[nSLUG] Low Power system

D G Teed donald.teed at gmail.com
Mon Aug 25 16:34:03 ADT 2008


Doesn't fit mirrored RAID disks.  I wouldn't use a notebook for other reasons,
such as parts are harder to find and expensive.

On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 4:19 PM, Greg O'Brien <gregmcal at eastlink.ca> wrote:
> So if you want an atom in a low power situation how about an ASUS EEE
> upgrade the HDD and install your own distro. Then BOB's your uncle. Instant
> low power server with battery backup for about $400
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> On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 10:13 AM, Stephen Gregory <nslug at kernelpanic.ca>
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> On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 08:51:46AM -0300, Jim Haliburton wrote:
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>> 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.
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> Unfortunately the Atom proc is paired with a power hungry
> chipset. Systems based on that board are still going to burn 40w or
> more. The Tomshardware article linked earlier found that an AMD x2
> 2000+ with 790G chipset had better performance and consumed a few less
> watts.
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> This shows that when looking for a low power sytem it is important to
> do your research. Many low power systems aren't that low power.
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> Thanks for reading the linked article...
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> The original post included the link to the review at Tom's
> Hardware Review where the AMD and Intel low power solutions
> are compared.  The AMD solution came in at 1/2 the power consumption due
> to the motherboard + chipset differences.
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> Here is the review link again:
> http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/Atom-Athlon-Efficient,1997.html
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> I've been able to find the motherboards with the AMD 790G
> chipset on a site such as NCIX, but the Athlon 64 2000+ is not
> for sale anywhere I've looked.  The Intel Atom procssor solution
> seems geared purely towards embedded market, while I'm looking for
> something that will mount in a standard tower system, hook up IDE
> drives and CDROM.  So there seem to be two reasons to
> go for the AMD path, at this time (ATX mainboard and lower power).
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> When this new stuff does appear, I think I'll be chucking out some
> old hardware.  I usually like to save ancient equipment from landfill,
> but when it burns more coal than it could, I think it should be recycled.
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> --Donald
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