4K HDR PLEX rack server

Am looking to upgrade a home standalone NAS server currently only used for cloud file storage to upgrade a huge 4K PLEX library as well as host a home business (webhosting, email server). We are moving to a new home and was looking into building a rack for all the network and business equipment infrastructure to convert in one easy accessible space.

Dealing with 4K in Plex is a challenging task. People with Qnap NAS often get a dedicated GPU for transcoding so that other apps and processes are not affected when video conversion is active.  Some other people use offline transcoding and prepare a smaller video format for remote streaming so that a server do not need to convert it on the fly.

Here is a 4-bay 4K Plex server with on the fly conversion option:

[RS1619xs+] Form-Factor = 1U CPU-Model = Intel Xeon D-1527
[ts-983xu-rp] Form-Factor =1U Rackmount CPU-Model =Intel® Xeon® E-2124 quad-core 3.3 GHz processor (burst up to 4.3 GHz)
[ts-983xu] CPU-Model =Intel® Xeon® E-2124 quad-core 3.3 GHz processor (burst up to 4.3 GHz) Form-Factor =1U Rackmountno suggestion

 

Few 12 BAY options for 4K transcoding:

[RS3618xs] Form-Factor = 2U CPU-Model = Intel Xeon D-1521
[ts-1283xu-rp] CPU-Model =Intel® Xeon® E-2124 quad-core 3.3 GHz processor (burst up to 4.3 GHz) Form-Factor =2U Rackmount
[RS3621RPxs] Form-Factor = 2U CPU-Model = Intel Xeon D-1531
[RS3621xs+] Form-Factor = 2U CPU-Model = Intel Xeon D-1541
[tvs-ec1280u-sas-rp r2] Form-Factor =2U Rackmount CPU-Model =Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 v3 quad-core 3.4 GHz processor, E3-1246 v3 quad-core 3.5 GHz processor or a compatible E3-1200 v3 family processor
[ts-h1283xu-rp] CPU-Model =Intel® Xeon® E-2236 6-core/12-thread 3.4 GHz processor (burst up to 4.8 GHz) Form-Factor =2U Rackmount
[ts-883xu-rp] CPU-Model =Intel® Xeon® E-2124 quad-core 3.3 GHz processor (burst up to 4.3 GHz) Form-Factor =2U Rackmount
[ts-883xu] Form-Factor =2U Rackmount CPU-Model =Intel® Xeon® E-2124 quad-core 3.3 GHz processor (burst up to 4.3 GHz)

 

Xeon is also good for things like web hosting and VM.

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