Num CPUs vs speed: NetGear Nighthawk R9000 over Synology NAS 1812+?
Our router died so I just upgraded our home router to a NetGear Nighthawk R9000. It looks like this router advertises the ability to host Plex. We currently host Plex from our Synology, and I'm trying to figure out whether it is worth the effort to reconfigure to host it off of the router.
- We have a Synology DS1812+ with Dual Core @ 2.13GHz and DDR3 1 GB memory.
- The R9000 is advertised as 1.7GHz Quad Core (4 CPU) with 512MB NAND flash, 1GB DDR3 SDRAM.
So basically the memory is the same, but the Synology has 2 faster CPUs vs the Nighthawk's 4 slower CPUs. I have been noticing that our Synology's CPU is often pegged at 95%+ due to Plex, and we do on occasion get "your CPU is not fast enough to transcode" errors, so I'm wondering whether tapping into the 4 x slower CPUs would reduce this for us, or whether single CPU speed dominates here.
We have a couple of Nest cameras, but otherwise no significant bandwidth usage -- no gaming, no VR, and our TV can't handle 4K video, in case it matters.
Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks in advance for your time.