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  • I'm about to construct my WHS server.  This forum has been invaluable in helping me select components.  There is one question on which I'd like feedback: namely, the choice of CPU.  I'm in the Intel camp, so responses in that world would be most appreciated.

     

    I intend to use the WHS to push audio, and slightly later, video around my home.  This in addition to the file sharing and backup functions of WHS.  My question stems from the additional load this/these additional applications will place on the CPU.

     

    I have the low power (~35w) option of a Celeron processor.  (HP apparently chose a low power option for its MediaSmart server, albeit in the AMD camp.)  At the next level up, 65w, I have the option of single core or dual core processors, Allendale or Conroe.  I would love it if I could stay in the Celeron world, but only if I won't  NOT run out of gas.  Other forums, specifically Slim Devices, indicate that a more powerful processor is warranted.  My top priority is to NOT hit a performance bottleneck anytime soon.

     

    So, any advice??  And, thanks in advance!

     

    Thursday, January 17, 2008 11:41 PM

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  • Thanks much . . . precisely the sort of feedback I was seeking.

     

    One further question related to the same topic.  In your experience, would I notice a performance improvement if I used a PCI slot-based NIC card rather than relying on the motherboard's NIC function?  I.e., would the PCI-based NIC card offload processing from the CPU to any appreciable extent?

     

     

     

    Friday, January 18, 2008 5:50 PM

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  • I would aim for the Pentium E2140/60/80 chips with the Allendale core. They are pretty much the same as Core 2 Duos but the cache is cut to 1 MB. Doesn't seem to hurt performance much and great overclocking potential.

     

    There is the Celeron E1200 coming out with even less cache. But it seems a loss of performance, it doesn't match with the low end AMD chips. I don't think you get a great value with that.

    Friday, January 18, 2008 12:54 AM
  • I'll second this.  I have a build with slimserver running and it can a bit stuck at the moment with a Cel-315.  I have a E3140 ready to drop in next week so I can give you a report then.  The current UK prices are:

     

    CPU  Cache Clock  FSB  Price(GBP)
    E1200  512  1.60  800   35.56
    E2140 1024  1.60  800   43.53
    E2160 1024  1.80  800   48.56
    E2180 1024  2.00  800   52.99
    E2200 1024  2.20  800   57.37
    E4500 2048  2.20  800   77.75
    E4600 2048  2.40  800   89.66
    E6550 4096  2.33 1333  106.13
    E6750 4096  2.66 1333  114.99


     (From ebuyer.com)

     

    But at those rates I think your best with a E2xxx rather than the E1200.

    Friday, January 18, 2008 9:16 AM
  • Thanks much . . . precisely the sort of feedback I was seeking.

     

    One further question related to the same topic.  In your experience, would I notice a performance improvement if I used a PCI slot-based NIC card rather than relying on the motherboard's NIC function?  I.e., would the PCI-based NIC card offload processing from the CPU to any appreciable extent?

     

     

     

    Friday, January 18, 2008 5:50 PM