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