Last weekend I had just received all the parts to complete what I felt was a pretty exiting build. With the primary goal of low power consumption and secondary goal of fits-in-my-house, I chose MSI’s new “Nettop” barebone:
MSI Wind Nettop 100
- Intel Atom 330 (Dual-core with Hyperthreading!)
- Small Form Factor (11.8” x 9.5” x 2.6”)
- Low Power Consumption (31 Watts idle, according to my Kill-A-Watt)
Okay, so now for some pictures:
MSI “Net_server_” Final Specs
- CPU: Intel Atom 330 Dual-core @ 1.6GHz with HTT
- This processor appears as four logical cores to the OS which could come in handy for dealing with many threads at once (simultaneous background tasks and multiple server requests)
- Memory: 2GB SODIMM
- For the stripped down Linux Distro I’m using, this is overkill. But at $19 there was no reason not to go for max capacity!
- Storage: 74GB Raptor 10,000 RPM
- A trusty old standby from a previous PC build, rated at twice the lifetime of standard hard drives and for continuous operation, this is server-grade stuff.
- Network: Gigabit Ethernet
So far, I’ve been quite pleased with how the build went—there were a couple of snags when I set out to install the OS from a USB stick, my advice: just plunk down the cash for an external CD drive and save yourself the grief.
Low Power Consumption, Kills 66% Fewer Baby Seals!
Operating between 30-40 watts, the Nettop platform sucks far less electricity from the wall than my daily PC (which idles at around 150 watts!), the Intel Atom has some serious “green” cred. (sorry Brian, I couldn’t avoid using the preppy word