HP Microserver Gen8 Intel Celeron G1610T Dual-Core, 4GB RAM, No HDD £115.94 after £70 cashback  £4.95 next day shipping @ Serversplus - £190.89
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HP Microserver Gen8 Intel Celeron G1610T Dual-Core, 4GB RAM, No HDD £115.94 after £70 cashback £4.95 next day shipping @ Serversplus - £190.89

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Found 4th Apr 2017
HP Microserver Gen8 Intel Celeron G1610T is a good entry level server. It was available for £60 cashback last month, but now it's available for £70 cashback. Good Deal & good way to start your easter shopping

Please note, VAT is applied for shipping as well. Hence total cost before cashback is £191.88
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    These are dog slow nowadays, you can get the gen9 mini tower for £30 more, seems a no brainer to me being a former owner of this model for about 6 months before I gave up on it and sold it to my brother.

    Gen9, later chipset, DDR4, more room to expand and a 300w PSU.
    But if I ONLY want for plex and file server, is this okay?
    chrisnoon74

    But if I ONLY want for plex and file server, is this okay?


    yes
    kvn618

    yes


    Thanks
    I say no once it starts having to transcode it will sit at very high CPU as it just can't cope, one of the reasons I got rid. Even with a E3-1220 v2 it could only just cope.

    For £30 more you have a better chip and bandwidth plus more upgradable in the future instead of legacy parts with huge markups.
    GoNz017

    I say no once it starts having to transcode it will sit at very high CPU … I say no once it starts having to transcode it will sit at very high CPU as it just can't cope, one of the reasons I got rid. Even with a E3-1220 v2 it could only just cope.For £30 more you have a better chip and bandwidth plus more upgradable in the future instead of legacy parts with huge markups.



    Link please

    Original Poster
    This works great if you want to backup your photos, videos, run as plex server, file server etc.. You can even get it to transcode your videos from a folder. Personally I want my files to be converted to mp4 and I do that using VLC cli, which automatically picks up files from folders and does it for me. ( wiki.videolan.org/Tra…de/ )
    I also run a batch process to pick up all pics from a folder and arrange them by date folders. Moreover its small, silent & power efficient
    GoNz017

    These are dog slow nowadays, you can get the gen9 mini tower for £30 … These are dog slow nowadays, you can get the gen9 mini tower for £30 more, seems a no brainer to me being a former owner of this model for about 6 months before I gave up on it and sold it to my brother.Gen9, later chipset, DDR4, more room to expand and a 300w PSU.



    Do you hate him that much?
    I have a N54L and I've never had any problems with it being slow transcoding? Surely this should be even faster than the N54L so why would it not be able to keep up?
    Bilbo1968

    Do you hate him that much?


    huh?
    TheBiker

    Link please


    serversplus.com/ser…421
    Looking at replacing my 54l with a g4560 micro atx build.
    Any reason why some wd red 5400 sata drives wouldnt work in this? I can see an hp option but they are ao expensive
    chrisnoon74

    Any reason why some wd red 5400 sata drives wouldnt work in this? I can … Any reason why some wd red 5400 sata drives wouldnt work in this? I can see an hp option but they are ao expensive


    They do work, I ran 3 in mine.
    Last question, I PROMISE! Will i need to buy a sata cable or do they come built in
    chrisnoon74

    Last question, I PROMISE! Will i need to buy a sata cable or do they come … Last question, I PROMISE! Will i need to buy a sata cable or do they come built in


    Umm they are hot swap bays, screw the drive into the caddy and shove it in. So no. You should watch a few guides on youtube about them before you think up any other questions
    chrisnoon74

    Last question, I PROMISE! Will i need to buy a sata cable or do they come … Last question, I PROMISE! Will i need to buy a sata cable or do they come built in



    You will only need one if you want to install 5 drives, 4 will go in the disk caddies provided
    Can't you replace the cpu in these with a cheapie i3 as its not soldered in anymore?
    nikc0069

    Can't you replace the cpu in these with a cheapie i3 as its not soldered … Can't you replace the cpu in these with a cheapie i3 as its not soldered in anymore?


    yes
    These are cheaper on ebuyer. See here: ebuyer.com/722…421£104.14 after cashback (free postage).

    Moreover its small, silent & power efficient



    Silent is the opposite that I've read about these in reviews. I don't have one of these and been put off by the reports of how noisy they are. Any comments from owners?

