|Processor||AMD Opteron 875 (Egypt 90 nm, 2.2 GHz, 2x2 MB L2 Cache)|
|Motherboard||Iwill DK88 Dual Opteron BoardChipset: Nvidia nForce Professional 2200, BIOS: 1.4|
|RAM||2x 1024 MB DDR-400 (CL 3.0-3-3-8)Micron 18VDDF12872G-40BD3|
|Graphics Card||ATI RagelXL|
|System Hard Drive||120 GB 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA/300Samsung HD120IJ|
|Benchmark Hard Drives||8x 320 GB 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, SATA/300Samsung HD321KJ|
|RAID Controller||Areca ARC-1220 8-Port PCIe RAID6-ControllerFirmware V1.43 2007-4-17|
|ATI Graphic||Windows integrated|
|Nvidia nForce Professional||Version: 6.70|
|OS||Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Build 3790 SP2|
Hardware PCIe RAID Controller: Areca ARC-1220
IWill DK88 Opteron Motherboard
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Although IWill has gone out of business, we decided to use one of its server motherboards for this project. The DK88 is based on Nvidia’s nForce Professional chipset and it offers both PCI Express and PCI-X slots.
AMD Opteron 875
We still had a dual-core Opteron 875 in our shelves and decided to use this one for this project. Since we used a RAID controller with an on-board XOR unit, such a powerful processor would not have been necessary. However, we decided to avoid any possibility of creating a bottleneck.