Mini PC for small cluster

Discussion in 'Portable & Small Form Factor' started by koss, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. koss

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    I am looking for a cheap 4 core Mini PC that can take 8GB of RAM, to make up a small cluster to learn Kubernetes and Docker Swarm on. I was going to use 4 x Raspberry Pi 4s, but someone in another thread suggested that I should be doing this on x86 hardware.

    I see on Amazon a bunch of Celeron based PCs a few of which can have 8GB RAM, is that state of the art atm in low budget Mini PCs?

    https://www.amazon.com.au/Qotom-Fanless-Celeron-Wireless-Industrial/dp/B0149YB7RC
     
  2. Phido

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    ASRock DESKMINI A300W is quite popular
    https://www.techspot.com/review/1816-asrock-deskmini-a300/

    2 x 16 Gb Sodimms https://www.mwave.com.au/product/crucial-16gb-1x-16gb-ddr4-2400mhz-sodimm-memory-ab80357
    3400G https://www.techspot.com/review/1878-amd-ryzen-3400g/
    A 1 or 2tb ssd.

    Quite a powerful mini system, but Ryzen stuff is so cheap now, if you wanted to go lower end you could.

    The intel stuff is pretty simular as they are based around celeron and I think are limited in max memory to 8gb.
     
  3. T1tan

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    I built an ASRock a310 to act as a low power esxi server. 9400 + 32gb ram + qvo.

    You can spool up multiple VMs pretty quickly. Lower end CPU stuff would do the job. A second hand nuc could do a similar job.
     

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