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Posted on June 9th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Intel released a new microserver last fall. It is quite small and features a 1.86GHz Quad-Core processor and four memory slots. It consumes 45watts when flat-out, however a 30watt dual-core version was due to be released Q1 2010. Intel's goal is to have a to have a micro server running on 25watts when idle.

Intel's microserver

Intel suggest this device can become an integral part of hosting companies which assemble their own servers. Such modules will provide scalability, save power and raise efficiency. Low power consumption, leading to smaller electricity bills, will stimulate the growth of many small companies. Growing amounts of work can later on be handled with a graceful manner.

There are two concerns. First, the architecture doesn't seem to support ECC memory at consumer level pricing. Second - the price. ECC might not be a considerable factor for some, however everyone will consider the price.

Speaking of ECC and costs, another blog post proposes a different alternative to building a small server. The author chose AMD for his project (detailed argumentation is provided in his post) mainly because he gets the performance he needs, plus ECC support from a regular consumer level hardware. Power consumption is at 45 watts idle and not more than 80 watts during benchmarks. CPU temperature is not bad too. It doesn't go above 50C with a maximum consumption of 45 watts.

Victoria Pal

Doesn't like queuing (particularly at Wimbledon). Likes travelling, tennis and reading. Loves working as a Project Manager at WebSitePulse.

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