ECS Atom 945GCT-D
Now there is something for the quiet hope PC builders for net/video/downloading. ECS company show now on the Taiwan Cumputex Intel Atom powered 945GCT-D mainboard in DTX size (170 x 203 mm - well, there are even smaller mainboard, like Mini-ITX witch is 170 x 170 mm big) and it is based on the Intel Atom processor.
Logicvally it is not a very fast one, so Intel is claiming and boasting that this is the smallest CPU. Well, I think that Motorola DragonBall was smaller few years ago already, but that is just me...
ECS 945GCT-D mainboard has 100MBi ethernet, HD audio a integrated GMA950 graphic with DX9 support. Mainboard is based on the 945GC/ ICH7 chipsets and using a 1.6Ghz Atom 45nm processor, diorectly soldered into mainboard. In the CPU is used a little over 47 millions transistors. Bried history on the number of transistors:
8086 - 0.029 millions transistors
80286 - 0.134 millions transistors
80386 - 0.275 millions transistors
80486 - 1.2 millions transistors
Pentium - 3.3 millions transistors
AMD K5 - 4.3 millions transistors
Pentium II - 7.5 millions transistors
AMD K6 - 8.8 millions transistors
AMD K7 - 22 millions transistors
Pentium III - 9.5 aÅ¾ 28.1 millions transistors (more recent revision)
Pentium IV - 42 aÅ¾ 125 millions transistors (Prescott)
AMD Barton - 54.3 millions transistors
AMD K8 - 105.9 millions transistors
Core 2 Duo - 291 millions transistors
Core 2 Quad - 582 millions transistors
Dual core Itanium 2 - 1 700 millions transistors
So it has a little less caps that has a AMD Barton CPU's.
It should be fully compatible with existing x86 CPUs, witch is a requirment todays. As for the CPU itself, it has an Intel HT technology inside as well, as allegedly every instruction of the Core line. Hmmm. Witch is great is, that the TDP of the Atom CPU's range between 0.6 and 2.5W only, depending on the type. 2.5W is for ATM fastest 1 800MHz one. VIA C3 1200MHz mas a 14W TDP and can be cooler with passive heatsink - if you don't mind around 70Â°C temperatures on load.
Atom is going to be one hell of a cool CPU.
DTC mobo is compatible with current ATX and Micro-ATX cases, so no own holes drilling for this mobo.
Mainboard specification is - 512k L2 cache, 100MBi ethernet, HD audio, 2x SATA 3.0Gb/s, 1x PATA, 4x USB 2.0, 2x DDR2 533 and one PCI slot and one added PCIe x1 expansion slot.
Here is a small video-preview of how the box and mobo looks in my friend hands - watch in high quality!
Review and tests of ESC 945GCT-D board with Intel Atom CPU's are there:
Overclock go, thanks to no voltage adjustments of Vcore, to not more that 145MHz FSB from 133MHz. So a 1.6GHz CPU to 1.75GHz
Super PI 1M test is can make in 1min and 33 sec, witch is against the VIA C3 I using as fanless machine very very good, because 1 200MHz C3 Nehemiah need for 1M Super PI test 8min 28sec...
Great solution for a small, fanless (and hence quiet!) home computer/server!