Most home servers don't push the CPU, so a desktop CPU won't suck a lot of
juice. I'd rather save some cash by putting a low end desktop CPU into a
readily available systemboard, rather than a high end laptop CPU into a hard
to find systemboard. Your hard disks and whatever you stick into a
PCI-Express slot are your power guzzlers.
If you really must stick a laptop CPU in a desktop, Google for the Abit
iL-90MV. It's a Micro-ATX board that'll take a socket P CPU (65nm 533&667MHz
FSB Merom/Yonah), and has gig ethernet and a PCI- Express slot on-board.
From: ilug-bounces at linux.ie [mailto:ilug-bounces at linux.ie] On Behalf Of Cian
Sent: 26 September 2007 19:51
To: tim at birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie
Cc: Irish Linux Users Group
Subject: Re: [ILUG] Computer power consumption
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Timothy Murphy wrote on 26/09/07 19:16:
> I've been thinking of getting a server, partly to save power.
> I guess many of you are doing this.
> If so, could you tell us your setup?
A server like that is on my shopping list. At the mo, I have an old laptop
with a external HDD. I would like something with a bit more processing power
than a Linksys NSLU2 and with a bit more expandability than a Mini-ITX. The
obvious solution to me is to get a new enough laptop processor (Merom or
Turion) - but in my (reasonably
quick) search, I've found few selling the low wattage processors and no-one
selling a motherboard with a PCI[-Express] slot and that you could put in a
standard case with a standard PSU. The reason I want that is so I can stick
on a SATA controller or 2 and hang a few nice big discs off them in RAID5.
Do such motherboards exist or is it just a nutty idea?
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