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i3-540 vs. MicroServer


awraynor
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So I must admit all the microserver talk is exciting and I thought about drinking the kool-aid.

Passmark gives my existing i3 540 an 100 pt. advantage over the G2020T in the new microserver.

Other than energy savings is there any appreciable reason why I should spend $500 to be one

of the cool kids and risk spousal disapproval, or just keep chugging along with my existing i3-540,

8GB of RAM on GB H55M USB3?

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Do the math....calculate the energy used and a payback period.  Given those two choices, I'd stay where I was at unless you need something for testing.

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Given the perceived lack of performance improvement I also feel I'll just stick with the

i3-540. It's slow, but does the backups and streams my dvd rips just fine for the price

of free.

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Also just realized that when I post from my wife's laptop, it seems to double post.

Like this acer touchscreen Win8 notebook, but the track pad is terribly sensitive.

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The I3 will run circles around the Microserver in terms of CPU.  Get yourself a nice little case that holds a pile of drives and don't look back.

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Well it appears the consensus it to stick with what I have. I think I'll get a RAID card for the OS drives and maybe add some RAM, would greater than the existing 8GB of RAM help?  Since the only RAID I have done is with the Icy Dock 3.5 to dual 2.5 adapter (which was suboptimal), which RAID card would be a good one for my situation. My case has a number of hot swappable bays and that is fine for me.

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No need for more than 8 gigs.  WHS 2011 won't see it, and I'm not sure if 2012 will, but 8 will be plenty.  I;m sure plenty of folks will say the HighPoint RocketRaid 2720.

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How much storage do you have and what are you going to do with the server? Depending on the capacity and usage you may not need a RAID card.

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