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Server Hardware

Base Recommendations

Cameras that have good motion sensors, plugin support, and the necessary codecs dramatically reduce the server requirements: Scrypted will have no problem streaming to the various supported Platforms on low power hardware like a Raspberry Pi 4 or Synology NAS.

Raspberry Pi 4

From a current price to performance standpoint, the Raspberry Pi 4b is a poor choice compared to similarly priced Intel thin clients and NUCs. A used Dell Wyse 5070 can be found on eBay for half the price of a Raspberry Pi 4b.

NVR Recommendations

However, if motion detection is necessary, or the server will be running Scrypted NVR for 24/7 recording and Smart Detections, running it on a more capable system than a Raspberry Pi 4 is recommended. A good CPU, GPU, and TPU (Tensor Processing Unit, aka AI chip) all contribute towards video stream detection performance.

While a TPU can improve performance, a capable GPU can also fill the gap.

ProcessorVideo DecodeMotion DetectionObject Detection
Intel iGPU
Other GPU

❗ Only available in the Scrypted Desktop App.

❌ Not applicable.

System Comparison

Apple Mac Mini M1/M2🥇🥇🥇20+
Intel 13500H🥈🥈20+
Intel N100🥈🥉12

❌ Not applicable.

Object Detection Comparison


Coral EdgeTPU devices are not recommended. While these TPUs were fast on initial release in 2020, they are now outclassed by both modern Intel and Apple Silicon chips. Furthermore, the aging chips have not seen a single hardware or software refresh. The software (Tensorflow) is no longer in use at Google. For all intents and purposes, the Coral EdgeTPU is now Google abandonware.


The Object Detection Benchmark script has collected results from many common systems.

TPU: Apple Mac Mini M1/M2🥇Low power consumption, fast, and expensive. A single package off the shelf solution for a large number of cameras.
GPU: Intel 13500H🥈The GPU on the H series Intel chips have 2-3x the typical number of cores. They are blazing fast at low power. Highly recommended.
GPU: AMD 6900XT or NVIDIA 3080🥈The Scrypted Desktop App running on systems using these GPU for Object Detection perform great, though at a much higher performance per watt.
GPU: Intel N100🥉Fantastic Object Detection Performance in a tiny package. Highly recommended.
TPU: M.2/PCI Coral🥉The M.2 dual TPU model is is not supported by many systems. Google Abandonware. Do not buy if purchasing new hardware.
TPU: USB Coral🥉High latency and crash prone. Google Abandonware. Google Abandonware. Do not buy if purchasing new hardware.

Server Recommendations

All servers are recommended to have at least 8GB of RAM, 16GB preferred.


Proxmox VE is the recommended installation host for dedicated Intel/AMD servers, and is preferred over Docker.

Apple Mac Mini M1/M2

This system contains a CPU, GPU, and a TPU (neural cores). An Apple Silicon Mac Mini is the most capable Scrypted NVR system available.

Intel 13500H

This Intel 12th generation NUC contains a CPU and laptop class GPU in a tiny package. The H series chip has 80 GPU cores compared to the 24 on the Intel N100.

Intel N100

This Intel 12th generation NUC contains a CPU and capable GPU in a tiny package.


Internal/External Storage

Scrypted NVR recommends using a direct attached storage drive (internal or USB). A surveillance rated drive is preferred, but not strictly necessary. SSD storage will only marginally improve performance. Flash Storage (USB Stick) and SD Cards are not recommended, as they are prone to data corruption and failure.

Recommended Drives
Western Digital WD Purple
Seagate Skyhawk


There are many fake drives for sale that misreport their actual storage capacity. Buy from a reputable retailer and manufacturer. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.


Macs can be quite picky about USB drive bays and may disconnect them randomly. Using a brand that advertises itself as Mac compatible, such as OWC, is advised. Read the Amazon reviews from Mac users. All drive bays tend to be trouble free on Linux and Windows.

Mac Drive Bays
OWC miniStack
OWC Drive Dock USB-C Dual Drive Bay Solution

Network Attached Storage

Storing video on a NAS is a reasonable option if one is available, however timelapse scrubbing may suffer from poor performance over the network.