Less single stream IPS bandwidth but four times the amount of threads (8x2 vs 2x2) so I think many connections might be handled better or good enough with the atom solution.
but noise, size and power consumption are ALL issues (in that order) plus I don't mind building it myself. When you live in a rented apartment space is precious... so is quietness!
Obviously there is no price difference for an ITX case (like the Fractal Design Node 304, nice) + RAM + PSU. The only variable here is Core vs Atom processor.
1150 board + i3 4160 = 220€
Rangeley (C2750) CPU + board >= 380€
Avoton (C2550) CPU + board >= 270€
One thing I'm not sure of is if I want more NICs. For the i3 solution I can't find any ITX main board with more than 2 NICs. Intel NICs seem only available on one Gigabyte main board or some from Supermicro (100€ more for the main board only) but none with >2NICs. The Atom solutions come with extra NICs.
Additional NICs via PCIe card seem to cost more than the difference.
On top of that, the Atom solutions might fit a tinier case with passive cooling.
I need to think but I'm tending towards an atom, considering space and noisiness. Less single stream IPS bandwidth but four times the amount of threads (8x2 vs 2x2) so I think many connections might be handled better or good enough with the atom solution. Just a feeling. For fast downloads/updates whatever I can always switch on an old AP hooked up to one of the spare NICs as DMZ/guest network.... a guest net/DMZ is what I have in mind with the additional NICs anyways, plus a redundancy port for a bridge to an LTE Modem i.e.
I find VLAN interesting, don't have a capable switch yet though, so more physical NICs would simply be more versatile.
If one can point me to an socket 1150 ITX board suited for this (more NICs), I'm all ears.
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