My server is basically:
16 GB - ECC
It handles most things very well for what I need. It pulls double duty as my file and media server.
Recently, I've added a couple of 4K media files and it seems that the Xeon just struggles if any transcoding needs to take place on them. I realize that it's more complicated than that, but I get buffering on anything other than a direct play/stream.
I recently got a small bonus from work, and I was considering an upgrade for my normal gaming/workstation rig to a 3700X, keeping everything else the same.
The question is, is it worth it to upgrade my server by passing down the Ryzen 7 1700?
Basically that would involve the purchase of a new MB and ECC RAM to make the switch.
At the moment I'm considering:
AsRock Rack X470D4U - $260
2x16GB ECC UDIMM - $180-200
I like to use server grade components wherever possible. I realize I could do it cheaper with consumer grade stuff.
So that's a pretty expensive upgrade for ~+4000 Passmark. I'll also gain a lower TDP and double the physical cores. The question is... will that CPU handle 4K content? Or is it also borderline?
Of course there is also the "@Doofus Approved" nuclear option which is to get the 3900X or 3950X for the server as well.... but at least this would put me part of the way there.