    These are cheaper on ebuyer. See here: … These are cheaper on ebuyer. See here: http://www.ebuyer.com/722189-hpe-proliant-gen8-4gb-ram-microserver-ebuyer-com-819185-421 £104.14 after cashback (free postage).



    Showing as £124-98 after cashback for me - are you forgetting VAT?
    Ian2014

    Silent is the opposite that I've read about these in reviews. I don't … Silent is the opposite that I've read about these in reviews. I don't have one of these and been put off by the reports of how noisy they are. Any comments from owners?


    With supported drives (such as WD reds) that have a temp sensor and the stock chip it will idle at 6% fan, it is quiet then, not silent but quiet. The problems happen with people trying to reuse old drives with no temp support and this causes it to default to 50% fan, aka hairdryer. It is just about impossible to fit a quieter fan unless you can live with said fan at 100% speed.

    Even at 6% it was louder than my water cooled games rig so it had to move into the cupboard under the stairs.
    Ian2014

    Showing as £124-98 after cashback for me - are you forgetting VAT?


    My mistake, clicked on the Business site to look at servers. Should be more careful.
    The PSU has just gone pop on my N40L, would it be to naive to hope i could just swap the GPU and HDs into one of these and be back in business?
    Edited by: "b1g1an" 4th Apr 2017
    b1g1an

    The PSU has just gone pop on my N40L, would it be to naive to hope i … The PSU has just gone pop on my N40L, would it be to naive to hope i could just swap the GPU and HDs into one of these and be back in business?


    Depends if the raid array is compatible, you would be better asking this on the homerservershow website
    Edited by: "GoNz0-" 5th Apr 2017
    GoNz017

    Depends if the raid array is compatible, you would be better asking this … Depends if the raid array is compatible, you would be better asking this on the homerservershow website



    I don't have raid setup, just standalone drives on Windows 10. I don't fancy having to set everything up from scratch again, not sure i could remember how i did all the automated bits after five years...to the week ironically!
    b1g1an

    I don't have raid setup, just standalone drives on Windows 10. I don't … I don't have raid setup, just standalone drives on Windows 10. I don't fancy having to set everything up from scratch again, not sure i could remember how i did all the automated bits after five years...to the week ironically!



    I have them like that, you can read the data on any pc so you should be fine.
    GoNz017

    I have them like that, you can read the data on any pc so you should be … I have them like that, you can read the data on any pc so you should be fine.



    Thanks
    chrisnoon74

    But if I ONLY want for plex and file server, is this okay?



    If you don't need Plex to do any transcoding it'll be fine.
    I have a Gen8 with all of my music and videos on it. Can anyone recommend a decent Linux media server for it that ISN'T Plex? (I tried Plex before and it would never fully scan my music collection, which is > 90,000 tracks
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    chrisnoon74

    But if I ONLY want for plex and file server, is this okay?



    Depending if you intend to transcode
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    itm

    I have a Gen8 with all of my music and videos on it. Can anyone recommend … I have a Gen8 with all of my music and videos on it. Can anyone recommend a decent Linux media server for it that ISN'T Plex? (I tried Plex before and it would never fully scan my music collection, which is > 90,000 tracks



    Any Linux distro and install serviio I recommend kubuntu
    OrribleHarry

    Any Linux distro and install serviio I recommend kubuntu



    Kubuntu uses KDE and it's not a lightweight desktop manager, for media streaming I'd not use KDE. Xubuntu or Lubuntu would be a better choice for media streaming. You could also use Enlightment as a desktop manger >

    enlightenment.org/

    Edited by: "fishmaster" 5th Apr 2017
    nikc0069

    Can't you replace the cpu in these with a cheapie i3 as its not soldered … Can't you replace the cpu in these with a cheapie i3 as its not soldered in anymore?



    ​You can pickup an i5 2390t from Cex for £30 I did recently and then you can use Esxi 6.5 with passthrough or an i3 3240 also cheap but not Esxi passthrough compatible if you get the 2390t it opens all options to you. I am in the process of replacing mine because the noise issues you can't control how fast the fan spins too much heat coming in the inlet and different makes of hard drives running at different temperatures and if you add a graphics card the fan runs faster. mine ended up in the loft couldn't put up with the noise. but running Esxi with a load of vms it runs amazing especially for all the itunes Wi-Fi syncing in the house everyone has their own vm they can tweak music etc. if I did it again I would go Dell t20 or the new Lenovo ts150 which is quite a bit more money but will future proof a lot more and I think the Lenovo will get a new cashback promotion soon hopefully
    GoNz017

    These are dog slow nowadays, you can get the gen9 mini tower for £30 … These are dog slow nowadays, you can get the gen9 mini tower for £30 more, seems a no brainer to me being a former owner of this model for about 6 months before I gave up on it and sold it to my brother.Gen9, later chipset, DDR4, more room to expand and a 300w PSU.



