I am looking for thee most beef cake CPU i can get. Something with about 5k to 7k passmark capable CPU for lots of routing power. For SQM @ 200mbps to 1000 mbps while running other features like VLANs, VPN and possible.
i know 4k passmark CPU like this, https://www.servethehome.com/hp-t620-plus-thin-client-and-firewall-vpn-appliance/
can't do full speed with VPN and maybe bogged down with certain other things. i know SQM isn't a feather either.
The catch here is the first zbox has realtek NICs and plent of reports that pfsense has issues. some same due to unix/BSD drivers for it's realtek NICs, some say that's jsut the realtek quality. i know Level1Techs have praised or mentioned Intel NICs to superior than realtek in someway weather it be driver or hardware.
HOWEVER, LEDE OpenWRT is not PFsense/OPNsense, maybe it's not issue with LEDE? I need a very small NUC sized device with dual NICs and some processing power for at least SQM @ 200mbps and for this kind of money it needs to do more and be future proof, especially if i get deal on 400mbps or 1000mbps internet service and or want to make used of VPN, VLAN or possibly even IPS IDS. (for all know at that level you DO need dual xeons.)