Cheap ssd for dell poweredge r710

askme77

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So i recently got donated a dell poweredge r710 with 2 xeon x5550 cpu's and 8 4gb ram sticks. I plan on using the built-in perc 6/i raid card and clonimg my old drives onto a new raid array. so i am in the market for 2 or 3 ssd's ($50 or under each) to put in a raid 1 or raid 5 boot array. I've looked at amazon and newegg and it looks like the adata xpg sx850 (128gb), team group L5 lite (120gb), or silicon power a55 (128gb) are my best options.
I have only ever used corsair or ocz ssd's and would like some input on which ones are going to be more reliable, other drives under $50 per drive to consider, and/or your thoughts on any of the above. Wil be using this as a workstation with future graphics updgrades and maybe some gaming.
 

djdean

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None of these will be reliable because you are putting crappy consumer SATA ssd's into a SAS channel. If you really want reliability, you need SAS enterprise SSD's. But I dont think thats what you meant, so in truth any SSD will be fine.

Pro tip, r710 is about 2 gens old, so the battery on that perc cache is probably toast. They are like 20 bucks new (dont buy used) worth every penny to not have an error in the middle of a read/write
 

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I have no idea what you plan on running with that server rig. What do you plan on using it for? If you don't plan on using it for a server I can help you out building your own rig. Whatever you do, if you're on a budget go AMD. Soon epyc will be released and Ryzen 3000 series. Intel will be outmatched in every way. If you need more information about personal rigs feel free to ask. I don't know a whole lot about servers but I can still provide valuable information. Do plan on using this for a high speed storage center?
 

djdean

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He already has a server. An enterprise grade rack-mount server. He isn't building a diy desktop rig using a desktop level processor. AMD has no skin in the enterprise server environment, and they dont really make a chip for that space that is even remotely competitive. His question was also specific around purchasing cheap SSD's to put in his existing server...not to build out a new server.

Appreciate your contributions, but sometimes knowing when *not* to contribute is just as valuable as sharing actual knowledge.