Feb 142010

Let’s price out the Athena now:

  1. Athena Power CA-SWH01BH8 Pedestal case $270
  2. Antec CP-850 850W $20
  3. Samsung SATA CD/DVD Burner $20
  4. Intel S3420GPLC LGA 1156 Intel 3420 ATX Intel Xeon $205
  5. Intel Xeon X3430 Lynnfield 2.4GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Server Processor Model BX80605X3430 $210
  6. Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ECC Registered Server Memory Model KVR1333D3D4R9SK2/8G $287
  7. LSI SAS 3081E-R $235
  8. SATA cables $60
  9. VisionTek VTK Rad7K 64P Radeon 7000 64MB $35

The motherboard has 6 onboard SATA ports, all supported in FreeBSD.

Total price, with shipping: $1,460

This is competitive with other recently systems priced but has more SATA ports overall. If paying this, why not buy the SuperMicro?

See also this FreeBSD 8, AMD64, ZFS Storage server thread.

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  2 Responses to “Pricing the Athena”

  1. Dear Mr Langille,

    I’m the administrator for a small research lab at the Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). As we are having trouble installing the the Kingston memory KVR1333D3D4R9SK2/8G on our Intel S3420GP motherboard, I found this post in you blog while searching on the Internet.

    Did you actually assembled the system specified in this post? Did it work?

    Yours Sincerely,
    Guilherme Szundy

  2. No, that is the wrong RAM.

    As mentioned here, I initially ordered the wrong RAM: http://dan.langille.org/2010/02/28/server-progress/

    And then I ordered the wrong RAM AGAIN: http://dan.langille.org/2010/02/28/server-progress/

    In that last post, you’ll see I went with Patriot RAM.