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I would argue that running FreeNAS with non-ECC RAM is a stupid idea, as is running it as a virtualized guest, when the data stored on the ZFS volume is important. Joshua Paetzel, one of the FreeNAS developers, has a good write-up on this topic: ...


The idea of sync writes is really a good idea for boot disks, which are key to virtualization. You want to wait for an acknowledgement. Speed is not an issue at boot, durability should be. When you need performance, go to something speedier. Performance and reliability are always a tradeoff. On of my pet peeves is when people want really speedy VM ...

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