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NAS Motherboard N5105,4 Port i226/ i225 2.5GbE LAN,M.2 NVMe, 6*SATA3.0,2*DDR4, 1*PCIe4.0, Mini ITX Soft Router VPN Openwrt Barebone Micro Appliance DIY

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Every year, I expect that each NAS will be better than the prior years’, but with the EconoNAS, I’ve often found that they all kind of blur together. The above two CPUs seem to me to be the only viable options, unless you go for very old (and insecure) hardware. To help you with the same, we have already discussed some of the best motherboards for NAS up above. Just like any other component in your computer, you would also want your motherboard for NAS to last for as long as possible.

Additionally, PCI-E slots are helpful if you want to add more networking cards, USB cards, or even graphics cards. I’m also hopeful that people who are reading this blog a few months down the road will have a greater opportunity to still be able to obtain the motherboard. Secondly, if you are looking for an enterprise-grade SAS controller, then they can cost quite expensive.

If you wind up building the DIY NAS: EconoNAS 2023 (or something similar) for yourself, then please share your experience in the comments! Apart from supporting overclocking for excellent performance, this motherboard also features a total of 6 PCIe expansion slots which is one of the highest. Other than checking its physical compatibility with your computer case, it can also affect the overall functioning of your motherboard.

This MSI ProSeries A320M-A Pro motherboard can be another viable entry-level option for many thanks to the various features and options that it offers.This board’s cheap as hell but still more than fine for a NAS build, which was the major reason for picking it. To top it all off, if you're not picky about the exact configuration, you can get full Dell R630s, with two CPUs and some DRAM, for under 400 bucks.

Available with a choice of Intel Celeron N5105 or Pentium Silver N6005 processors, the computer also has two SODIMM slots for up to 32GB of DDR4-2933 memory. Products shown, tagged or featured on YouTube by creators are sold by merchants and are subject to merchant's terms and conditions. I’m already very confident in this motherboard’s ability to be a DIY NAS as well as comfortable with its compatibility with TrueNAS SCALE.

This thing has a BMC, so the manufacturer doesn't even need to develop a creative software implant that can compromise the host system from the system firmware, they can conveniently run on the BMC, in a Linux environment, instead of tricky System Management Mode stuff. Ryzen CPUs have been quite popular ever since they come out, making them a pretty solid choice for NAS builds. The main reason why I don't think this thing has a place on the market is that the ASRock Rack EPC612D4U-8R exists (also available with 10GBase-T instead of 1GBase-T. However, such motherboards are not just expensive themselves, but the processor they require is also significantly expensive. If I go with the NVMe pool, the SSD ports remain free for a possible future upgrade, and I can add a HBA or a better NIC in the future.

Thankfully, since all of the motherboards given above are offered by highly reputable computer component manufacturers, they all come with a 3-year warranty which is more than enough while building a NAS for your storage needs. I wonder if the mainboard can be stuffed inside a Sonnet DuoModo single egpu enclosure, along with a video card - would make a rather small desktop PC that way.There are also other server-grade features, such as the iGPU present on the board, IPMI support, etc.

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