Hi All, Looking for some hardware recommendations for a budget(ish) ITX Freenas build that will live in a Node 304. Ideally looking to spend no more than £400 for the hardware excluding hard drives. Will initially be running 3 8TB WD Reds or Whites if I can shuck them from Easystores. A Ryzen 3 2300x (Pinnacle Ridge) will support ECC, and gives you a Passmark of just under 8,700 - enough for four 1080p transcodes or maybe, huge maybe, one 4k transcode. The drawback is that it doesn't have a GPU, so now you need a tiny GPU to make it work. NVidia sells some for about 40 bucks.
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The Ryzen 5 should do the job. H264 is quite manageable, but h265 is pretty heavy. Audio transcoding is almost free on resources. Alternatively you could save some money buying a cheaper CPU and buy a lifetime Plex Pass which allows for HW Transcoding. QNAP TVS-672N-i3: Best overall for Plex Bottom line: The QNAP TVS-672N-i3 was designed with media consumption in mind. You can tell this thanks to the HDMI ports on the rear of the enclosure.
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hi guys ,
understand Plex hardware transcoding is only available with Plex Pass, I currently only use free Plex without a Plex pass.
so my question is, how powerful should my CPU actually need to be?
I have 2 options right now, either
1. Intel G4560 or
2. Ryzen 5 3400G
would the Intel be more than enough to run my Plex server on OMV 4.xxx given no HW transcoding is likely to happen?
for my use case , usually streaming on local network around 2X 4k /HD streaming simultaneously, at times with some audio transcoding...
thanks in advance
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