Mainboard as Home Server

So I replaced two servers at home this weekend with a 1240p main board. The two old servers were a SuperMicro E200-8D and a Intel Skull Canyon. The former was running the bulk of the containers, and the latter was running the containers that needed the ability to transcode video and was functioning as a NAS, connected to a Thunderbolt DAS.

The 1240P board was roughly equivalent to both old machines combined in Geekbench, so I figured might as well get started. Installed Ubuntu server, connected the DAS and got ZFS online, copied the containers over, and changed the local dns entries to the new server.

Been a few days now, and this this is working like a champ. Running 49 containers and supporting a 4 drive, 54 TB RaidZ1 “NAS”.


I genuinely love the box case, extra sustainability! :purple_heart:


It won’t last long. 3d printer just arrive. I could buy the mainboard and a 3d printer for the price of an equivalent nuc, so I went that route


I’m planning on doing the same thing. I already 3d printed the case, and I am just waiting on some expansion cards. Basically, I don’t think I’ll have any problems, but I am worried about sustained loads and temps. Something I’ll be keeping an eye on.

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Here is what I am seeing for temperatures. Temp5 is incorrect iirc as it has been that values and hasn’t changed

Adapter: PCI adapter
Composite:    +43.9°C  (low  = -20.1°C, high = +83.8°C)
                       (crit = +88.8°C)
ERROR: Can't get value of subfeature temp3_min: I/O error
ERROR: Can't get value of subfeature temp3_max: I/O error
Sensor 2:     +64.8°C  (low  =  +0.0°C, high =  +0.0°C)
Adapter: ISA adapter
Package id 0:  +49.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 0:        +48.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 4:        +45.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 8:        +44.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 12:       +44.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 16:       +48.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 17:       +48.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 18:       +48.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 19:       +48.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 20:       +46.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 21:       +46.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 22:       +46.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Core 23:       +46.0°C  (high = +100.0°C, crit = +100.0°C)
Adapter: ACPI interface
temp1:        +49.8°C  (crit = +210.0°C)
temp2:        +47.8°C  (crit = +210.0°C)
temp3:        +47.8°C  (crit = +210.0°C)
temp4:        +46.8°C  (crit = +210.0°C)
temp5:       +180.8°C  (crit = +210.0°C)