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Old 17-03-2009, 12:57   #1
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Low Power Media Server

Hi all,

I'm looking to get a dedicated server for all my media needs but would like to keep the power usage down (unlike my current desktop) to reduce costs since large amounts of time it'll be idle.

Anyone got any ideas/recommendations?

I'd like something with a bit of power incase of transcoding etc. and a CD/DVD drive is always useful eventually...

Best option I've seen so far appears to be a 'Tranquil PC'...

Thanks for the advice!
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Mac Mini uses on 13W when idle.

But if a machine isn't doing anything in the background then it should be configured to go into sleep mode (or whatever Windows calls it) which uses near enough 0 watts.

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Low power or power for transcoding? You can't have your cake and eat it
For low power media serving only you can't really beat the NAS devices. Stick to using your PC/laptop for the occasional transcoding.
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Budget I'm looking around Ł400 really...

Not a bit fan of Mac stuff...

Yeh... I figured I'd be struggling to get decent performance and low power usage... It's not like I want to run the latest DX10 crazy games!

the Tranquil PCs seem to use a dual core atom processor that I presume will be suitable for most things but I noticed AMD have just launch a new low power CPU too...

Just looks to be something a bit specialist at the moment that not many people are offering...

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