Anyone interested in D2500CC benchmarking?



  • I just upgraded to the FIOS 150/65 plan and realized after the fact my Alix box wasn't going to cut it any more.  I looked around to find a good alternative to handle the speed and threw together a Intel D2500CCE with 4G and a cheap SSD drive.  This morning I got it up and running and turned up SNORT to see what I could see.

    Before buying I searched for some real world numbers and couldn't find much in the way of testing.  That said…if anyone is interested in any scenarios I'd be glad to run some throughput tests.

    Quick off the cuff numbers from this morning.  I did 3 runs on each and took the averages.  The power readings are from a kill-a-watt meter and honestly were best guess.  The thing idles from 16-18 and for peak I picked the highest number I observed.  At peak it constantly ranged 16-21W.

    With SNORT and a few rulesets enabled -
    Down 153.41Mbps @ 65% cpu
    Up 69.65Mbps @ 39% cpu
    idle 17.5W peak 21.2W

    With SNORT turned off
    Down 153.54Mbps @ 26% cpu
    Up 70.21Mbps @ 12% cpu
    idle 17.5W peak 20.7W


  • Netgate Administrator

    Nice. You can't have enough real world numbers.
    What power supply are you using?

    Steve



  • Nice board - some time ago I took into account as well but finally decided for a Jetway NF99FL-525. Do you run a full install or a nanobsd image?

    Peter



  • @stephenw10:

    Nice. You can't have enough real world numbers.
    What power supply are you using?

    Steve

    I want to know about that PSU too.

    Probably the SSD helps to keep it down.



  • Very.



  • Sorry was off on other projects and letting it settle in.  I went with the picoPSU-80 power supply at Minibox. The whole thing with SSD fits nicely into the M350 case they have.  That is all mounted in my structured cabling panel out in the garage.  So far no fan needed.  We'll see as 100+ summer comes around next year.

    Right now I'm running the full install.  It was nice to play with that for a change rather than the nano I had run on my Alix.

    So far I'm very pleased with it.  I need to tweak Snort still and see what happens with throughput if I play with the memory settings and additional rule sets.



  • I think the right question was: Are you using a PicoPSU?



  • Yep.  I went with the picoPSU-80 power supply from Minibox.



  • Now…is there anything more modern on the Atom front that uses less electricity for similar performance?



  • There is the million dollar question.  From my few days of research I couldn't find anything the had more performance with less power and in that form factor.  I've seen things about Intels forthcoming NUC platform but that is still months off.  Oh and don't forget price….

    Board - $96
    Case & power - $69
    Memory - $18
    60G SSD - $29 after rebate

    So $212 all in not too bad!


  • Netgate Administrator

    The netbook atoms have better power saving features but are harder to find in a desktop board. There are also some more exotic atoms that are even rarer, such as that in the Intel phone.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Atom_microprocessors
    pfSense currently only supports x86 otherwise there are ARM platforms that fit the bill.
    At these sort of power levels the CPU is often not the biggest consumer on the board. The early atoms had a power hungry chipset, the most recent are much better. Using more ram than you need uses power.

    Steve



  • @valnar:

    Now…is there anything more modern on the Atom front that uses less electricity for similar performance?

    Yes, but they are either hard to find or expensive, sometimes both.


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