SFF options for a developer

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor Systems' started by Spun Ducky, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. Spun Ducky

    Spun Ducky Gawd

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    I am a developer that mainly works in C/C++/GoLang/Python/x86 Assembly. I more recently have gotten involved in a Java based android application. Android studio absolutely chugs on my thinkpad T440s and my power bill cries from my dual socket workstation. I want to get a power efficient but still powerful enough SFF system.

    I am currently looking at some of the bean canyon nucs, Asrock Deskmini 310w with 8700, or ideas on roll your own comparable systems. So if there is any case or prebuilts I am overlooking please let me know.
     
  2. Boil

    Boil [H]ard|Gawd

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    Does it have to be Intel...?

    ASRock has the Deskmini A300 barebones coming out in less than a month...

    It will fit a Ryzen APU, up to 32GB RAM (two SO-DIMMs), two M.2 NVMe SSDs, & two 2.5" HDD/SSDs...

    All in a 6" x 6" x 3" chassis, 1.9 liters (not including the external 120W power brick)...

    The barebones is 120 bucks; add a Ryzen 5 2400G APU, 16GB of DDR4-2933 RAM, & 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD; you are looking at about 550 bucks shipped from Newegg...
     
  3. Spun Ducky

    Spun Ducky Gawd

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    I have no opposition to AMD. I will have to look into the release date on that AMD deskmini a bit more. Thank you
     
  4. Neapolitan6th

    Neapolitan6th Gawd

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    I agree with Boil. If cost and size matters, its a really good option. Here's a link to some more information.
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    That said if you need the best CPU performance, a 2400G would be outclassed by a similar or better Intel CPU (clockspeed and higher core counts)

    The 2400G would have superior graphics performance on the other hand if you we're trying to avoid a sperate GPU.

    You should also check Intel's Nucs which feature AMD graphics. Those are about the best all around if money is not an object.
     
  5. XcPNehVYlE4A3C

    XcPNehVYlE4A3C Limp Gawd

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    from what i understand intel has the best C++ compilers and tools? maybe check on that first.

    used skull canyon nucs are pretty cheap these days, its a fantastic super-portable machine that will give you good power usage to power balance.

    otherwise a deskmini with 65w chip (7700 non k, etc.) will be cheap and powerful but use a bit more power
     
  6. Spun Ducky

    Spun Ducky Gawd

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    I ended up getting the 8th gen NUC NUC8i5BEH. I threw in 32gb of ram and a 500gb ssd. It has been perfect for my use speed wise. I may pick up a second one or a deskmini to play around with as well. I will for sure upgrade once the ghost canyon stuff comes out or amd drops some higher core count mini pcs.