TinkerTry SuperServer Upgrades

I haven’t posted much on the TinkerTry Server bundle I purchased last year, I am still jubilant, and the server hasn’t let me down once.

I decided to make some changes for the better on the hardware front by adding another 64GB of memory and a 250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2 harddrive.

The M.2 Samsung 960 EVO is now my primary drive for ESXi 6.5, and the other two drives (850 Evo/Pro) are datastores with VMFS 6.

The 500GB 850 Evo reserved for all virtual machines, and the 128GB 850 Pro separated for using operating systems like Project Atomic and PhotonOS for containerization (OS level virtualization).

Samsung 960 EVO M.2

Paul at TinkerTry has put in an extensive amount of time collecting information and testing the Samsung 960 M.2 after the online community had been reporting the disappearance of the drive. The remediation of this issue was a firmware fix from Samsung. I recently purchased my drive off of Amazon, and it had already come with the updated firmware.


  • PCIe 3.0 x4 NVM Express
  • M.2 (2280)
  • Samsung V-NAND 3bit MLC
  • Samsung Polaris controller
  • Intelligent TurboWrite
  • Sequential Read Speed: Max 3,200 MB/sec
  • Sequential Write Speed: Max 1,900 MB/sec
  • Capacity: 250 GB
    • Part#: MZ-V6E250BW

Samsung 32GB DDR4 (x2)

After a few months of heavy usage, I found myself needing more memory for my Linux servers. I ordered the memory from Wired Zone who sells the server bundles and had the best pricing after shopping around.


  • Form Factor: RDIMM 288-pin
  • Data Integrity Check: ECC
  • Memory Speed: PC4-19200 (2400MHz)
  • Registered/Unbuffered: Registered
  • Supply Voltage: 1.2V
  • Supermicro Certified Server Memory
    • Supermicro Part#: MEM-DR432L-SL01-ER24
    • Samsung Part#: M393A4K40BB1-CRC

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