 to 15 working days
Welcome Book
PCSpecialist Welcome Book - United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland
Logo Branding
PCSpecialist Logo
 

SpyderTracks

Bingo Bango Orchestrator
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How many concurrent streams are you running on the CCTV virtual machine? Does that require a lot of RAM?

The build itself looks rather nice, the only thing that leaps out at me (although I'm not familiar with the specifics of the types of loads the CCTV streams would create) is the passive processor cooler, I know it's an option, but it's just ringing alarm bells in me.
 

stephengd80

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How many concurrent streams are you running on the CCTV virtual machine? Does that require a lot of RAM?

The build itself looks rather nice, the only thing that leaps out at me (although I'm not familiar with the specifics of the types of loads the CCTV streams would create) is the passive processor cooler, I know it's an option, but it's just ringing alarm bells in me.
Hi, probably no more than 50 streams at any one time passing through the server which sounds a lot but h.265 streams are very efficient bandwidth wise. Didn't have any option available for the cooling on the build.
 

SpyderTracks

Bingo Bango Orchestrator
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Hi, probably no more than 50 streams at any one time passing through the server which sounds a lot but h.265 streams are very efficient bandwidth wise. Didn't have any option available for the cooling on the build.
In that case yeah, makes sense. I would definitely get one of the PCS guys advice on this, they’re a lot more knowledgeable with this level of build.
 

richard_pcs

Moderator
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Hey @SpyderTracks @AgentCooper! You called :p

@stephengd80 I like the build. EPYC is the way to go for video compression, rather than dual Silver Xeon. Benchmarks on the video compression SPEC17 benchmark attached for EPYC vs Xeon. Regards RAM, I'd say to switch to Quad channel, it'll benefit the Infinity Fabric on this platform.

You've found a mistake in our compatibility check! This board only has a single M.2 slot, so we wouldn't be able to RAID these. I'd suggest a couple of U.2 drives in RAID would do the job if RAID 1 on the boot drive is a must. Otherwise, can you drop one of the M.2 drives out of the build. I've fixed this system error now.

Please note that these U.2 drives would take up two slots on the front.

The only other thing to mention is that the EPYC chips are really hard to get at the moment, realistically, you're sadly going to be looking at a couple of months as an estimate right now, but this is only estimated from recent buys of these chips.

Cheers!
 

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stephengd80

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Hi

A couple of U.2 drives on the front would be fine as it leaves a couple of bays to mirror 2 X 10tb SATA drives for a couple of VMs and Data.

The EPYC 7272 chips are showing as estimated 1/8/21 is this not correct? It's a shame if they are on a long back order as may have to go with Intel Xeon even though I really don't want to.

I really appreciate the detail in your reply 👍
 

richard_pcs

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Yep, U.2s would give you 2 free 3.5" front bays for HDDs.

To be transparent, lead time on EPYCs are pretty poor at the moment, so Intel might be the way forward if this lead time doesn't fit in with your procurement requirements.

Feel free to PM and I'll have a look at the Intel chassis that you think would suit you and I'll check the ASUS hub and our stock for inventory.

Cheers!

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richard_pcs

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Oh, forgot to say that I need to update the EPYC chip lead times. It's a manual process to override so I'll do this tomorrow.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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