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HP Microserver Proliant N54L 2.2GHz $259 - Easter Special $8 Fixed Freight. Only @ NetPlus!

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We believe this is the Best ever price on the highly popular HP N54L Microserver. Just $259 Inc GST, plus $8 postage if required (pickup is free of course).

The freight is fixed, so why not add any of the following to your order. Or anything else for that matter.

WD10EFRX $84
WD20EFRX $128
WD30EFRX $168

4Gb ECC $49 (very limited stock)
16Gb ECC Kit $169 (very limited stock)

Type in the promocode: HOP2IT, don't copy and paste.

As usual, limited numbers are available, so please act quick! These are Genuine Australian stocks with HP Australia warranty - not grey imported.

Cheers and Happy Easter!

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    What's the difference between this and N40L? Do they need to have a firmware update/patch like N40L?

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        and power usage

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          significant extra power over the N40L, or like a few $ a year?

          I'm wanting to downpower to a microserver as I basically run my current desktop machine as a server, it's on 24/7 and uses a ton of power.

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          and power usage

          Where do you get that from? Does the new CPU have a higher idle power use?
          I doubt there is much difference.

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          I recently did the same and setup an N54L as torrent box and mediaserver.

          The upgraded processor of the N54L allegedly draws an extra 10W as opposed to the N40L (25W vs 15W)

          10W x 24hr = 240watts/day, or ~0.25KWh. Depending on where you live you'll probably pay between 15-34c per KWh so it's less than 10c per day to run the N54L all other things equal.

          Bear in mind though, that if it DID cost you 10c per day, that's $36.50 a year that you could be saving if you didn't need the N54L processor (which in hindsight, I do not- I would save my ~70 on purchase and the yearly power cost in retrospect).

          These power figures are based of TDP figures, so maybe they're even closer given that for a torrent/media box not much processing power is required. I'm away for work atm or I'd throw a wattmeter on mine to give you a real world figure with all the drives unplugged.

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          theoretical maximum $36 a year (assuming 24/7 full load) is not really going to be noticable on my $400 a quarter electricity bill. Unless of course a heap of that $400 is my current power hungry PC…(which I assume it might be, hence downpowering).

          although the only CPU intensive stuff I do is ripping CDs to FLAC and…umm…. … hmm, nothing else really hits the CPU hard, as I don't game on my PC, and don't transcode my media (just serve it to my popcorn hour).

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    Very nice pricing here!

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    What's the LAN transfer speed on these servers? Currently on my windows homegroup I get 100MB/s+, so I don't want anything slower.

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      I have a N36L with a much slower CPU but same NIC -> easily see 80-90MB/s both ways over the network with a simple RAID1 array (speeds limited by single drive speed)

      just don't try to use RAID5 if you want fast writes of course

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        why wouldn't you see a fast write speed with RAID5?

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          In RAID5 (using three disks) when you write data it stripes it across two drives and on the third it writes a parity entry (for the purpose of recovery). If you're using software RAID5 this will hit your CPU and give you slower write times.

          Read speeds are OK/good though (the more disk you have the better the read speeds).

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          If I understand you correctly "thefunkygibbon" - data on two drives and parity on the third drive sounds more like RAID-3 ?!?

          RAID-5 would effectively stripe data across all drives and effectively distribute parity across all drives :-)

          eg; http://static.thegeekstuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/ra...
          or http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/64/RAID_5.sv...

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          Sorry I was giving the example of one transaction, I wasn't suggesting that all parity bits are written to the same disk. As you said raid 5 would stripe the parity across all disks evenly. Sorry for any confusion.

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          I thought you could be referring to one pass across the drives or one transaction, but it sounded a lot more like a description of RAID-3, hence my clarification :-)

          As you say though, RAID-5 can improve the read speeds but not have the same effect on write speeds…

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    @NetPlus,
    Can you provide links to the ECC RAM kits, please?
    … Never Mind - finally found them by sorting on price
    Thanks

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    The HP Microserver Proliant little pcs seem like awesome little work horse box's .
    Shame the price doesnt come AU$200 + shipping

    I am suprised they dont have a new model for 2013 yet. Would love a little system that could support 6 3.5" drives to setup a raid 6 array

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      I've got 6x 3.5" drives in mine.

      There are 4 sata bays. Those ones are easy.

      There's an onboard sata port. That's 5.

      Then there's an esata port. Run a cable back inside and you've got number 6. You can squeeze 2x 3.5" disks into the DVD-ROM bay.

      You can also install a half-height pci-e card to get another 4 sata ports. You can buy 5.25" enclosure bays that hold 4x 2.5" sata disks. That's 8.

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        When it has a standard 6 drive bay Ill consider getting one
        Along with SIX 3.5" SATA3 4TB Drives

        I DO NOT WISH TO PUT 2.5" drives into it

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        I fit 7 3.5" drives inside mine, you can dremel the space underneath the DVD bay and squeeze another one in there. There's also a 2.5" SSD kicking around in there too.

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      But the 54L was only released in December 2012! It's only the end of March 2013…

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    Paypal and credit card surcharge? This irks me.

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    "Would love a little system that could support 6 3.5" drives to setup a raid 6 array"

    These little beauties will support 6 x HDDs. 2 in ODD bay e-SATA from back & ODD SATA connection w/ DoubleTwin mounting. OCAU & other fora have many posts about N36/40/54Ls.

    I agree N40L much better value due to CPU using so little power.

    Cheers

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      Any idea where to get the N40L at a similar price including shipping?

      I checked static ice and best I can find is $236.50 plus shipping and pretty sure this will be grey import.

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    Well I have been resisting these type of deals for the past year, but being from WA I have a soft spot for you so I have ordered!

    Will have to wait till next month to pick up a couple of 2tb red drives.

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    Will this support 4Tb drives?

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      Sure will. Only issue I can think of is you can't use drives over 2TB as the windows boot drive. But they work fine as secondary storage.

      Mine runs an 80GB SSD as boot drive, and 2 x 4TB + 2 x 3TB drives combined using DrivePool.

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        Thanks, I am planning on a 60Gb SSD and have 5 x 4TB drives. From what I've read I'll be able to fit 5 drives into the case.

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          Yep, I could easily fit another 2 drives in the ODD bay. Which would make 6 x 3.5" and 1 x 2.5"

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          I mod the BIOS, but still find is slower when booting from the 5th SATA with SSD than SATA 1-4. hmmm

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    Is it worth upgrading from the N36L? I have 4TB in there (RAID 5) and it's all full, so I'm tempted to just buy another one and slap 2TB drives in.

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      I didnt find any different when upgrading from N36L to N40L

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        The primary difference is the CPU. So if you have CPU intensive tasks (i.e. transcoding) then it would be defiantly be worth upgrading. N36L is 1.3Ghz (x2) and N54L is 2.2Ghz (x2).

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    Do they ship overseas to Asia & how much extra do u think it would costs ??? Thanks :).

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    how hard is it to setup one of these things as a raid box?

    I've had an external HDD start failing on me and I had to to recover all the data onto another drive.

    so thinking it may be a better investment into one of these boxes as an archive/backup?

    thanks

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      Easy as pie
      Things you gotta do:
      Install your drives [physical hardware] and raid the ones you want - the hardware raid is simple to use - it took me about ten minutes to do my first raid1 - you do it from boot
      Install an operating system - either on your raid [I wouldn't/didn't] or on a separate disk
      Done :)
      If you're going to do 2 x raid1's, which is what I've done, you're able to do the second raid1 through Windows using freeware called AMD RaidXPert [available online] because it's an AMD RAID controller. Or you can do it via boot like the first one but it involves shutting down

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    Better deal here:
    http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/97880
    $249 delivered from Shopping Express.

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    Hi Netplus, I'm still waiting for my N54L, RAM and HDD order to be shipped after 1.5 weeks despite the fact that your website said all items ordered were in stock.

    Not ideal.

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