I recently wrote about proxmox. It’s a cool (and free) virtualization environment. But it still needs to be installed on something physical.
For me, until recently, the home server was a 2011 Apple Mac Mini. 2.3GHz i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD(!). But it was powerful enough to run a virtual machine with HAOS and another with ArchLinux.
Why did I do this? Because Arch was for my daily use (via remote desktop). And HAOS was my whole house, so it had to be stable. Hence this configuration and not another. Home Assistant was stable on a dedicated virtual machine, and I had my sandbox to play with.
But… we are finally in 2023. On the occasion of active Black Friday, I bought myself a new toy. What is it? Tiny (physically) but powerful and very cheap computer named TRIGKEY S5 mini PC based on Ryzen 7 5700U processor (8C/16T, 4.3GHz) 16G DDR4 500G NVMe SSD, 1Gb LAN
Why such a choice? Quite simple. I wanted minimal power consumption, and the TDP of this processor is 15W, and a physical Ethernet port.
What does it look like? It’s total madness. I didn’t expect it to be that small.
And at the same time we have sixteen threads here, sixteen gigabytes of memory, so you can go crazy. Of course, not everyone needs to put a home server on it. This hardware is perfect as a mini PC for the home or office. And if that’s too much or not enough, there are plenty of other minicomputers out there.