ConnorXXL - Posted 4 Minutes Ago
It is close to Gbit performance. I believe that Linux might make better use of pcengine hardware than BSD/pfsense does. (No PPPoE here too.)
Even 800-900Mbit is already great for consumers in my opinion, I do not really need the last 5-10%; not running any special packages on pfSense though.
Very difficult to find something with the same footprint, power consumption and price as APU2. Perhaps by increasing CPU clock and improving cooling options (fan/passive cpu cooler), performance could be improved. However, the whole package with very reasonably priced cases and power supplies is basically unbeatable (at least in Swiss market).
Regarding BIOS, I believe that it's challenging in terms of development and testing. I can only be of limited help, since I need my APU2 as router and firewall... Would it make sense to have a beta programme where people can register and are asked to test certain features, with different OS? If you implement new (and interesting) features, I'm sure that people would jump on that. I'm not sure about the status of ECC memory support in the bios, so this might be a nice starting point.
(Perhaps I should put my money where my mouth is and buy a second APU for bios testing... :-) )
For me right now, biggest change in terms of personal benefit would be an SFP+ slot... :-)
I intended to run certain other services on it at the same time, or at least Unbound. And yes, there is nothing with the same power consumption and price, but it's a big tradeoff with regard to RAM and CPU.