Wednesday, August 20, 2008

FreeNAS 0.7 on a Intel D945GCLF

The Intel D945GCLF will be my new Homeserver. Currently I am using a QNAP TS-209 but it is not optimal for my requirements. As I am using often big files (videos from my HD Camera) and I have lots of photos, the QNAP is a littlebit too slow. 

I've installed FreeNAS 0.7 AMD64 (revision 3514) on that Motherboard.

CPU: Intel Atom processor 230 @ 1.6GHz (standard)
Mem: 2 GB RAM (Kingston KVR667DSN5/2G)
Harddisk: 1x SAMSUNG HD103UJ (configured as a ZPOOL)
Network: Intel Pro/1000 GT

The HELIOS LAN Test showed me up to 45-55 MByte/s Read and Write...

9 comments:

falkatfreenas said...

Hi,

bin ja mal auf den im September erscheindenen Atom 330 samt Board (GiaEthernet) gespannt - d├╝rfte eine tolle FreeNAS - Plattform ergeben.

Gruss

Falk

harryd said...

Hi Falk,

I'm also looking forward to the new Board and CPU. The GigE-Nic is a wonderfull improvement.

Regards,

harryd

neosliver said...

Hello,

I have also bought this motherboard for a NAS, but the FreeNAS version i have installed doesn't detect the onboard network card, do you know if it is detected in your version ?

thanks

harryd said...

Hi neosilver,

unfortunately the onboard NIC doesn't work with FreeBSD. (Try Google :-) )
I've installed a Intel Pro/1000 GT.

Regards,

harryd

derx said...

Hi,

did you also try this board with a softraid5 setup? I'm quite interested if the atom can perform the raid5 calculations and at the same time deliver enough network speed (50+ MB/s).

regards

derx

harryd said...

Hi derx,

as there are only two SATA-Ports onboard and I've used the PCI-Slot for a GigE-NIC, it was not possible to test RAID5.
AND the onboard NIC (100MBit/s) doesn't work with the current versions of FreeNAS (FreeBSD).

Regards,

harryd

derx said...

Hi,

That's too bad. I'm looking for an exremely low power (eg. Intel Atom or the new athlon 2000+) freenas setup, which can deliver 50+MB/s on a 4x1TB RAID5 setup. So the mobo has to have 4x SATA, onboard graphics. Nic doesn't matter becasue I'm going to use an intel 1000T Pro pci-e. Booting will be done from cdrom/usb/cfcard.
I'm just worried that the lowpower cpu's/mobo's can't deliver the performance needed to calculate the raid5 parity at 50+ MB/s, while at the same time the northbridge gets to do the disktransfer/network transfer/memory transfer.
I just wish I had the money to get both systems (eg. 1 atom mobo with atleast 4sata ports and an pci-e port, and an athlon 2000+ + mobo) to test this... Actually I'm quite surprised that nobody else has tested this already :)

regards,

derx

pulp said...

Here's my video, proof Freenas 0.7 (stable) works with the Atom Processor on the D945GCLF Intel Motherboard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SROA6Yn6i-4

harryd said...

Hi pulp,

thanks for sharing :-)