My BTC full node journey: I started with a Raspberry Pi in autumn 2017 during the fork wars. I became impatient during the sync (1 month) and assembled an i3 NUC, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD. Sync time: 4 days. At the end of 2018 I wanted to explore virtualization. I tried a Xeon with a HDD and VMware ESXi. The free ESXi version only allows one thread per VM. Sync: 11 days. Next attempt: an i7 NUC, now with 32 GB RAM and NVMe SSD. Sync just finished: *less than four hours*. Now that is a speed I like.
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