In the meantime, I created a new server set up. Although it is not as energy efficient as the previous one, but 18 watts are acceptable for a 24/7 runtime.


It is running with a Quad Core Celeron J4205 with 2.6GHz and 16GB DDR3-1833. As a harddrive there are one 64GB SSD and one 3TB raid 1. The server case itself features 4 HotPlug slots for easy changing harddisks. This setup will give me some flexibility for the future :-)


I use openSUSE as my operating system. The reason is my personal preference and habit. I use SuSE since version 4.3. I changed almost directly from my formerly used Amiga OS. :-)


The hardware cost about 570 € and the parts list is as follows.

  • ASRock J4205-ITX Mainboard
  • 2x 8GB DDR3 1866
  • 2x 3000GB WD Red WD30EFRX 64MB 3.5" (8.9cm) SATA 6Gb/s
  • Samsung SSD 64GB 160/520 830 Basic SA3 SAM
  • Bracket - mit 9-pol Sub D - Low Profile
  • 300 Watt be quiet! System Power 7 Bulk Non-Modular 80+
  • Chenbro Mini-ITX Home Server SR30169

Who does not need Raid 1 can fall back on my previous configuration.

It is a completely fanless system (18cm x 3,6cm x 18cm) which is running on a Intel Atom N2800 and it consumes 10 watt. Additionally it has one 64GB SSD. The performance is more than sufficient. The waste heat is small enough to put it in a closed cabinet. Without a fan and together with the SSD there are no moving parts to wear out.

The parts list is as follows.

  • Kingston ValueRAM KVR1066D3S8S7/2G 2GB 1066MHZ DDR
  • System Power, AC - 12 Volt DC, 65 Watt,
  • Intel BLKDN2800MT, Mainboard, Mini-ITX, Intel N280
  • Mini-case for DN2800MT, matt black
  • Samsung SSD 64GB 160/520 830 Basic SA3 SAM

The following services are provided on the server: