萬法唯心 – Impermanence

1U server – AM1H-ITX 5350 build

October 28, 2014 8:25 pm

Just finished building a 1U ITX server for home router, web and email server with AM1.

Case: X-Case ITX 19-02 – 1U Rackmount
Mobo: Asrock AM1H-ITX
APU: AMD Athlon 5350 (Asrock “Cool’n’Quiet” using powernow-k8 driver)
Heatsink: FM2+ heatsink Gelid Slim Silence AM1
PSU: DLH 90W Ultra Slim Travel Laptop Power Supply
RAM: 1600MHz 2x4GB @ 1.325V
HDD: 2 x 500GB 2.5″ HDD
NIC: HP NC360T

AM1H-ITX 1U server build

Did have a problem with the install, Proxmox 3.3 won’t directly from a USB disk and needed to install it on to the HDD from a different computer first. Proxmox working properly with the following VM:

  • Sophos UTM Home Edition 9.2 VyOS – KVM
  • Debian 6 turnkey lamp – OpenVZ LXC
  • Ubuntu 13.04-x86_64 – OpenVZ LXC
  • Zimbra Open Source Edition 8.5 – OpenVZ LXC

First time trying out Sophos UTM and really like it, definitely one of the best if not the best UTM (home router) I’ve used so far. Still a problem with the upload speed, possibly with the KVM virtio NIC driver. I’ve already disabled TSO and GSO with ethtool, but I can get 94Mbps download speed, but only around 45Mbps upload speed on a 100/100 fibre optic connection.

Also managed to get the Asrock “Coll ‘n’ Quiet” working with the powernow-k8 driver:

modprobe powernow-k8

vi /etc/modules
powernow-k8

vi /etc/default/cpufrequtils
GOVERNOR=”conservative”

Just a few things to improve on:

  • either adding a SSD or another HDD to making it into a raid-1
  • Cooling on the processor, perhaps by diverting more cool air to it. Currently the AM1 5350 does run quite hot at around 50℃ even with the FM2+ heatsink which is larger than the original AM1 heatsink.
  • Change to long ribbon cable for the dual gigabit NIC card to a proper 1u riser

Antec ISK 110 A88x FM2 mini-ITX build

May 2, 2014 9:45 am

The desktop I had was six years old so it was time to upgrade, I wanted something small and low power but has a decent inbuild graphics that can drive a 2560×1440 monitor over DVI-D. So, I decided on getting a ITX system with the AMD FM2 APU, was waiting for the A8 7600 to come out but that wasn’t out as early as expected, so went for A8 6500 instead.

Case: Antec ISK 110 Mini ITX
Mobo: Asrock FM2A88X-ITX+ @ NB 1.10V
APU: A8 6500 @ 1.125V
HS(F): Prolimatech samuel 17
Fan: Raijintek Aeolus Alpha 140mm
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 1866mhz 2x4GB @ 1.480V
SSD: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB

Antec ISK 110 A88x ITX build

Build went well except the heatsink samuel 17 is a few millimeters too long and the ISK 110 can’t close. So I had to trim part of it off to get it to fit in the case.

Running at stock frequency with slight undervolting, temperature of system and APU idle at around 30°C.

More photos in the gallery.