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    As someone that has used a zfs fileserver at home without ECC (THE HORROR!) I can safely say: no more than non ecc ram and any other fs would.

    So Betteridges law should apply here.

    After reading, yep, carry on then the article agrees with me basically. :)

    I’d love to update my home nas box to have ECC but I just upgraded it last year and basically a Ryzen is about my only option for reasonable power usage with ECC. I’m not buying a rack mount xeon just for ECC for home. I prefer not to have a jet engine computer at home.

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      I’m not buying a rack mount xeon just for ECC for home. I prefer not to have a jet engine computer at home.

      Xeon E3s also support ECC RAM and most of them are pretty much near silent, even running at maximum clock rate. With proper usage of frequency scaling they sip power - if you want even lower power usage there are L models, the Skylake versions of which have TDPs of 25-45W. A fair number i3s also support ECC - eg many Haswell and Skylake versions (you’ll need an appropriate motherboard though).

      Heck, even semi-modern rack mount gear is way quieter than desktops I’ve used in the past. For example, I have a Dell R320 that can barely be heard once it’s POSTed (and it’s 1U!).

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        I’m not saying there aren’t other options just that most of them don’t fit too well for my use case of fileserver in the tv stand. I bought the skull canyon nuc and external storage. Most of the power draw is the stupid spinning rust.

        So once SSD’s get to a reasonable capacity that should vastly improve I am hoping.

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      Non ECC RAM will kill your data without any help from ZFS! You never want to use non-ECC RAM if you care about the integrity of your data.