AMD GX-420 vs Intel Atom
Which processor would work best?
Either would go on a super micro mini it mobo.
Intel Atom N2800 1.86GHz:
Theres also this open box one that I can add a cpu to.
Let me know what you guys think. I'd like to order asap, if possible. Thx.
Im leaning towards the Supermicro X10SLV-Q w/ an Intel i3-4130.
I do like the Quad Core of the AMD GX420.
What do you guys think?
Depends on your use case. The 3 chips you linked are very different ends of the power and performance spectrum. N2800 is 6.5W, GX 420CA is 25W and the i3 is 54W+ (+ because the other 2 are SoCs).
The i3 makes sense only if you are going to be using that much processing power and don't worry about having active cooling. Also note the power draw is going to be huge compared to the other 2.
The GX-420CA is a nice little chip and I wish there were more of them around for a bit cheaper, also requires active cooling in that link. There is graphics on there which is a waste as a router (since no HSA applications as of yet for pfSense. Heck I don't even know if it can support OpenCL). Although it does make direct installation easier.
Lastly the N2800 will be fine for small office or home but don't expect to run an intensive app on it.
So there's some information for you to work with. There's no absolute best, its a matter of minimum of price and power (and possibly heat/noise generated) to get the job done. You might also want to take a look at the Netgates C2358/C2558 board products if interested in low power.
I appreciate the feedback. I'm considering using the super micro X10SLV-Q and running a vm w pfsense and a Linux box.
Any suggestions on cpu?
the older atom is obsolete, the amd chip from SM is overpriced. (A4-5000 from Asrock is about 1/3 the price). The i3 on SM@1150 is probably your best bet of those.
You think an i3 will be enough to do vm's and pfsense?
Impossible to say without more info.
I run several pfSense VMs in VMWare on Xubuntu on an old C2D laptop. It runs fine but I'm not pushing much traffic through it or using hungry packages etc. The other VMs just generate some traffic for testing.
This is for home use primarily, not business. More to sure up the home network and tinker with Linux, etc…however, I want it to work well and be sluggish.
I looked at everything from i3 (AES) to Xeon. I know the Xeon is for much heavier traffic. What would be the sweet spot of performance at the right cost?
We still need to know what sort of bandwidth you are hoping to see through it and what packages or VPNs you're going to run to have any idea what hardware you might need.