So, what generation of i3 would be sufficient for a Core that’s mostly used for Qobuz & Tidal streaming plus some EQ’ing in the DSP department? (More probably a Linux/Win machine than a ROCK, if that makes a difference)
I’m considering moving my Core from my multi-purpose iMac to a dedicated fanless server, but don’t want to spend a fortune so don’t want to get the latest & greatest “just in case” if it’s not really needed.
Thanks! I can sort of understand why they’d not want to be 100% open on what’s “in the box” when it comes to Nucleus, but at least the requirements for the Core SW really should be actionable and not on the specificity of “yeah get a CPU, those are great”
It’s my understanding the single core base processing frequency is more important for Roon performance than the total number of cores/threads. For instance my NUC base processing speed is 2.7. I’ve seen other NUC’s with the base at 1.1… Keep that in mind while you shop.
That’s a different page than the Core requirements. And one that’s specific to ROCK. If I’m searching for requirements for Core in general (not ROCK specifically) as a simpleton user, I’d expect that information to be on a page that’s titled as such, instead of just in case going through the whole support site to see if there’s some additional bits of detail somewhere else.
Just way more options available if you don’t need to comply with the very specific requirements of ROCK. Certainly not after having a Windows computer at home specifically, but in general e.g a generic Linux setup would be about as lightweight as ROCK (which I believe is a Linux variant in itself…)
That’s true, but they only extend support to those machines they specify as supported for ROCK. Anything else is MOCK or “you get what you get”. Lots of folks bring subspec machines and/or networks, submit support requests, and are told “well, the spec of your [machine/network] is probably the root of your issue”. I think that’s fair. To the extent that you’re trying to plumb the edges, my suggestion would be to try if you have hardware lying around. And if you’re buying, spend the extra dosh to get a machine that’s well within spec.
Totally fair. For me the words “well within” are doing a lot of work. If it were me buying a new / used NUC, I’d get a 7i5. But for you, I’d just get a machine that were lying around / free and try and see how it goes. No one is going to tell you what that absolute minimum is, I think.
Modern, general-purpose Linux distros run a lot of background infrastructure stuff. ROCK uses a Linux kernel and tools, but it is not based on a distro (not even a stripped-down one) and instead is built specifically to run only the minimum that it needs.
I run Roon Server (not Rock) on a MeLE Quieter3C, so on a Celeron. Not on the preinstalled Windows 11 OS though, but on a Samsung 980 SSD with a very slim/tweaked version of Debian. Could not be happier.