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 Post subject: Intel Atom Rig
PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:33 pm 
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The following is my quiet rig. specs are 1.6 ghz intel atom, 40 gig laptop hd, 1 gig memory. laptop cd rom. I had most of the parts already. I had to buy cpu motherboard combo for 80 and a case with external brick power supply for 120. total cost for this project out of pocket was 200 usd. not only does it run cool as a cucumber you cant even tell its on.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 3:50 am 
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Why did you get an atom? There are better options right now from a power and performance point of view.

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See when asked about it, instead of saying "i have an AMD 64 X2 3488+ Black", one can simply answer "i have an Atom". How cool is that :lol:

Joking aside, it looks like a cool little basic system :P


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 Post subject: Re: Intel Atom Rig
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:32 am 
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lowvoltage wrote:
The following is my quiet rig.

What case are you using? The stock case fan is quiet?


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stock case fan is very quiet. it hooked up to the speed control on the motherboard. since it puts out so few watts of heat it never gets hot enough to kick on all the way. so you have a fan running but its at like 500 rpm.


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FartingBob wrote:
Why did you get an atom? There are better options right now from a power and performance point of view.
Crap, what are the boards with better power to performance? I bought this board too thinking it was a powerful mini-itx :(


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zodaex wrote:
FartingBob wrote:
Why did you get an atom? There are better options right now from a power and performance point of view.
Crap, what are the boards with better power to performance? I bought this board too thinking it was a powerful mini-itx :(


dunno what he's referring to. a 1.6 ghz atom is something like 3 watts at full load.

looks like a realllly nice office type PC. i'm impressed :)


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Fayd wrote:
dunno what he's referring to. a 1.6 ghz atom is something like 3 watts at full load.


The processor is 3W, the chipset isn't. I think what my windy compatriot is referring to is that if you look at total system power consumption rather than just the CPU, then current Atom solutions aren't the clear slam-dunk that the statement "Atom is 3W under load" might initially make you think.


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Yes the Atom itself is fantastic, but the intel chipsets it uses are quite power hungry compared to new AMD boards.

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well, i'm aware of the intel chipset power consumption, but without knowing what chipset is in that comp, it's hard to make a total power consumption comparison.....


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Intel has low power processor, AMD has low power chipsets, total consumption about the same anyway? At these levels the absolute difference is not huge. say 3W vs. 5W is the same difference(in percentage) as 30W vs 50W´, but 3W vs. 5W is pretty irrelevant compared to 30W vs 50W.


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Fayd wrote:
well, i'm aware of the intel chipset power consumption, but without knowing what chipset is in that comp, it's hard to make a total power consumption comparison.....

The chipset is a power-hungry 945GC.


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As far as power goes, If the whole system uses ~40w, then that's perfectly fine for a SD HTPC, or home server.

lowvoltage, I think your build looks really nice. What exactly are you using it for, if you don't mind me asking?

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Nice case ...

I use mine everyday as my kitchen pc.

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