Supermicro SuperStorage SSG-6049P-E1CR45H Review

Around the System

The motherboard, RAM, CPU, networking, PCIe slots, and RAID card are all locked away at the back of the server chassis by four screws that are hard to unscrew if you have vertical cable management channels in your datacenter like I do. If you need to slot in more RAM or replace a bad stick, or add a PCIe board, you’ll likely have to unrack the entire server to do so. It’s a small price to pay for how dense the components are in this chassis. I didn’t crack open this back area, as my server came with the desired RAM and CPUs already installed, so you’ll have to excuse me using a stock photo of the motherboard and a cell-phone picture peaking into the interior.

This is the motherboard hiding inside that enclosed area. You’ll note our 10Gb NIC slots into that area at the top-right. The RAID card sits in the area at the bottom, where the FC CE RoHS logos are.
Here’s a shot looking towards CPU1 under the shroud. You can see the RAID card in the foreground under the aluminum heatsink.
Here you can see the backplane and the helpful guides under the lid.
Unfortunately, all the circuitry and connectors are on the underside of the board, so I didn’t get a photo of it due to requiring dismantling a large portion of the system.

Adding The Disks

Behold! ‘Tis Empty

The disks simply drop vertically into place. The underside of the chassis lid maps out slot numbers if you need to find a particular disk. I only had some resistance on slots 2, 3, and consequentially 17, so I’m assuming there was some minor imperfection in the frame there. The rest of the disks dropped in very smoothly. It’s rather satisfying to see 540TB of raw storage in one 4U rackmount server.

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