[nSLUG] Low Power system

Jim Haliburton jim at on-site.ns.ca
Mon Aug 25 08:51:46 ADT 2008


Good Day;

There was a question about low power systems.

If you need a low power motherboard that has pretty good performance look 
at the Intel D945GCLF.  It has a 1.6 GHz Atom processor.  Supports a 
single DIMM of max 2GB.  Has 2 SATA interfaces and 1 IDE.  No Floppy.  
Has PS/2 ports and parallel port.  4 USB ports on back and an internal 
connector for 2 more.  On board Realtek 1 Gb NIC.  Processor is mounted 
directly to board.  Only fan on board is on the chipset. Runs at 533 FSB. 
 Only has 1 PCI slot.

We recently installed Centos 5.2 and compiled the Realtek driver.  Works 
like a bandit.  Even ran Asterisk on it just fine.

Now with this motherboard reatailing for around $90, and 2 GB ram around 
$50, and an 80 GB SATA for around $60, you can make an inexpensive good 
performing unit. The m/b fits in and mounts to the micro ATX mounting 
holes just fine in an existing case.

So this can be your router with a 2nd network card and a pretty good 
server at the same time.

Jim H




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