[Server-devel] specs for the MSI unit Nepal is installing as schoolserver

Tony Anderson tony_anderson at usa.net
Thu Dec 19 10:07:28 EST 2013

Hi, George

OLE Nepal is using MSI pre-configured purchased through a local 
distributor. I have not seen the box they are using
at Amazon or Newegg. It is essentially the same as the other MSI 
Nettops, except in a smaller form factor and taking
only 2.5" notebook drives.

The one you linked to is the one I am using. So far the two I have 
purchased have worked well; however, the second
one has trouble with the two usb 3 ports (at 1TB, usb 2 takes 12+ hours 
to copy!).

The Corsair memory has a better price, but Crucial may be your 
preference. Make sure you get DDR3 notebook memory (not desktop - they 
are not interchangeable).

I have had good luck with the Western Digital Blue 2.5in 1TB drive 
($75.25 at Amazon).

So the budget would be:

Zotac ZBox                    192.99
Crucial 2x2GB                  46.99
WD 1TB                            75.25
  Total                              315.23


On 12/19/2013 04:45 AM, Adam Holt wrote:
> Martin Dluhos and Tony Anderson,
> Can you answer below?
> On Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 9:43 PM, George Hunt <georgejhunt at gmail.com 
> <mailto:georgejhunt at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hi James,
>     Can you send me a link to the hardware that is being used in
>     Nepal?  What I'm currently looking at is
>     http://www.amazon.com/ZOTAC-Intel-Barebone-Mini-PC-ZBOX-ID41-U/dp/B004WO8O9Y/ref=zg_bs_3015426011_3.
>     I thought 4 GB memory and a 1 TB drive might be needed.  But we
>     have about $400 budgeted and someone measured the power draw as
>     about 25 watt.
>     Not as efficient as ARM, but ARM isn't really ready for prime time
>     yet, unless the cubox materializes quickly enough.
>     George

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