Pfsense motherboard/CPU advise
elodie80 last edited by elodie80
I plan to start my first pfsense experience.
My needs / setup:
- 1 Gigabit WAN interface to ISP modem
- Cisco SG350 L3 switch: will do all the inter-VLAN routing and DHCP server
- pfsense box: used as firewall and to NAT traffic from VLANs to internet
- OpenVPN: 1-2 users, no need to more than 300-600 Mbps, I can do with less bandwidth here
- 4 VLANs setup on the switch for all the routing
I am thinking to get this hardware:
AsRock H370M-ITX coupled with an intel quadcore i3-8100T or 9100T CPU clocked at 3.1 GHz and a 35W TDP
It has a dual Intel GB LAN (1 x Giga PHY Intel I219V + 1 x GigaLAN Intel I211AT)
Alternative: ASUS ROG STRIX H370-I GAMING
It has a dual Gb LAN, one Intel I219V + one Realtek RTL8111H. I could replace the Realtek with an Intel PCI-E LAN adapter
ASUS is more expensive + I need to add the PCI-E adapter for 2nd Intel NIC.
1- Will these boards be fully supported / crash free for pfsense 2.4 and future 2.5 OS ?
2- Will they fill my needs ?
3- If I move routing to the pfsense box: will it out perform the hardware switch ?
4- do the NICs support 802.1Q VLAN tagging ?
Many thanks for helping me
yes, personally i will stay away from realtek, probably i will chose the asrock
there should't be much difference
Intel Ethernet Connection I219
Jumbo Frames (up to 9 kB)
802.1Q & 802.1p
Receive Side Scaling (RSS)
Two Queues (Tx & Rx
many thanks, I will buy the Asrock
tman222 last edited by
Hi @elodie80 - is there any particular reason you are considering the i3-8100T vs. just the regular i3-8100? I imagine that most of the time I the CPU will probably not run anywhere near the quoted TDP (i.e. the CPU will run at a lower frequency), and the extra 500MHz per core might be nice to have if you will be using OpenVPN.
Hope this helps.
I was planning to go completely fanless
But yes, fan will be off probably most of the time anyway...
The 8100 and 9100 are out of stock every where, i will have to wait a few weeks it seems
messerchmidt last edited by
ryen 3200g + gigabyte b450 matx + dual intel nic + 16gb ram + cheap case + 120gb ssd
I went with the Asrock, it works perfectly under Pfsense and has great fan control to run totally silent in a very quiet room.
CPU i3-9100, overkill but 9100T are hard to find on stock
Used the intel I219V port for LAN and I211AT for WAN
Hope it helps other users