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This is a discussion on 10GbE Server to 8 1GbE clients within the Cabling and Network Cards forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. Server Spec: Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3 P67 CPU: Intel Core i3 3240 3.40GHz Memory: G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1600MHz RipjawsX Power: Corsair

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Old 12-21-2015, 04:34 AM   #1
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Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3 P67
CPU: Intel Core i3 3240 3.40GHz
Memory: G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1600MHz RipjawsX
Power: Corsair HX750i
Storage: 30GB Kingston SSD (Boot Drive)
10x 6TB WD Red (NASware 3.0) (No RAID)
Case: Antec Nineteen Hundred
OS: Windows Server 2012 R2

I own a small production company which have a total of 8 staff members. We are planning to move to a new office and I have been building a storage server for the team to store all project files. We handle uncompressed 4K video files so a 30 second clip is around 10GB. I want to upgrade to 10GbE networking on the server side and provide each client computer with the full 1GbE bandwidth. Is this possible without having to purchase 10GbE cards for all 8 client computers? Do you think 1GbE is enough for the client computers or should each computer be upgraded to 10GbE? What performance benefits would each machine receive in terms of read and writes from WD Red HDDs? The drives themselves have a sequential read speed of 173 MB/s and write speeds of 165 MB/s.

I was thinking of purchasing the Intel X540-T2 NIC for the server. Do you think it's a good choice, it's really cheap on Generic Intel X540-T2, Intel X540 T2 10G Dual RJ45: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics.

I want to wire everything up with our existing Cat6A F/FTP cables. Also, is an i3 with 4GB DDR3 enough for what I am wanting to do with the server? Does memory speed matter much?
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Old 12-21-2015, 04:53 AM   #2
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You might find 10gig networking to be a little pricey mate when you factor in a capable switch for all your users. 1gig connections for your users should be sufficient and could handle a data transfer of that size in approximately 2mins (10gig could do it in approximately 10secs).

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Old 12-21-2015, 07:47 AM   #3
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4gig of memory I would consider low for a server
I would never consider not raiding for fault tolerance the drives.

I think you would have been ahead of the game just getting a NAS with a 10Gbe interface
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Old 12-24-2015, 12:25 AM   #4
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vow, each one has 1Gb speed. actually now our network is just 10M in my office.
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