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CPU suggestion for Plex@FreeNAS? – Better than Intel Core i3-4370?

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FreeNAS Version#: 11.2-U5
Plex Server Version#: 1.16.5.1554


I run the latest Plex Server on FreeNAS, which is using an ASRock E3C226D2I motherboard with Intel Core i3-4370 | (CPUBenchmarknet) | (CPUMonkey), 16 GB RAM and 6 pcs. WD Blue 5 TB HDDs. Booting from SanDisk 32 GB USB-Stick (with backup stick).

My problem is that 1080p playback on an Apple TV 4 (non 4K; attached via 100 Mbit Ethernet) sometimes stutters with direct playback or with transcoding at high datarates.

I'm looking for suggestions for a better, faster, energy efficient CPU, which fits the FCLGA1150 socket in my above motherboard and provides the biggest bang for the buck. I'm looking at low-cost, not high-end.

Ideas? Or tip which specific spec to look for when checking benchmarks?

I get crazy over the fact that there are approx. 40 different models of each i3/i5/i7 in each generation. Holy crap, which one to pick!?
 
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ThreeDee

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hmm .. I run an older Xeon E31230 over wireless and wired on PC's and a couple Xbox's .. as well as streaming away from home .. up to 6 devices playing something at once .. maybe it's something else that is the issue here? I convert all my stuff to .mp4's .. and have them all squished to around to 2GB in size if 1080p .. (bigger/longer movies sometimes run up towards 3GB though).. I also run 32GB of ECC DDR3, dono if that helps with streaming stuff or not..

wouldn't want you to spend money on upgrading and then still have the same issues
 
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Converting all my media into mp4s is not an option for me. I had an in-depth discussion on this issue over at the Plex forum. Long story short: Upgrading to the Apple TV 4K (5th gen, A10 CPU) has resolved my playback issues. It is much snappier than the Apple TV 4 (4th gen, A8 CPU).
 
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