Is the HP 290 the leading low power beauty right now?
My first post - I am in construction but have been learning about technology on my own and from online classes - loving it. The key is to find good honest people who enjoy teaching and I see lots of them here!
I am looking for a power-efficient x86 platform that I could use for (in decreasing priority):
“NAS like” behavior (RAID not needed) - essentially a few SSD/HDD plugged in and accessible over network - I prefer WebDAV. I am OK having them plugged in over USB3 - I have lots of these adapters and I can load most of my content into the onboard 1TB SSD I’ll be putting in. I really dont need a NAS - not yet . When I do, I’ll look into the NAS Killer
heavy traffic over ethernet/ethernet only. I do have a dual band USB3 adapter if that’s ever needed
if possible, host some lean docker containers (the primary focus is to host docker volumes on the drives attached to this device - the docker daemon can run elsewhere with this partition mounted over the network)
BONUS POINTS if I can run a router + firewall (openwrt or pfsense) - this would offset ~10W I now incur for my custom openwrt setup (that I can now decommission).
The switching fabric would probably be a 4 port GiB LAN like the intel i350-t4?
Needless to say, not interested in the super-popular T620-Plus/T730 are $130+ - PRETTY expensive if you ask me! I would love everything to be < $100.
The focus really is on power efficiency and AFAIK, this peaks at 50W and idles mostly at 10W, which is EXCACTLY what I’m looking for!
Why such a focus on power efficiency - electricity’s $0.5/kWh where I am at. Ideally, I would really liked this to have been < 20W peak if possible but this is good enough.
i. Would any hp 290 do or only the hp 290-p0043w specifically has the low power great performance characteristics?
ii. I am absolutely OK running Ubuntu server (headless) but has anyone here tried running Proxmox on it? I’m thinking I can run 1 - 4 above as docker containers
iii. Is asking to be able to run all 1 - 4 above too much off this?
iv. If not, and this thing has capacity to spare, how realistic would it be to expect to run Plex on this? I don’t really consume much media and being able to just read files off the network would be more than enough for me, but I’m wondering
If any of you here, have other power efficient platforms in your mind that would be a good fit here (AMD Ryzen 5 Mini PCs?), please go ahead!