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June 21st, 2024 14:37

Optiplex 7070 SFF and Intel Optane M10

OptiPlex 7070 Small Form Factor

OptiPlex 7070 Small Form Factor

I have tried both the latest Intel RST application from Dell support downloads and from Intel. Updated to the latest BIOS, so firmware for RST should be latest. RST RAID is set as the SATA type in BIOS. I can create a RAID mirror just fine. I can see the Optane as a generic drive, but I can't do anything with it from either the firmware dialog or the OS application. Processor is i7-8700 if that matters, though it shouldn't.

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June 21st, 2024 19:18

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June 21st, 2024 23:40

@Chino de Oro​ hmm, so I can't accelerate a mirror? So the feature that allows me to create a mirror, which is also the feature that allows me to use Optane acceleration can't do both. Ugh. This seems very short sighted. OK, well no Optane on Windows for me I guess.

I thought this feature was also promoted for Windows Server, and not just desktops? I would NEVER run any kind of a server without some sort of single point disk failure prevention. I use Optanes on Linux, BSD, even Solaris all the time for acceleration cache. Although I don't use RST to do this.

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June 22nd, 2024 00:04

Unfortunately, no acceleration option for RAID volume as you could see.  With the limit to PCIe gen 3 x 2, Optane M10 can only run at half the speed of an NVMe drive in the 7070 SFF.  Not really a good choice for storage setup.

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June 24th, 2024 02:51

@Chino de Oro​ hmm interesting, I didn't realize the M10 was 2x. I'd only ever used P1600 and P4800 Optanes for servers. I'd got a couple of these for my Windows boxes because A) they're relatively cheap and B) because the RST limit was 32GB anyway from what I read.

Given my intention to use both PCI slots, one for Video and one for a 10Gb NIC, and that I don't run anything without a mirror or parity means I was limited to SATA3. The M10 seemed like an easy bump, and even at 2X still would have been, just a little less so. Anyway, not out that much, it's disappointing though, and frankly rather puzzling why you'd make a firmware that does RAID and acceleration but not both.

I'd use them for virtual memory but frankly I configured these machines maxed out at 64GB so adding a 32GB Optane for a paging file seems a little weak. I still might though, because, well what else am I going to do with them?

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