SilverStone CS280 NAS Configuration
Here is the platform we used for our SilverStone CS280 NAS testing:
- Case: SilverStone CS280
- Motherboard: Asrock Rack EPC621D4I-2M
- CPU: Intel Xeon Gold 6134 (8 core / 16 Threads)
- Cooling: Dynatron LGA 3647 B5
- RAM: 4x Crucial 8GB SODIMM DDR4-2666 (32GB Total)
- Hard Drives: 4x Seagate ST300MP0005 2.5” 300GB SAS hard drives
- RAID Controller: Broadcom SAS9300-8i
- OS SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
- OS: FreeNAS
We had the chance to use all eight drives, but we wanted to get something to compare to a few of our other 1GbE NAS units we test. The 4x 15k rpm Seagate drives combined with the Intel Xeon Gold CPU is a bit out there, but we wanted to push this small box hard. SATA SSDs posed no issue cooling wise so we are using this as a harder case.
SilverStone CS280 NAS with FreeNAS
The operating system we will be using is FreeNAS-11. FreeNAS installs very quickly. After the install completes we see the main FreeNAS dashboard.
From here we added our 4x Seagate 300GB 2.5” SAS HDDs into a storage pool.
Below the drive list, there is a FreeNAS RAID type selector, we cycled through the available RAID types for our tests.
With our storage pool created we added a Shared Data Set, created a Windows-based Share, then a user and gave that user the needed permissions.
This is not as easy as buying a Synology or QNAP NAS, but it is fairly easy at this point. FreeNAS is going to add more wizards to help make configuration even easier in the next few months.
Now that we have the SilverStone CS280 NAS with FreeNAS installed and configured let us continue on with testing and power use.