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.

Specs:

  • 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.

Specs:

  • 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

TinkerTry SuperServer Review

I’ve always scoured the Internet looking for a good solution that could serve my VM’s with vSphere Hypervisor on a budget. My searches would always come up empty handed until I discovered TinkeryTry.com and the SuperServer Bundles.

I’ve always scoured the Internet looking for a good solution that could serve my VM’s with vSphere Hypervisor on a budget. My searches would always come up empty handed until I discovered TinkeryTry.com and the SuperServer Bundles.

I decided to make the plunge and buy the SuperServer Bundle 2. The Bundle 2 option was perfect for my needs, nor did I need the video card or Windows 10 operating system found in Bundle 1.

I should note that I am writing this review after having it for a couple of weeks and putting it through its proper paces. My initial setup before the SuperServer was a desktop machine that had two SSD’s for VM’s and VMware Workstation installed. I also still use a Macbook Pro with VMware Fusion Pro for mobility.

Coming from this setup, the SuperServer is light years ahead of what I was currently working with for “home use” and is worth the money with everything you get. One of the biggest selling points besides the amazing hardware is the Supermicro Mini Tower case and fans that are nearly silent. I have this server setup in my home office next to my desk, and my ceiling fan produces a higher noise level.

So what do you get when you buy the Bundle 2? You get a good solid foundation for working with Hypervisors or even Docker.


Bundle 2 options


Bonus items

Bonus items included:

  • SanDisk Ultra Fit CZ43 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
  • Internal System Speaker
  • 6th SATA3 Supermicro Cable
  • TinkerTry Stickers

Hard drives

Outside the bundled options I added two solid-state drives from Samsung.
Configured the Samsung drives for the following:

  • Primary drive is a 128GB 850 Pro
  • Secondary drive for Datastores is a 500GB 850 Evo

TinkerTry’d SuperServer photos