I have been looking into my options for downgrading from a bulky tower for some time and I know they were nowhere near capable just 5 years ago for what I needed but they seem to be a lot better now. I was looking at some benchmarks and other tests and I am really impressed with what I can get for my money.
I have no experience with using one nor know anyone who does so I am curious if someone here knows about them and what their thoughts are? I don’t want to jump he gun and buy one only to later regret it.
I love the 1L (USFF) mini PC from Dell, HP and Lenovo. I replaced my Microserver Gen 10 with a Lenovo 8th gen i5, and it’s more than enough for me and only idles at 8w. I have esxi running with multiple VMs.
I also love the mini, micro and nano PCs from Lenovo and others. Currently, I’m using these two: ThinkCenter M73 and ThinkCentre M715q. Both has 16GB RAM and RAID 0. One is i7 and the other AMD. Got them off eBay 2 years ago for ~ $150 each.
I started to look into these more in late 2021. I have had my eye on the Minisforum X500 with the Ryzen 3 4350G. The reason being is that I wanted to set up an entertainment console with my TV. Based on what I read it is a good option.
Yeah, I’d love a 1L PC that can play games from >2018 sitting on my desk. My main PC rig is great (too big) but all the games I play are older titles, so I don’t really use get to its full potential. And I have no time to pick up any new games with the kids.
I love the mini PC – I recently replaced a Dell R610 with a Lenovo M900, and my power bill went down as a result. This is my ESXi server, and while the M900 is a much smaller and less capable machine overall, my VMs run faster because of the much-faster-per-core and much newer CPU. Sure it has less RAM (32GB vs 192GB), but that just means I have to be more selective about what I run on it. For me this was a no-brainer.
Thanks, you have a great community and I’m glad to be here. I will likely add a second mini PC at some point, but for now I’m doing fine with 1 (even though, yes, its RAM is maxed out). It just limits the experimentation I can do.
I love your ZRAM idea, and will look into that. Right now I use my Synology NAS for VM storage (other than my UniFi Controller and Pi-Hole, both of which need to be on local storage), and my only local storage is a single Samsung EVO 850 250GB SATA SSD. I really should add a m.2 drive to it.
This is a good middle ground option. For anyone wanting to save a bit but not a bottom barrel experience. You can run a decent amount of things on it and I find Fedora pairs nice with it. I set one up for a friend of mine.