So since I told myself that I wasn't going to spend any more money on my main desktop, I ended up deciding that I was going to upgrade my NAS. I may have gone just a tad overboard.... but that makes it all the more fun. I have always loved the idea of a small form factor NAS, and my previous NAS already had the ITX motherboard, so when I found the Silverstone DS380B, I decided to build a NAS around that.
So I went with a bunch of HGST 4TB Deskstar NAS drives, since they have better performance than WD Reds and still have a great price/performance for NAS drives. The 3TB WD Red is in here too since I already owned the drive.
I decided that I wanted to go with a RAID card to run RAID 5. I'm not storing any critical information on this NAS, but it does store backups and media and whatnot, so the parity is nice to have, and I decided to go with a hardware solution for RAID rather than software with something cheaper like a simple HBA because I wanted the increased performance, and lower CPU load than a software solution (even though yes, I know, my CPU would be able to handle the software parity raid no problem).
This computer will be used as my personal media server, which is why I went with such a powerful cpu. With that CPU, I will be able to run 2 high bitrate 1080p streams plus a lower bitrate video stream all at the same time with no CPU problems, which is good because I do give a few people access to my server.
I love the motherboard, it has 3 NICs (one Intel wireless AC and 2 gigabit ethernet, one intel and one realtek), although with my current configuration, I can't really take advantage of all of them simoultaneously since I'm running consumer Windows 8.1 Pro as my OS, which doesn't support anything like teaming, which is unfortunate. Maybe in the future I will upgrade to something like windows server that has that sort of functionality which would be great for lots of users hitting it on the local network at the same time.
Overall everything works great, it's a bit more than I need for right now, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Feel free to leave comments!
Great ITX board! The dual NICs + Wireless are great if you use an OS that can take advantage of teaming, making it great for something like a small form factor NAS. Very quality motherboard, would highly recommend.
Great, cheap, low CAS timing, and reliable, couldn't ask for more from DDR3!
Not a bad NAS drive. Probably about the best Price/GB NAS drive. Only 5400RPM, so the speeds aren't amazing, but still totally great for most applications. These are popular for a reason, because they're good and they work.
Great NAS drive, haven't had a problem with these, they are nice and fast, especially compared to other NAS drives, and these stay very competitive in price/GB compared to those other slower NAS drives as well. They do run a bit hotter (and slightly louder) than some other NAS drives, but it's well worth the compromise, they work great and are definitely reliable.
Had such great potential, but it definitely missed the mark in a few areas. Overall it's built with very high quality materials that feel very sturdy, build quality is immaculate. Unfortunately there are a few big flaws. For one, I can't believe that they didn't make the case 1/2 of an inch thicker in order to accommodate for low profile RAID cards. I can't use the 3rd drive slot in this case because my raid card BARELY goes into that 3rd drive bay which makes it unusable. I'm using a standard low profile RAID card, and if the case was literally 1/2 of an inch wider, there would be enough room for the low profile card and the 3rd drive slot. There's basically 0 room for cable management, although this is kind of forgiven since I realize how they tried to make this case as absolutely tiny as possible while still fitting 8 drives. It just makes for an interesting experience, especially when you have 8+ sata cables plus all your power and fan and front panel and etc running through this absolutely tiny chassis. When loading this thing up with all 8 (or 7) 3.5" HDDs, even with the 2 fans blowing directly on them, the drives get hot. Like really hot. A couple of the HDDs in mine reach over 60 C. Had they spaced out the drives just a bit more by adding a bit more height to the case allowing for more airflow between the drives, I think it would have been a lot better.
Overall, this is an amazing case if you want the absolute smallest thing you can get that will hold 8 (or 7+PCIe Card) 3.5" HDDs plus 4 SSDs. I would have given this a higher rating if it weren't for the $150 price tag, although I understand that it's more of a niche product, I would really expect a lot of those little quirks to be worked out on such a high price SFF case. Regardless, it's still a great case, and if it's what you're looking for, you won't find anything else on the market like it, so yeah.