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I'd like to try to move on. I want setup with a single computer (I currently have NUC7PJYH, Apacer RAM). My dilemma is NUC (NUC7iDNDN, Apacer RAM) vs Xeon (something like Supermicro X11SCZ-F, Xeon E-2124G, Apacer or Hynix ECC RAM). NUC is not cheap, it costs almost the same as Xeon. So Xeon seems like a better option - until power comes. NUC is easy to power, I have a Paul Hynes SR4, but Xeon? Something like HDPlex 400W ATX is an elegant solution, but the SR4 is probably a different level. Is the Xeon solution so much better (to possibly wipe off the worse power supply)?
In both configurations, I am tempted to use a Jcat Femto USB card - if it is externally powered, is the main power less critical?

 

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I think that Xeon is a significant upgrade. You'd have to use a hdplex 400W or teradak ATX psu or some sort of DC-DC converter such as PIco PSU in combination with your Hynes LPS - if the Hynes LPS provides enough current for Xeon. 

 

The JCAT USB Card FEMTO really benefits from external PSU. It's a major upgrade, especially with a great LPS such as Hynes. 

That said, power supply for the motherboard/CPU is still very important, even the DC cables are. 

 

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The Xeon should have better longevity as a server, especially if you are going to leave it up 24/7.


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48 minutes ago, firedog said:

The Xeon should have better longevity as a server, especially if you are going to leave it up 24/7.

 

😲 Really?

I have an 8-core Atom ruining 24/7 for years, a Raspberry Pi always on for year too. Not server processors but running perfectly.
On/off cycles, thermal cycles, can reduce cpu life, not their category....
 

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Thanks. OK, Xeon feels like a better choice, though a more complicated implementation.

The DC-DC converter would probably be the weakest part. In the first phase I could use Pico PSU for 24pin motherboard and 8 pin for processor power directly from LPS. Then wait for future options or maybe a custom cable 24pin to 3 LPS rails. But then the power section takes on huge proportions and costs.
Should more attention be given to selecting a particular processor and motherboard, or is it a question of architecture as such?

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2 hours ago, novaca said:

The DC-DC converter would probably be the weakest part


I believe that Farad had some kind of solution mentioned under ‘future developments’. This could eliminate the weak spot. Also a multiple output PSU was mentioned. The future developments section is no longer on their site, so I don’t know the latest status.

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Yes, I follow Farad. Unfortunately, as you write, their information about future products has been removed.
There are many power options, but most have no reference or comparison. If there were scales, PicoPSU with a standard laptop source "0", Paul Hynes SR7 "10", then Farad maybe "8-9". But where would HDPlex, Teratak, ZeroZone...? There is no answer to that now.
But back to Xeon. I would like to repeat the previous question that I am most interested in now: Should more attention be given to selecting a particular (specific) processor and motherboard, or is it a question of architecture as such?

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3 hours ago, novaca said:

But back to Xeon. I would like to repeat the previous question that I am most interested in now: Should more attention be given to selecting a particular (specific) processor and motherboard, or is it a question of architecture as such?

 

And ram.

 

When I first built my new Xeon server I ordered ECC memory from Apacer but the lead time was over 3 weeks.  So, I bought a cheap Crucial module so I could get the server up and running and ready for the Apacer.

 

The Crucial memory I got was non-ECC and buffered.  

 

The server sounded pretty good initially but when I put the Apacer memory in it went to a whole new level.  Night and day.  I am now convinced how much of a difference the memory can make.


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Yes, Apacer ECC RAM - I mention it in the first post (as well as the processor and motherboard that are now on my list).
Apacer RAM made a nice difference in my NUC (non-ECC version - it replaced Corsair Vengeance).

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