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How to Set Up a Dedicated Game Server

Setting Up Your Server

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive* settings

Since the earliest days of PC gaming, the private or dedicated game server has been one of the top perks of PC gaming over other platforms. Instead of having to rely on potentially spotty multiplayer service from the developer or publisher, setting up your own dedicated server for compatible games allows you a level of stability, customizability, and control you might not always get with external servers. 1

Whether you’re looking to play titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive*, ARK: Survival Evolved*, and Team Fortress 2*, or more lighthearted experiences like Minecraft*, running your own gaming server is a great way to have more control over where you and your friends play. Plus, you can still host your own TeamSpeak*, Mumble*, or other VoIP services on your private server, all within the parameters you define.

Why Host Your Own Dedicated Server?

Public multiplayer uses either client servers or peer-to-peer (P2P) hosting, both of which have shortcomings. Client servers are run by the main host (usually the game publisher or console manufacturer), which manages connections from many individual players. This server configuration works for most people, but there are disadvantages, such as a lack of customizability.

P2P hosting is another popular choice for modern multiplayer gaming. P2P allows one player to dynamically act as a host that facilitates the connections of other players. With this setup, you’re reliant on the connection of whoever gets chosen as host, so a poor host connection means a poor experience for everyone.

But with a dedicated gaming server for compatible games, you can play your favorite multiplayer games with fewer limits on performance and stability. You can experience the game the way you want, with less lag, and fewer dropped connections.

One thing to keep in mind is that, unless you have high upload and download speeds, users connecting to your server over the internet may experience connectivity issues and lag. (You don’t have to worry about this if you’re setting up a local area network (LAN) that is only being used by friends on the same network.)

Hardware for Your Server

A dedicated server is also a great way to get extra mileage out of an old PC. Using a separate PC for your gaming server frees up resources on your system, and helps ensure greater stability for both your gaming PC and your server.

Here are some dedicated server hardware requirements that will help ensure you can host the latest games. These specs should be a decent baseline for most 32-player multiplayer games, but you may need even more power for games with 64 or more players. Keep in mind: The more players on your server, the greater the strain on your hardware.

  • 64-bit Windows* OS (or Linux*, with compatible games)
  • Solid State Drive (SSD) it’s best not to run a server on a mechanical hard drive – the constant read-write actions and slower speeds could cause problems
  • At least 8GB RAM, with 16 or more being optimal
  • Quad-core Intel® CPU, minimum 2.5GHZ clock speed

Learn how to set up a dedicated game server through our server configuration guide. What are the advantages? What tools do I need? Find out here.

Intel® B460 Chipset

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Essentials

  • Product Collection Intel® 400 Series Desktop Chipsets
  • Code Name Products formerly Comet Lake
  • Status Launched
  • Vertical Segment Desktop
  • Launch Date Q2’20
  • Bus Speed 8 GT/s
  • TDP 6 W
  • Supports Overclocking No
  • Use Conditions PC/Client/Tablet

Supplemental Information

  • Embedded Options Available No
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Memory Specifications

Processor Graphics

  • # of Displays Supported 3

Expansion Options

  • PCI Express Revision 3.0
  • PCI Express Configurations x1, x2, x4
  • Max # of PCI Express Lanes 16

I/O Specifications

  • # of USB Ports 12
  • USB Configuration 8 Total USB 3.2 Ports
    – Up to 0 USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 (10Gb/s) Ports
    – Up to 8 USB 3.2 Gen 1×1 (5Gb/s) Ports
    12 USB 2.0 Ports
  • USB Revision 3.2/2.0
  • Max # of SATA 6.0 Gb/s Ports 6
  • RAID Configuration 0,1,5,10(SATA)
  • Integrated LAN Integrated MAC
  • Supported Processor PCI Express Port Configurations 1×16

Package Specifications

  • Package Size 23mm x 24mm

Advanced Technologies

  • Intel® Optane™ Memory Supported Yes
  • Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) Yes
  • Intel vPro® Platform Eligibility No
  • Intel® ME Firmware Version 14
  • Intel® HD Audio Technology Yes
  • Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Yes
  • Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise No
  • Intel® Standard Manageability No
  • Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) No
  • Intel® Smart Sound Technology Yes
  • Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT) Yes

Security & Reliability

  • Intel® Trusted Execution Technology No
  • Intel® Boot Guard Yes

Ordering and Compliance

Ordering and spec information

Intel® FH82B460 Platform Controller Hub

  • MM# 999RH0
  • SPECCode SRH1C
  • OrderingCode FH82B460
  • Stepping A0

Trade compliance information

  • ECC Varies By Product
  • PCode Varies By Product
  • HTS Varies By Product

PCN/MDDS Information

SRH1C

  • 999RH0 MDDS

Compatible Products

10th Generation Intel® Core™ i9 Processors

10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processors

10th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processors

10th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 Processors

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Launch Date

The date the product was first introduced.

Bus Speed

A bus is a subsystem that transfers data between computer components or between computers. Types include front-side bus (FSB), which carries data between the CPU and memory controller hub; direct media interface (DMI), which is a point-to-point interconnection between an Intel integrated memory controller and an Intel I/O controller hub on the computer’s motherboard; and Quick Path Interconnect (QPI), which is a point-to-point interconnect between the CPU and the integrated memory controller.

