I’m currently running Roon Core on a Synology DS918+. This has a Celeron J3455 processor and, on the whole, seems to do a reasonable job of looking after the streaming side of things. However, compared to the minimum recommendation of a Core i3 - Ivy Bridge the Celeron would seem to be a less capable chipset. It certainly benchmarks as such on cpubenchmark.
To provide some system context I generally airplay to one or two zones (as a group). Very seldom play different streams in different zones and don’t, currently, use any of the advanced (DSP/upsampling) capabilities. Ripped library is on a Melco N1 attached as a network device. Streamers are:
Naim MuSo Qb
Now please excuse the slightly roundabout phrasing of the following question but I’m keen not to lead the witnesses and to see whether any of the anticipated responses accord with the behaviour of the Roon core. As noted before, it’s fair to adequate but by no means perfect.
Given that the chipset in my NAS appears to fall below the minimum hardware requirements I would be interested to hear what performance shortcomings might be expected. I appreciate that this is probably a fairly broad and nebulous question but humour me - for now! If it proves impractical to answer I will happily share the behaviours that I see and you can tell me whether you think it’s down to an under powered Roon core.
Thanks in advance.