ECC Ram worth it?


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Hey guys,

 

I'm sure its been brought up many times, but with Xpenology is ECC ram worth it?

Are there any nice/good looking server boards that support ECC?

 

As my server is on display and currently using an Asus Sabertooth board with a custom paint job.

The reason why I didnt go server before was because the boards really suck.

 

So wondering if there are any nicer looking ECC boards these days and if its worth upgrading just for ECC?

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Just my opinion, no. You won't need ECC ram for home use on a NAS.

The chance that a RAM bit gets corrupt on a home use server is almost 0.

Few links, maybe you've visted them already

http://blog.brianmoses.net/2014/03/why-i-chose-non-ecc-ram-for-my-freena...

http://www.overclock.net/t/1505839/do-i-need-ecc-ram-for-home-nas

http://jrs-s.net/2015/02/03/will-zfs-and-non-ecc-ram-kill-your-data/

 

 

 

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If you're most concerned with how your board looks, I'm not sure any argument for ECC or other server board features will sway you. I personally feel uptime and data integrity is more important than anything else with a file server. File servers should be functional and reliable. Looks should be a secondary concern in my book.

 

People who don't recommend ECC are the ones that just haven't lost data YET. Once you've lost data or had corrupt data due to bad RAM, you'll swear by ECC no matter the cost.

 

If you don't have or want to spend the money on a dedicated setup, then by all means use whatever you have. However, if you're building from scratch, definitely get a server board + ECC. Things like IPMI, ECC memory, IOMMU, and Intel NICs are features you'll only appreciate once you've had them.

 

Bottomline is if your board and cpu supports ECC, get them. If it doesn't, then make sure you get it for your next full setup.

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Just out of my own curiosity, does Synology ship their boxes with ECC? I am sure the high-end stuff does, but what about 18 series and down? I guess I thought they were non-ECC. Since they (currently) only perform XOR functions, I can't see where it would be needed. I suppose with BTRFS it *may* become more important, but I suspect using consumer class drives with consumer class interfaces that is far more likely a source of problems than the RAM. Just my opinion...

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