Need a small form factor x86 box to be a firewall/router/dg

Levi Pearson levipearson at gmail.com
Thu Aug 8 17:03:54 MDT 2013


Forget Atom, they're really slow per GHz compared to
desktop/laptop-class chips.  Get the Intel NUC gadgets, they're a much
better deal. http://www.newegg.com/Intel-Mini-Booksize-Barebone-Systems/BrandSubCat/ID-1157-309

On Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM, John Nielsen <lists at jnielsen.net> wrote:
> On Aug 8, 2013, at 4:15 PM, Michael Torrie <torriem at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> On 08/08/2013 03:01 PM, Doran L. Barton wrote:
>>> On Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:43:46 -0600
>>> Michael Torrie <torriem at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> I want a machine that's x86 (i3 or i5), at least 1 GHz, low-power, no
>>>> fans, ssd disk, 2 gigabit ethernet ports, small formfactor.  Any ideas
>>>> as to what I should look for?  Anything under $500 is game at this
>>>> point.
>>>
>>> I noticed NewEgg has some systems like this:
>>>
>>> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856107104
>>>
>>> Obviously, this is only a 1.86 Ghz Atom CPU, but that's probably more than
>>> sufficient for a home firewall.
>>
>> Good call.  I'm also looking at a an older fit-pc (on clearance) that's
>> a dual core Celeron 847.  It's only 1.1 GHz compared to the 1.8 GHz
>> atom.  Both should be more than enough for my purposes.
>
> I've coveted but never bought some of the SuperMicro Atom boards:
> http://www.supermicro.com.tw/products/motherboard/ATOM/
>
> JN
>
>
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