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08-12-2019 05:16 PM
parityboy
Quote: Originally Posted by EniGma1987 View Post
While im sure it looks nicer with a nice little rack unit, these are way better price/performance:
https://www.amazon.com/Firewall-Appl.../dp/B07FKMJGD6
And if I was based in the US, you'd be correct. Unfortunately, where I am that unit is actually more expensive that what I've put together.
08-12-2019 04:01 PM
EniGma1987 While im sure it looks nicer with a nice little rack unit, these are way better price/performance:
https://www.amazon.com/Firewall-Appl.../dp/B07FKMJGD6
08-12-2019 03:35 PM
Diffident
Quote: Originally Posted by parityboy View Post
Forgot to ask, was that board ever in your 1U case? I've seen a couple YT videos where the I/O shield doesn't fit...

No, it's only been in a 2U case.
08-11-2019 05:48 PM
parityboy
Quote: Originally Posted by Diffident View Post
I'm using a Gigabyte H270N-Wifi. It has dual Intel nic's.
Forgot to ask, was that board ever in your 1U case? I've seen a couple YT videos where the I/O shield doesn't fit...
08-11-2019 05:13 PM
parityboy
Quote: Originally Posted by Diffident View Post
I'm using a Gigabyte H270N-Wifi. It has dual Intel nic's.
Many thanks for that. I think if I pair it with an Atheros-based mPCIe WiFi card, it'll work nicely as an AP.
08-11-2019 04:41 PM
Diffident
Quote: Originally Posted by parityboy View Post
Nice to see people are still watching this thread. Based on your post, I did a search on Intel's Ark database and found the i5-6400T. I think this will serve me for quite a while and the 35W TDP is decent; should be fairly easy to cool even in a 1U. Would you happen to know a decently-priced mini-ITX board? It doesn't need dual-LAN because I'll be adding a quad-port NIC anyway.

EDIT:
mini-itx.com seems to be a decent resource for all things mini-ITX.

I'm using a Gigabyte H270N-Wifi. It has dual Intel nic's.
08-11-2019 03:47 PM
parityboy
Quote: Originally Posted by Diffident View Post
My first pfsense box was in a 1U mitx case. The Atom CPU got so hot I had to cut a hole in the case above the CPU and install a fan over the hole. It eventually died and I replaced it with an Intel i3-6100T and put it in a 2U mitx case and everything is much better.

Nice to see people are still watching this thread. Based on your post, I did a search on Intel's Ark database and found the i5-6400T. I think this will serve me for quite a while and the 35W TDP is decent; should be fairly easy to cool even in a 1U. Would you happen to know a decently-priced mini-ITX board? It doesn't need dual-LAN because I'll be adding a quad-port NIC anyway.

EDIT:
mini-itx.com seems to be a decent resource for all things mini-ITX.


EDIT2:
OK, so far this is what I've put together:

ASRock H170M-ITX/DL
Intel i5-6400T (used, ebay)
Corsair ValueSelect 4GB 2133MHz
Samsung 128GB 2.5" SATA SSD (used, ebay)
Dell (Broadcom) Quad-Port Ethernet PCIe x4 (used, ebay)
Inwin IW-RF100S 1u ITX w/250W Flex PSU
08-11-2019 01:46 PM
Diffident
Quote: Originally Posted by parityboy View Post
@thread

I'm in the process of building out a new (and physical) pfSense box to replace the virtual one currently in service. Due to space constraints, I am limited to a 1U rackmount case, so I have my eye on one of these. Everything else I'm familiar with, but I'm trying to gauge the appropriate level of CPU performance. My current Internet connection is 70Mb/20Mb VDSL and I'll be running at least one connection to a commercial VPN provider.

Since the case is 1U, cooling options will be limited so I can't choose any CPU which runs too hot and I'm guessing I should be looking at a clock speed of ~2GHz or so for at least decent encryption performance. I'm not afraid to dip into the secondhand market either, so recommendations (or at least experiences) will be welcome.

EDIT
I found this link which gives an estimated performance scale. I just need to shopping on eBay now for something which supports AES-NI...

My first pfsense box was in a 1U mitx case. The Atom CPU got so hot I had to cut a hole in the case above the CPU and install a fan over the hole. It eventually died and I replaced it with an Intel i3-6100T and put it in a 2U mitx case and everything is much better.
08-11-2019 01:17 PM
parityboy @thread

I'm in the process of building out a new (and physical) pfSense box to replace the virtual one currently in service. Due to space constraints, I am limited to a 1U rackmount case, so I have my eye on one of these. Everything else I'm familiar with, but I'm trying to gauge the appropriate level of CPU performance. My current Internet connection is 70Mb/20Mb VDSL and I'll be running at least one connection to a commercial VPN provider.

Since the case is 1U, cooling options will be limited so I can't choose any CPU which runs too hot and I'm guessing I should be looking at a clock speed of ~2GHz or so for at least decent encryption performance. I'm not afraid to dip into the secondhand market either, so recommendations (or at least experiences) will be welcome.

EDIT
I found this link which gives an estimated performance scale. I just need to go shopping on eBay now for something which supports AES-NI...
06-06-2019 08:13 PM
Prophet4NO1 I have mine running on adaptive with a 1Gig fiber connection and multiple vlans. Never noticed any issues. I have multiple servers running behind the firewall as well. Some for outside things like games and teamspeak. The CPU is an E3-1231 V3. Been running for a few years and never had an issue as described. Not sure why it would effect anyhting. It's not like the CPU gets much actual load unless you are doing a lot of scanning/inspecting of packets.

Do you have any more details on what seems to cause these issues in relation to the power settings? Maybe some decent writeups?
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