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Master Geek
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Topic # 247881 28-Feb-2019 13:59
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So wondering if anyone has recently got a power-efficient server for the home.


I have a couple legacy servers (ML380/X3550) that chew a lot of power and can sound like a Dash-8 taking off.


I'd like to replace it with something that can basically run the house (router/NAS/automation) and I can have a bunch of VMs to play with. So multiple cores/at least 4 RAM slots and half dozen SATA ports. Not a budget system, but not paying a huge premium for the sake of getting a grunty system that you could chuck in a shoebox (ideally it would fit in a bootbox, allowing half a dozen disks/SSDs)


I was following small form-factor Intels Denverton chipset (C3xxx) and Xeon D when they were released and assumed there would be a bunch of options down the track. But apart from some really high priced boards, there doesn't seem to be a go-to system out there.


It almost looks like the better option is to spend the same money on a lower-end Xeon E. Or rather than a singing and dancing solution, split it off to 2 systems.



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Master Geek
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  Reply # 2188867 28-Feb-2019 14:18
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I too have been sniffing around in this space...been following as a starter. he also does NAS which talks about cheaper options....


I guess budget may be one of your key drivers




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  Reply # 2188876 28-Feb-2019 14:26
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I'd go cheap. Buy two if I needed redundancy.


My house is run from a single Skylake i7 in a 3U case (large enough to use standard hardware), running VMWare ESXi. I replaced the relatively quiet stock fan with a near-silent one. A newer i5 is likely more power efficient again, and offers more cores than the old i7, albeit at a reduced clock speed.


For relatively light loads like automation and routing, there is more than than enough capacity. In my case it also runs a mail server, manages off-site backups, and handles all the television in the house (although storage for the latter is on an external iSCSI NAS). It's mostly just shifting data, which is a trivial task for any CPU.


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Master Geek
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  Reply # 2188890 28-Feb-2019 14:45
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Brian Moses had a really good run with building a NAS each year, but its now a couple years out of date, and it was hard to find the same hardware locally at that time.



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  Reply # 2188894 28-Feb-2019 14:53
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BTW I'm just reading this review of a AMD/EPYC board


I'm glad they are finally giving some competition to Intel in this embedded/server area. Hopefully the prices are attractive enough.

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