Low-Energy CPUs good enough?

Discussion in 'Hosting Advice' started by Massa, Dec 19, 2020.

  1. Hey,
    lately i was thinking about setting up a Minecraft Server, selfhosted at my home. Because electricity isnt that cheap if you run Hardware 24/7, i was thinking about some low-energy Hardware but im unsure if it could handle a Server with like 5-10 Players max and maybe a few Plugins. RAM wouldnt be a problem, but im not sure if the real low Power CPUs could handle it. The CPUs i mostly looked at where those Motherboards integrated ones from Intel with 10 W TDP, like newer Celerons, like this http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/J4125B-ITX/index.asp or http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/J4105M/index.asp 1 would be good enough.
    Thanks in advance!
  2. No, these CPU's would give you horrible performance if you tried running a server off of them.

    Most modern CPU's are pretty good about conserving power when not in use. You could take a look at the E3-1200 series or E3-1200L series if you wanted server-grade CPU's.

    But if you live in an area with high power costs and only want 5-10 players, it might make more sense to just get a shared hosting plan for a couple of dollars a month. That would likely save you money over, say, a 50W server running 24/7 in your home.
  3. No, a 10 Watt processor won't be good enough.

    How much is electricity (cents/kWh) where you live?

    Note that if you already have a desktop system that you're using it during the day, leaving it on 24/7 with the monitors off might not be much more expensive. e.g., if you're already using it 10 hours a day, you only need to pay for another 14 hours. (Your monitor might use 20 to 60 Watts.)
    #3 Bobcat00, Dec 20, 2020
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2020
  4. I recommend ryzen 7 3700x, it uses only 65 watts. Perhaps it's a bit overkill.
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  5. I gotta agree it is quite interesting it can do all of that in a 65 watts package. (y)