Lenovo SFF Refurb, worth upgrading?



  • I currently run PFSense on a Refurb Lenovo SFF workstation. The processor is an E6600 with 4gb of DDR2 and an Intel Pro/1000 with the Marvel onboard card (ordered another Pro/1000 in case the onboard one is flaky). I am a home user and beginning IT student. Currently using a 60Mbps/5Mbps cable ISP.

    At any point in time we may have the following connected:
    4x Desktop/Laptops
    1x Freenas Box/Plex Server
    1x MyCloud NAS
    6x 1080p IP Cameras
    1x NVR
    4x Tablets/Smartphones
    3x TV Gadgets
    2x Gaming Consoles
    1x Obihai VOIP/Google Voice

    Most use is just browsing/streaming netflix, though remotely accessing the NVR via VPN puts a huge smile on my face. I will likely only really want the OpenVPN package, but I will probably experiment with others because I can't leave well enough alone. I am curious if I should upgrade the hardware to ensure more reliable performance or better energy efficiency. I have read conflicting information as to whether or not the E6600 is actually supposed to be a well supported chip. I do have a Z87 Chipset that is only 6 months old. I wouldn't mind shelling out for some ram and cheap 1150 socket chip (G3220?) if it would be beneficial.



  • Performance 2x
    Power consumption down by 40%



  • I'm not sure I understand. Do you mean that if I upgrade to the G3220 I will get 40% better power consumption and 2x performance or…..?



  • Do you mean that if I upgrade to the G3220

    You could also go with a G3260 for full 1 GBit/s routing at the WAN Port and enough power to
    run Snort and pfBlocker-NG on top.



  • Is something like a Pentium a good idea? Or is it even worth the upgrade? I don't have an electric usage meter, but something tells me the older E6600 is not that efficient…



  • @oguruma:

    I'm not sure I understand. Do you mean that if I upgrade to the G3220 I will get 40% better power consumption and 2x performance or…..?

    That Pentium is faster than your current CPU and the whole system power consumption would go down ~40%