Which CPU to choose for a new Pfsense box



  • Dear Community,,

    This is my first time posting here and I would like to ask which of the 3 options would be best for my use case. After reading a lot of articles and posts on this topic, I'm now trying to find out which of the 3 options would be the best one.

    1. a box based on i5-5250U
    2. a box based on i7-4610Y
    3. a box based on i3-5005u

    They all have AES support in hardware, so they should be be good with the new release of 2.5.

    I will not be using any wifi from the box. Pfsense will be used as my router and firewall.

    Simple schematics of my network: VDSL2 modem (100/20), Pfsense router/firewall/vpn, netgear poe switch/Ubiquiti APs.

    Many thanks in advance for any constructive input :).


  • Galactic Empire

    Wouldn't you be better looking at something Atom based, they'd use less power.

    Have a look at the specs for the 5100 if you want a few ideas:-

    https://www.netgate.com/solutions/pfsense/sg-5100.html

    I use a SG-4860 and the SG-5100 is its replacement, im on VDSL 74/18 running almost what you want to and I also run snort.



  • @NogBadTheBad Thank you for your reply. I did check out the SG-5100, however it's a bit expensive in EU, plus it has a Atom C3558 which is not only slower than the i7-4610Y benchmark it's also less power efficient) (16w for Atom vs 11.5w for the i7).

    In order to be clearer, I'm looking at the following options right now:

    1. a box based on i5-5250U here
    2. a box based on i7-4610Y here
    3. a box based on i3-5005u here

    Now because you've mentioned Atom C3558, I'm also looking at this

    I hope this makes it a bit clearer. By comparison the SG-5100 costs 799 EUR here, about 926 USD.


  • Moderator

    May I ask where in the EU you are looking/located?



  • @JeGr Thank you for your reply. I'm in Brussels (Belgium).