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|System Name||PowerEdge R730 DRS Cluster|
|Processor||4x Xeon E5-2698 v3|
|Cooling||Many heckin screamy bois|
|Memory||480GB ECC DDR4-2133|
|Video Card(s)||Matrox G200eR2|
|Storage||SD Card. Yep, really no other local storage.|
|Display(s)||It's probably a couple of boring Dell Ultrasharps and a sacrificial laptop.|
|Case||39U 6-rack server room with HEVC and 44KVA UPS|
|Software||ESXi 6.5 U3|
|Benchmark Scores||I once clocked a Celeron-300A to 564MHz on an Abit BE6 and it scored over 9000.|
/Facepalm.Welp, better learn how to make my own home-made PSUs, then... I'm not planning on discarding my mecha drives anytime soon, if anything, I plan to add more.
Read the article. This isn't abandoning support for mechanical drives. It's simply changing the location of the 12V-to-5V conversion circuitry. If you buy a new 10-pin PSU and board with SATA ports, it will still have a way to power your SATA drives.
The new PSU standard provides the option of dropping 5V and 3.3V support to board manufacturers, whilst everyone can benefit from smaller, simpler, cheaper, better power supplies. It is 100% advantageous to everyone and has no downsides.
Not to mention that portable mechanical drives powered solely by USB cables have outsold internal SATA-cable drives something like 10:1 for the last few years. USB drives are the overwhelming majority of mechanical drives bought by consumers and internal SATA cable drives are rapidly becoming a niche product. You can already buy dirt-cheap USB to SATA power cables on eBay, Amazon, AliExpress etc.This is hardly going to make mechanical drives defunct. However, it might lead to us seeing proper backplanes in more cases, which is how SATA should've been designed to work from the beginning anyhow. The wired SATA power cable is simply horrible imho.
Also, as pointed out, it's really easy to make simple step-down converters from 12V to 5V. Also, most, if not all 3.5" drives, use 12V, not 5V.