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I'm planning a home server build which will primarily function as a file server, but will serve other functions too; the most intensive of which will be the occasional 1080p video transcoding and streaming over the network (to mobile devices).
I was thinking of an i3 or a low i5 Haswell for reduced power consumption, but I'm not sure how they perform with video transcodes. I am more comfortable with Intel because I have more experienced with it, but I'm open to trying AMD chips too.

Key considerations:
- Low power consumption as it will be idle a lot of the time
- Needs to be able to ramp up to handle 1080p video transcodes
- File system will be ZFS, so it needs sufficient power for the parity calculations.

Any suggestions on which CPU to go for?
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Could do 2nd hand 2600K or one of the normal 2600's, SB is far from a power hog

nm, get the haswell i5.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/287?vs=837
Edited by driftingforlife - 8/15/13 at 5:26am
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I've been out of the CPU loop for a while so I don't know how the Intel chips will compare here, but looked into AMD A-Series? I'm using a first generation A chip, does all of the above very well (including on the fly transcoding of even 30 GB remuxes), so the newest gen should be even better. It's definitely cheaper than Intel, and I'm sure the idle power consumption is pretty low (I haven't measured it or anything, read it in passing somewhere) ..
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intel core 2 quad or duo are cheap and very good for overclock but old frown.gifthumb.gif
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Originally Posted by JCG View Post

I've been out of the CPU loop for a while so I don't know how the Intel chips will compare here, but looked into AMD A-Series? I'm using a first generation A chip, does all of the above very well (including on the fly transcoding of even 30 GB remuxes), so the newest gen should be even better. It's definitely cheaper than Intel, and I'm sure the idle power consumption is pretty low (I haven't measured it or anything, read it in passing somewhere) ..

I wish I saw that part before going off to do some more research on the A series APUs. I remembered them just after posting but haven't been able to find much solid info, but knowing that they can handle remuxes is very reassuring. I think my plan now is to get an FM2+ motherboard, and a middle-of-the-pack A-Series APU. If it works, then great. If not, I'll upgrade to a Kaveri chip when they're released.
Sound sensible?


Edit. Found the spanner. FM2+ boards aren't out yet.
Edited by [Adz] - 8/15/13 at 9:00am
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post #6 of 9
Transcoding will be @ your leasure on such a PC...i.e. even if it is slower, so what?
I would get an ivy celeron tbh...Doesn't worth paying double for a i3 imho that just adds HT.

Haswell i5 plays @ is own field performance wise, but does it worth it for such an application? I doubt it.
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Transcoding will need to be in real time for streaming to up to two devices at a time, so now I'm going to go with the i3 3225.
My logic is that if I go with the A-Series now, while it should handle it, I'm stuck if I want to upgrade since I can't get an FM2+ motherboard yet. I could potentially wait until next month and get a Haswell i3, but I'm getting impatient and from what I can tell EMEA won't get the chips until the end of September.
But, if I get the Ivy i3, I still have an upgrade path in the future.

Bonus: If quicksync is available in whatever transcoder I go with, it should boost performance massively.q
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Originally Posted by [Adz] View Post

Transcoding will need to be in real time for streaming to up to two devices at a time, so now I'm going to go with the i3 3225.
My logic is that if I go with the A-Series now, while it should handle it, I'm stuck if I want to upgrade since I can't get an FM2+ motherboard yet. I could potentially wait until next month and get a Haswell i3, but I'm getting impatient and from what I can tell EMEA won't get the chips until the end of September.
But, if I get the Ivy i3, I still have an upgrade path in the future.

Bonus: If quicksync is available in whatever transcoder I go with, it should boost performance massively.q

I would go with the I5 ivy for the extra 2 cores. I have an Xeons 1245 v2 and I can transcode 4 streams at once.
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intel core 2 quad or duo are cheap and very good for overclock but old frown.gifthumb.gif

My new Core 2 Duo server is serving me well, I've underclocked and undervolted it a bit to make sure the power consumption is lower, still need to get a power meter to get accurate power readings though, that way I can draw myself a chart of clockspeeds and voltages that work well with low power consumption.

@OP
An i3 or I5 would be great, or simply a Pentium Sandy or Ivy or the haswells when they come out.
My server does transcoding for Plex, music and videos, runs a Minecraft server and engages in file transfers from time to time and I don't have many problems performance wise If any, over network transcodes are fine, stresses the CPU alot but I am using an old Core 2 Duo underclocked to 2-2.3GHz, an new I-core would do just fine in most things and probably a lot better and faster, 720p and 1080p transcodes are fine for me, yet to attempt multiple HD transcodes though for my server, might give that a try today.
    
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