1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Hardware Gigabyte GA-GC230D Atom Mini-ITX

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 10 Sep 2008.

  1. MilkMan5

    MilkMan5 Yeah man...

    Joined:
    11 Jul 2007
    Posts:
    183
    Likes Received:
    0
    No, both PATA/IDE and power will fit together, no problem
     
  2. Jojii

    Jojii hardware freak

    Joined:
    12 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    122
    Likes Received:
    1
    graphics

    would a 8600 gt help or does that card cost more than it will benefit?
     
  3. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

    Joined:
    30 Jan 2007
    Posts:
    2,148
    Likes Received:
    30
    I should think that would help a lot, though I would imagine that they would suffer from lack of bandwidth. The only problem is, where do you get one from? Scan have one PCI graphics card, a Geforce FX 5200
    OcUK:none
    Dabs: nothing recent, Geforce 6200 is the best
    Ebuyer: GF6200/5200 (but they do have an ATI HD 2400Pro)
    Aria: Sis. Brilliant.
    Micro Direct: the usual rubbish selection.
    I can't think of anywhere obvious that I have left out
     
    Last edited: 10 Sep 2008
  4. -EVRE-

    -EVRE- New Member

    Joined:
    12 May 2004
    Posts:
    372
    Likes Received:
    1
    for idle power consumption.... that thing = fail...
    a year old Acer T180 with an AMD single core 2.3ghz processor with 3gb of ram, and hd draws 39-41 watts (on a kill a watt).. granted at full load it pulls 87 watts....

    Where is the power savings of this supposed efficient system?! Most of the time a computer spends is at idle...
     
  5. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    I've had a call from mini-ITX.com today who claim the 270W PSU is still too powerful for it and recommend a 120W DC-DC, so I've got to find one and retest it. However, the power consumption is still plausible considering the northbridge is old and doesn't have any specific power saving.
     
  6. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    They are compatible with ATX - it's 4 screws.

    Mr. D - dunno yet, haven't tested the G45 board but I suspect the 780G/8200 NV equivalent to be better.

    Jojii - It would still be underpowered - I'm finding today a 2.1GHz single core AMD CPU on a 780G is still having trouble with some things.
     
  7. HourBeforeDawn

    HourBeforeDawn a.k.a KazeModz

    Joined:
    26 Oct 2006
    Posts:
    2,637
    Likes Received:
    6
    I find it funny that the north bridge needs active cooling and the actual cpu doesnt, seems ironic =p
     
  8. Stuey

    Stuey You will be defenestrated!

    Joined:
    20 Jan 2005
    Posts:
    2,612
    Likes Received:
    10
    Why 120W? I'm under the impression that 90W should be sufficient, at least that's what several vendors are recommending.
     
  9. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    120W is a round number, 90W would do - it's all 12V dependent really, not wattage.
     
  10. Nature

    Nature Member

    Joined:
    21 Nov 2005
    Posts:
    492
    Likes Received:
    1
    Does anyone else see consoles in the future being just computers with mainstream mods for enclosures? They are just that as of now, but I more mean like Voodoo or the Blackbird for the masses.

    ITX-form factor
    1 PCI-E 2.0 instead of 1 pci slot
    2 DDR2 any speed, supporting 8gb's
    2 SATA (SSD, velociraptor, or conventional 1tb)
    1 AMD or Intel cpu

    I really think AMD could produce this item above with no effort if a market was real for this kind of system. Having the chipsets, processors, video cards, and whole sale manufacturers already. it would be easy to create a computer console. stick a slim blu-ray player/burner as in a laptop on a mini-itx enclosure with a media card reader and you have something very special indeed...

    I have really inspected this review after the thrashing Bit-tech just got from the AnAndtech forums- great review. I love Bit-tech and the blue collar nerd approach.
     
  11. ARM

    ARM Member

    Joined:
    15 Sep 2004
    Posts:
    143
    Likes Received:
    2
    I just bought the Intel Atom board last month for RM250 (around 41 pounds). The difference that I can see with the Gigabyte one is that there's no heatsink on the southbridge.
    It replaces my old (but trusty) Epox Pentium 3 board, so the Atom's much faster. Mind you I only use it for playing emulator games (mostly PSOne). I'm happy with it, though I would wish that it comes with either a AGP or PCI Express slot (AGP cards are still widely available here).
    Cheap and cheerful in my opinion.
     
  12. -EVRE-

    -EVRE- New Member

    Joined:
    12 May 2004
    Posts:
    372
    Likes Received:
    1
    Reason I was bit.. loud in my post is, I'm looking refer a low wattage system to a friend off the grid. I was blown away that his Acer pulls less power than a modern mobo, with a modern low power CPU at idle.

    btw I was surprised the PSU in the Acer T180 is a Fortron Source 250 watt. I'm glad to see such a quality PSU in a cheap system.
     
  13. geekboyUK

    geekboyUK New Member

    Joined:
    1 Sep 2003
    Posts:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've wanted a tiny, silent, NAS box that I could also use for occasionally downloads or general use for quite a while... I finally built it when I could get my hands on this board.

    It's happily running Ubuntu, serving my network and gives me a landing pad into my network when I'm away from home... using it as a NAS is really secondary.

    Shame about the North Bridge being a bit power hungry compared to the Atom.
     
  14. geekboyUK

    geekboyUK New Member

    Joined:
    1 Sep 2003
    Posts:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
    The Gigabyte one uses better quality components, such as all solid capacitors... apparently Intel are being really strict on what vendors put out for Atom boards, so they are all almost identical.
     
  15. evanbraakensiek

    evanbraakensiek New Member

    Joined:
    24 Feb 2005
    Posts:
    99
    Likes Received:
    0
    I don't agree. I think a PCI-e slot would've pushed up the price and been even more redundant than a standard PCI slot, comparatively. You're not going to be using a dedicated graphics card in this system, it's just not realistic, there would be huge bottlenecks all over the place.

    I imagine the PCI slot would be used by an enthusiast level sound card or a TV tuner, though that's just my opinion.
     
  16. Spaceraver

    Spaceraver Ultralurker

    Joined:
    19 Jan 2006
    Posts:
    1,363
    Likes Received:
    5
    Might pick this one up for a all in one Carputer..
     
  17. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    It's simpler than that - Intel doesn't want it to affect its Celeron and other chipset sales.
     
  18. MrJay

    MrJay You are always where you want to be

    Joined:
    20 Sep 2008
    Posts:
    1,290
    Likes Received:
    36
    Does anyone know the overall height of the board?
     
Tags: Add Tags

Share This Page