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Intel D945GCLF2 Atom 330 ITX Motherboard

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Intel D945GCLF2 Atom 330 ITX motherboard

 

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Compared to an ATX board, this thing is damn small. I mean SMALL!

 

It has about everything a board should have, just minimized.

 

On the board:

 

1 DDR2, 533mhz slot.

1 Pci slot

1 USB, Firewire, Audio ports on the board

1 fan connector for the small northbridge fan

2 Sata ports

1 Pata port

 

Back panel:

 

PS/2 keyboard and mouse

Parallel port

Serial port

VGA out

4 USB2.0

Gigabit Ethernet

S-Video

3 audio connectors

 

It is odd that the CPU is passively cooled, while the Northbridge has a fan on it.

 

The board is pretty fast, just do not put the jumper on your IDE DVD-Rom wrong. :spam: I accidentially did that, and it slows to a crawl, that Dvd-rom was an old one, so it didn't say where to put the jumper. But after that was fixed, it does run a lot smoother.

 

The Atom 330 does run on x64, So i am running XP x64 on it now, been a few days since its been on 24/7, it uses way less power than a normal desktop.

 

I took this from here, and it sounds quite intruding.

 

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Atom 330 @ 41W * 8760 hours = 359,160 W/hr = 359.16kWhr

 

E8500 @ 92W * 8760 hours = 805,920 W/hr = 805.92kWhr

 

Now let's say we pay $0.10/kWhr

 

Atom 330 would use $35.91 in electricity running for a year

 

E8500 would use $80.59 in electricity running for a year.

 

Now let's say we are in a place that charges $0.25/kWhr

 

Atom 330: $89.79 for a year

 

E8500: $201.48 for a year

 

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I like it, use it as a File/BT server. As seen above, it runs on very low electricity.

 

I only wish this was available sooner.

 

Score: 9/10 Because it could use a few more things, like dual Dimm slots, more PCI, possibly PCI-X, but otherwise a very low profile and power consuming board.

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It is odd that the CPU is passively cooled, while the Northbridge has a fan on it.

Not really it uses the Intel 945GC chipset: 82945GC Northbridge with integrated graphics, 82801GB ICH7 Southbridge. The 945GC heats up like no tomorrow.

 

Score: 9/10 Because it could use a few more things, like dual Dimm slots, more PCI, possibly PCI-X, but otherwise a very low profile and power consuming board.

The whole point is really budget and if you were looking for more you might as well have gotten this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813121358 or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...82E16813121353R or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813500012 or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813500010

and get another processor such as http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819116064

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