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Modular and Energy-Efficient Server Setup for Virtualization

In this blog post, I will share my server setup designed to be modular and energy-efficient, with a focus on virtualization and storage. The chosen components aim for higher core counts to support virtualization and drives with high endurance ratings (TBW) at an attractive price point.

Main Components

Proxmox Virtual Environment

Proxmox Virtual Environment is a comprehensive open-source platform for managing virtualization, providing a powerful and flexible solution for running and managing virtual machines and containers.

ASUS PN50 4800u Mini PC

The ASUS PN50 4800u is a compact and versatile mini PC that offers excellent performance for its size, making it a great choice for a virtualization server.

Akasa A50

The Akasa A50 is a fanless thermal case designed for the ASUS PN50. By removing the fan it lowered temperature, reduced noise, and created a more energy-efficient setup.


For storage, I have chose the following based on their price point and high endurance rating:


Unfortunately, RAM is limited at 64GB so I selected:

Backup Server

For our backup server, we are using the same components as our main server:

Proxmox Backup Server

  • ASUS PN50 4800u Mini PC
  • 2 TB M.2 TEAMGROUP T-Create Classic PCIe 4x4 SSD
  • 64 GB TEAMGROUP T-Create Classic SO-DIMM

Additional Proxmox Virtual Environment Server

To further enhance our virtualization capabilities, we have added an additional Proxmox Virtual Environment server using the following components:

Intel NUC 12 Extreme NUC12DCMi9

The Intel NUC 12 Extreme NUC12DCMi9 is a powerful and compact mini PC that provides excellent performance for virtualization tasks.

Intel A770 Graphics

The Intel Arc A770 Graphics 16GB will allow me to experiment with GPU processing for AI/ML models by passing through the GPU to the virtual machine.


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