This is my first post here, and I hope it's a useful one.
I thought that the AMD Zacate could be a good low power option for UNRAID, so I was excited to get my hands on one and do some testing. The motherboard I chose was the ASRock E350M1
. I chose this board because it was the cheapest Zacate board available, and seemed to be reasonably well featured, including two chassis fan connectors (one 4-pin and one 3-pin) which is unusual for a mini-ITX board.
Here is the system configuration:
Motherboard/CPU: ASRock E350M1 (AMD E-350), updated BIOS to latest version (1.10)
Form factor: Mini-ITX
Memory: 2x2GB G.Skill F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
SATA: 4x SATA3 connectors, 1x eSATA3 connector on back panel
LAN: Realtek RTL8111E
Expansion Slots: one PCI-e slot (x16 mechanical, x4 electrical) - currently unoccupied
I ran the test with UNRAID 4.7 using three Hitachi 7K1000.B drives, all connected to the motherboard SATA ports. As well, I have a spare AOC-SASLP-MV8 card that I plan to try in the x16 slot at some point in the future.
Using a Corsair VX550 PSU, the power consumption for the system with 3 drives was 40-50W. The Hitachi drives are 7200rpm models so the power consumption should be lower with green drives. With the disks spun down the power consumption was 28W.
The only problem I've encountered with the motherboard so far is that the power LED pins don't appear to work. I tried reversing the polarity in case the pins were mislabelled but that didn't work either. I've seen comments from others having the same problem so I think it's a manufacturing defect. It's annoying but probably not enough to make me RMA it.
I believe I've successfully carried out the level one testing for this motherboard and have attached the syslog for your inspection. I plan to continue testing it with UNRAID but so far it's looking good.