14
Apr
2016

2016 NAS: Intel Core i3 4360T

So in this ongoing series, I am reviewing parts of my newly constructed NAS! I have introduced the whole system, and the rockin ASRock server board I am using – but now it’s time to look at the brains of the system:

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That is the Intel Core i3-4360T. I searched around for reviews of this product, but I could only find some for the full 4360 (non-T). This is a 35W TDP chip, and there are some good reasons I went for this:

  • Low power consumption under load
  • Low heat output

The case I am using requires that I use a low-profile CPU cooler. The stock Intel cooler does not fit in the case I’m using (A clone of the Norco ITX-S4). Nonetheless, I did get a stock cooler just in case it happened to fit:

That is the lowest profile stock cooler Intel did, and it is too tall. Instead, I went with the Akasa K25 low profile cooler:

With the fan speed turned down to minimum (~1000 RPM and barely audible), the CPU just about reaches 60 degrees Celsius. That is perfectly fine for me, and the system is going to be spending 99% of it’s time chilling at idle and serving files.

Right, that’s the physical aspects out of the way! Now, it is time to talk about performance!

Geekbench 3 (link):

  • Single core: 2816
  • Multi core: 6080

Comparison: My AMD FX6300 gets 2032 and 7976 respectively. Consider this: this CPU gets 75% of the performance of a six-core AMD chip for a similar price, but at a much, much lower TDP (35W vs 95W).

Considering the low TDP, we can look on Passmark to see the performance-per-watt:

  • i3 4360T Passmark score: 4599 points. 4599/35W = 131.4 points/watt
  • FX6300 Passmark score: 6343 points. 6343/95W = 66.8 points/watt
  • Celeron N2830 Passmark: 993 points. 993/7.5 = 132.4 points/watt

Wow. This thing very almost reaches the power efficiency of my Intel NUC! That is saying a lot, since that thing is a 7.5W part.

As for real world performance, it is total overkill if you are just using this for file-serving. This chip is perfect for a home Plex server. I have used it for on-the-fly transcoding to four devices at once, and it made it look easy. Plex gives you a rough idea that you need 2000 passmark points per 1080p stream, and this thing pushes 4600. Plenty for my needs. And if I do (somehow) need more, I can just upgrade to an i5/i7!

So, overall, this thing is a beast. It has hardware encryption support, virtualisation and all the modern extensions (AVX2 etc), which make video encoding faster. I give this a 10/10 and cannot fault it for the performance it gives. Stay tuned for the next review: the case!

2016 NAS: ASRock Rack E3C224D2I
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