    You've got my interest. Do you know if it takes a standard ATX PSU? I've got a 450w Corsair and HD 7870 sitting around. Could potentially give me a bit of gaming in my living room - I'm still finding Steam streaming a bit crap.

    Edited by: "sfsorrow" 5th Apr 2017
    tezray

    ​You can pickup an i5 2390t from Cex for £30 I did recently and then you c … ​You can pickup an i5 2390t from Cex for £30 I did recently and then you can use Esxi 6.5 with passthrough or an i3 3240 also cheap but not Esxi passthrough compatible if you get the 2390t it opens all options to you. I am in the process of replacing mine because the noise issues you can't control how fast the fan spins too much heat coming in the inlet and different makes of hard drives running at different temperatures and if you add a graphics card the fan runs faster. mine ended up in the loft couldn't put up with the noise. but running Esxi with a load of vms it runs amazing especially for all the itunes Wi-Fi syncing in the house everyone has their own vm they can tweak music etc. if I did it again I would go Dell t20 or the new Lenovo ts150 which is quite a bit more money but will future proof a lot more and I think the Lenovo will get a new cashback promotion soon hopefully



    Cheers for this, just ordered an 2390t off the back of this. Miles cheaper than elsewhere and seems to be a fair bit faster!
    I have this server running FreeNAS 10 (aka FreeNAS Corral). After upgrading and adding hard disks, etc etc the cost went up to £739. Worth every penny in my opinion.

    Server: £115
    16gb Memory: £87
    16gb MicroSD Card to reboot FreeNAS: £6
    128gb USB Stick for cache, transmission, Plex cache, etc etc: £22
    512gb SSD drive to host VMs: £89
    4 x 5tb HDD: £420

    Total cost: £739

    I have mine in the loft running 24x7 and connected to the router downstairs via two ethernet cables running through the chimney.

    I use it for everything, Transmission (torrent downloading), Plex, running VMs,...etc.

    As some people said, it's not the fastest but you can upgrade the processor if you want mega speed. If you want to go crazy trascode multiple full HD streams,...etc, it will struggle. But if you want to use for home-use, which is what it's intended for, it's perfect.

    Mine runs transmission, a couple of VMs while streaming a couple of full HD movies to different TVs comfortably. Most clients don't need transcoding nowadays unless you're watching in a browser from outside home.

    It's also worth mentioning that it has an iLO interface, which really helps running it as a headless machine.

    Highly recommended in my opinion, and at this price it's a steal.
    GoNz017

    These are dog slow nowadays, you can get the gen9 mini tower for £30 … These are dog slow nowadays, you can get the gen9 mini tower for £30 more, seems a no brainer to me being a former owner of this model for about 6 months before I gave up on it and sold it to my brother.Gen9, later chipset, DDR4, more room to expand and a 300w PSU.


    There is no Gen9 version of the Microserver yet.
    Gen8 is still the latest version
    Yes there is an ML10, ML30 Gen9 tower but no Microserver model (just in case the small form factor is important to people).
    sfsorrow

    You've got my interest. Do you know if it takes a standard ATX PSU? I've … You've got my interest. Do you know if it takes a standard ATX PSU? I've got a 450w Corsair and HD 7870 sitting around. Could potentially give me a bit of gaming in my living room - I'm still finding Steam streaming a bit crap.


    It should never be bought as a gaming PC as you need a decent chip as well, as for the PSU, I have no idea, it may need an adapter cable. Best to go ask on a forum that deals with it like homeservershow.
    Edited by: "GoNz0-" 5th Apr 2017
    andyman5002

    Cheers for this, just ordered an 2390t off the back of this. Miles … Cheers for this, just ordered an 2390t off the back of this. Miles cheaper than elsewhere and seems to be a fair bit faster!



    ​No worries I wanted the i5 3570t because it's quad core but you can't get them anywhere the 2390t is an inbetween going full Xeon as Xeon chips are ridiculous money.
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