I thought I’d do a little write up to highlight the massive gap in processing power between my old Acer H340 Home Server, and my new HP Microserver running the new AMD Neo processor.

Intel Atom 230 @ 1.60GHz
CPU Mark: 338.3
2D Graphics Mark: 62.1
Memory Mark: 253.5
Disk Mark: 756.2
PassMark Rating: 226.4
AMD Athlon II Neo N36L Dual-Core @ 1.3ghz
CPU Mark: 877.7
2D Graphics Mark: 238.4
Memory Mark: 185.7
Disk Mark: 762.5
PassMark Rating: 450.2

The leap in performance is quite impressive, almost 2.5x faster processor, which translates to a significate performance gain when running the next version of Home Server, that’s build onto the Windows Server 2008 R2/Windows 7 codebase.

What’s a little odd is that the HP doesn’t beat the old Acer on memory performance, considering that it’s fitted with 1066 ECC memory, although at the time of testing it was only a single 1gb stick, where as it’s now been upgraded to 2x2gb sticks.

The disk performance is very consistent, but it is using the same disks in both, so the controller had very little effect.

Obviously if you’re looking for raw performance you’re better off with a Core i3 or i5 based machine, but if you plan to run Home Server 24/7 in the home, but still want to have enough power to rip hard media, and transcode content on the fly, this is an idea platform, as its processor only draws 15W.

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