04 February 2009

Atom based green media server

So, I decided to get more green or greener. Instead of Intel quad processor platform I go to more moderate Atom plaform.

2 x 1.0 TB SATA HDD in RAID 1 (mirrored)
MB MITX Intel Little Falls D945GCLF;
Intel 945GC/ICH7 chipset;
Atom 230 (1.6GHz, 512KB); RAM 1x DDR2 667 2GB;
10/100 LAN, 6xUSB2; 
Intel GMA950

One might ask, why I didnt go to NAS, easy and cheap. Because of certain requirements:
  • easy to install and manage Twonky media server software
  • possibility to use BitTorrent client
  • possibility to unpack .rar and .zip files (lot of 4+ GB .mkv's are breaked down to dozens of .rar pieces)
My current server pulls from the wall about 170 Watts. Knowing that Atom uses some 4 Watts and about the same chipset, power drop should be considerable. 

After the break new readings...


Bonitillo said...

I have actually gone and done the same thing as you, except I used a single 1.5TB drive with Kubuntu. I did have a question for you. Do you experience any issues with Twonky and the processor? I am experiencing some disconnects when watching a movie. It never happened on my old 3.4ghz system with XP.

Just wanted to see if you are having success with your setup.

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