Anyone know if it comes with empty caddies for the drives? I know it ships with one drive, but it's not totally clear if there are empty caddies in the other slots or if they are just, well, empty...
Does it need caddys though? If its like the previous 115 it won't be a caddy based product it will just be a screw it in job like a normal Desktop PC (and they will have included all the screws built into the chassis under the hood)
Just to clarify, the HP MicroServer does come with the caddy's (basically trays like you'd find in a NAS box) - As seen in the datasheet - http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/q...13716_div.HTML - The official HP drives for these are the non-hotplug internal SATAs that also fit in the ML110/ML115.
This means you can use pretty much any 3rd party HDDs in there.
Edit: Sorry, forgot - would it also take a Firewire input card in that 1x PCI Express slot? Is there any way to get a Firewire input on to the front panle too?
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I am undecided with which route to go with UAG, I am buying a T710 anyway but may scrimp on the spec more and get one of these.. .decisions... decisions...
PS. Love the review on the site.. I don't own one, have ever seen one in the flesh but its a 5 star product.
Click here to see another video which compares the size of the MicroServer with a Proliant ML115 and Shuttle PC.
this drive-bay adapter. It's probably easier and cheaper to use a separate optical drive and memory card reader though.
specs page on the HP website, so unless you can find a very short single-slot graphics card which uses less than 25 watts you're out of luck. Another thing I noticed in the Maintenance and Service Guide (page 56) is that the PSU doesn't have any additional power connectors - there are only five Molex LP4 connectors (four for the HDDs and one for the SATA optical drive) and a single 24-pin ATX power cable to connect to the motherboard. There is an internal USB port, but this would only be suitable for a memory card reader or a USB flash drive for running ESXi from.
RS785E/SB820M chipset. The are no Linux drivers for it on either the HP or AMD websites (only graphics & NIC drivers) so I am not sure.
PEX1394B3LP because it doesn't use a bridge chip (i.e. native PCIe) and works perfectly with Unibrain's ubCore drivers. I have one of these in my home computer.
dhicks (2nd October 2010)
hmm, anyone seen power draw figures when loaded with drives?
3.5" adapter). Not bad at all.
The HP MicroServer is powered by a single 200 Watt non-hot pluggable power supply. As would be expected in an entry level server there is no option to add a redundant power supply. The low power (15W) CPU definitely contributes to keeping the running cost of the MicroServer to a minimum, with HP quoting that a fully loaded configuration only consuming an impresssive 70W of power. (Source)
Thanks. I'm trying to get an all-in-one case - an external card reader wouldn't really be suitible.You could if you modify this drive-bay adapter. It's probably easier and cheaper to use a separate optical drive and memory card reader though.
I'll have to investigate this a bit more - I'm trying to find a server sutible to do hardware-accelerated video file conversion, I might need something a bit larger to accomodate the kind of components needed.The maximum power draw for the PCIe x16 slot is 25w according to the specs page on the HP website, so unless you can find a very short single-slot graphics card which uses less than 25 watts you're out of luck.
Hmm - I wonder what the performance of Linux software RAID would be like on this machine?
Samsung SE-S084C/TSBS. You could Velcro it to the top of the case so it doesn't move.
Silverstone SG01-F would be a good choice since it has 2 x 5.25" drive bays and can take full-height double-slot graphics cards up to 12 inches long.
Which application will you be using to do the GPU video conversion? Elemental's Badaboom isn't very good quality-wise (compared to x246) and it still needs a fast CPU (ideally a quad core) which would mean the CPU in the MicroServer would be too slow. The same applies to AMDs AVIVO encoder. Perhaps it might be worth waiting for Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors? These are supposed to encode video super fast.
The video encode engine is a brand new addition to Sandy Bridge. Intel is being light on the details of the encoder but we saw a demo where Intel took a ~3 minute 1080p 30Mbps source video and transcoded it to a 640x360 iPhone video format. The total process took 14 seconds and completed at a rate of roughly 400 frames per second. (Source)
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