Intel Core 2 DUO

Warren Block wblock at
Tue Oct 29 18:05:33 UTC 2013

On Tue, 29 Oct 2013, dweimer wrote:

> I am looking at replacing an old mini tower PC running with a 900Watt power 
> supply (simply old parts left over from PC upgrades) with a small form factor 
> PC to run backups to eSATA with Bacula.  Main goal is to cut down on the UPS 
> load, hate having that beast of a power supply running 24/7 to only be used 
> about 10 hours a week.  I have been searching eBay, and there are a ton of 
> Dell and HP small form factor PCs with the Intel core 2 DUO CPUs a few of 
> which have 4G ram, for cheap.  Assuming I can find one that I can put two 
> internal drives in to run zfs mirror for FreeBSD install, does anyone have 
> any experience on performance, will the Intel core 2 DUO, be able to handle 
> GELI and ZFS on the eSATA disk with decent throughput?

Core 2 Duo works fine, but don't expect GELI to be fast.  Be wary of 
small form-factor machines.  Airflow and heat are problems with many of 
the smaller cases, and older ones often have failed capacitors.

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