[rescue] Digest Why not to use an Atom as a Server

Mark Benson md.benson at gmail.com
Thu Jan 19 11:15:39 CST 2012

For what it's worth, I have a Proliant Microserver AND a Atom D410MO based
machine and they are both really cool.

The Atom box is solid state and uses about 12-18W of power. It's only a single
core 2-thread CPU but it works and shifts bits surprisingly well.
Performance-per-Watt it cannot be beat.

The Microserver is just a great bit of engineering. It has real HP Proliant
build quality, a reasonable CPU, good RAM capacity and plenty of room for
disks. Mine has a Radeon 5830 (fanless) and a second NIC in the PCIe slots and
makes a very usable light duty workstation as well as server.

For most 'server' applications really no low power CPU is ever going to
perform miracles. If low power is your aim then inevitably heavy CPU power
isn't. Low noise, upgrade capacity (HDDs, RAM, etc.) and other things are
likely to be a much bigger priority than most, perhaps?

Mark Benson


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