Thermal Design Power (TDP) represents the average power, in watts, the processor dissipates when operating at Base Frequency with all cores active under an Intel-defined, high-complexity workload. Refer to Datasheet for thermal solution requirements.

Supports Overclocking

Overclocking indicates the ability to achieve high core, graphics and memory frequencies by independently raising processor clock speeds without impacting other system components.

Use Conditions

Use conditions are the environmental and operating conditions derived from the context of system use.
For SKU specific use condition information, see PRQ report.
For current use condition information, see Intel UC (CNDA site)*.

Embedded Options Available

Embedded Options Available indicates products that offer extended purchase availability for intelligent systems and embedded solutions. Product certification and use condition applications can be found in the Production Release Qualification (PRQ) report. See your Intel representative for details.

# of DIMMs per channel

DIMMs per Channel indicates the quantity of dual inline memory modules supported per each processor memory channel

PCI Express Revision

PCI Express Revision is the supported version of the PCI Express standard. Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (or PCIe) is a high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard for attaching hardware devices to a computer. The different PCI Express versions support different data rates.

PCI Express Configurations

PCI Express (PCIe) Configurations describe the available PCIe lane configurations that can be used to link to PCIe devices.

Max # of PCI Express Lanes

A PCI Express (PCIe) lane consists of two differential signaling pairs, one for receiving data, one for transmitting data, and is the basic unit of the PCIe bus. Max # of PCI Express Lanes is the total number of supported lanes.

USB Revision

USB (Universal Serial Bus) is an industry standard connection technology for attaching peripheral devices to a computer.

RAID Configuration

RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a storage technology that combines multiple disk drive components into a single logical unit, and distributes data across the array defined by RAID levels, indicative of the level of redundancy and performance required.

Integrated LAN

Integrated LAN indicates the presence of an integrated Intel Ethernet MAC or presence of the LAN ports built into the system board.

Supported Processor PCI Express Port Configurations

Configurations indicates the number of lanes and bifurcation capabilities for which the processor PCI express port is enabled. Note: The processor’s actual PCI express configurations will be determined or limited by the value of this chipset attribute even if the processor is capable of additional configurations.

Intel® Optane™ Memory Supported

Intel® Optane™ memory is a revolutionary new class of non-volatile memory that sits in between system memory and storage to accelerate system performance and responsiveness. When combined with the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Driver, it seamlessly manages multiple tiers of storage while presenting one virtual drive to the OS, ensuring that data frequently used resides on the fastest tier of storage. Intel® Optane™ memory requires specific hardware and software configuration. Visit www.intel.com/OptaneMemory for configuration requirements.

Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)

Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) continues from the existing support for IA-32 (VT-x) and Itanium® processor (VT-i) virtualization adding new support for I/O-device virtualization. Intel VT-d can help end users improve security and reliability of the systems and also improve performance of I/O devices in virtualized environments.

Intel vPro® Platform Eligibility

The Intel vPro® platform is a set of hardware and technologies used to build business computing endpoints with premium performance, built-in security, modern manageability and platform stability.
Learn more about Intel vPro®

Intel® ME Firmware Version

Intel® Management Engine Firmware (Intel® ME FW) uses built-in platform capabilities and management and security applications to remotely manage networked computing assets out-of-band.

Intel® HD Audio Technology

Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio) is capable of playing back more channels at higher quality than previous integrated audio formats. In addition, Intel® HD Audio has the technology needed to support the latest and greatest audio content.

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology provides protection, performance, and expandability for desktop and mobile platforms. Whether using one or multiple hard drives, users can take advantage of enhanced performance and lower power consumption. When using more than one drive the user can have additional protection against data loss in the event of hard drive failure. Successor to Intel® Matrix Storage Technology.

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise

Intel ® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise (Intel ® RSTe) provides performance and reliability for supported systems equipped with Serial ATA (SATA) devices, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) devices, and/or solid state drives (SSDs) to enable an optimal enterprise storage solution.

Intel® Standard Manageability

Intel® Standard Manageability is a base set of manageability features, including: Boot Control, Power State Management, HW Inventory, Serial Over LAN, and Remote Configuration.

Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)

The Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (Intel® SIPP) aims for zero changes to key platform components and drivers for at least 15 months or until the next generational release, reducing complexity for IT to effectively manage their computing endpoints.
Learn more about Intel® SIPP

Intel® Smart Sound Technology

Intel® Smart Sound Technology is an integrated digital signal processor (DSP) for audio offload and audio/voice features

Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT)

Intel® Platform Trust Technology (Intel® PTT) is a platform functionality for credential storage and key management used by Windows 8* and Windows® 10. Intel® PTT supports BitLocker* for hard drive encryption and supports all Microsoft requirements for firmware Trusted Platform Module (fTPM) 2.0.

Intel® Trusted Execution Technology

Intel® Trusted Execution Technology for safer computing is a versatile set of hardware extensions to Intel® processors and chipsets that enhance the digital office platform with security capabilities such as measured launch and protected execution. It enables an environment where applications can run within their own space, protected from all other software on the system.

Intel® Boot Guard

Intel® Device Protection Technology with Boot Guard helps protect the system’s pre-OS environment from viruses and malicious software attacks.

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