[nSLUG] Low power upgrade for PIII home server

Oliver Baltzer oliver at hytek.org
Sun Aug 24 23:25:40 ADT 2008

On 24/08/08 11:09 PM, Ian Campbell was heard to say:
> On Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 09:59:09PM -0300, D G Teed wrote:
>> [...]
>> I don't know if Intel's Atom processor can be used in an ATX motherboard
>> scenario, but the AMD 64 2000+ processor is compatible with regular
>> sockets, so if one could locate a place selling an ATX motherboard with
>> the AMD 780G chipset, this would be a nice low power solution
>> for home servers which stay up 24x7 but have low utilization.
> I think you're trying too hard (or not hard enough, not sure.)
> The future looks fine for low power systems. An E8400 (the new-ish
> 45nm dual-3.0ghz intel chip...) draws 65W under load, and Speedstep
> and friends make sure you'll stay well under that basically all of the
> time... and those numbers are only going to drop. Low power is the new
> GHz.
> Old hardware is not always your friend.
> You could also ditch Intel and look at VIA instead.
> ... or you could just ditch the second cpu.
> ... or not upgrade at all. Exactly how beefy a file server do you
> really need?  

Really! A USB-enabled wireless router uses well below 10W (maybe 15W
with low power HD or even flash) and should be more than enough to
handle a couple or thousand spam emails a day and 100 Mbps file transfers.

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