I have a WHS 2011 box that I built about 7 months ago with 8GB of RAM and a i3 processor. I have no complaints about the box except I suscept that my CPU is not up to snuff. When I built the box I did not intend to do lots of transcoding of files, but that has changed. I find myself using Plex more and more and really like it. However with my current setup I notice stutters and buffering quite often when transcoding. My CPU usage spikes to 75-85%. If i play the file from my network share and no transcoding needed, it plays fine. I have checked and it is not my network (wired or wireless). I get consistant speeds much higher (streaming uncompressed files) with no issue wirelessly. It only occurs when transcoding.
I currently have a Supermicro board SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCM-F-O board (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182253
) running an Intel Core i3-2120T Sandy Bridge (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115094
). I am considering replacing the CPU with a XEON something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117286
A couple of questions:
1. Any issue with using this XEON chip with my board?
2. How good is this chip at transcoding 1080p bluray rips in MKV to 1080p files to play on a Roku or iPad or workstation? Could it handle 2-3 transcoding at the same time?
3. Any other issues you can foresee with my approach?