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    Never noticed that. hope its a mistake ontheir part as the single core ones priced at 51 + vat
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    Yeah it's odd maybe they just made a mistake. Good find by the way that means they are at least trickling in now

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    Yip might wait a few weeks and see if more get them in stock. if they do it migh tdrive the price down a bit more

    have priced the single core from 45 up to 90 all based in the uk
    Prob 60% complete

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    Not sure how i managed to get one yet, given that NZ is usually a technology backwater, but one of my suppliers had a 10 pack of these, and i got one for nz$140. Its an OEM with no manual, or box.

    Can confirm the following:

    -dual core with hyperthreading and 64 bit instructions, shows up as 4 atom 330 @1600 CPUS. No speedstep according to astra32.
    -GbE RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P) PCI-E
    -S video
    - 6 channel realtek 5657 HD with front panel audio
    - s3
    -Fan controller on the chasis header, not the MCH header. (controllable either manually by 10% increments from 50- 100% in bios, on auto in bios, or using speedfan incrementally from 0 (literally) to 100% in 1% increments.

    The fan is a noisy little sucker for sure, but low profile enough to fit the low height cases like the procase cs3688 i have it at present. I have the north bridge running off the chasis fan header and running at about 40%. ( although note that the manual warns against this). The manual also warns about ensuring active ventilation for the v reg area. So i guess a totally passive system is probably going to be out with this board.

    The sensors give some weird readings, fan speed says 4500rpm, when its probably at 1000rpm. All 4 core temps read 3-7 degrees celsius.

    I also noticed that if you turn off the north bridge fan, the CPU core temps rise fairly steeply.

    Now the power question. The morex 6080 DC-DC board in this case is good for 5 amps on the 5 volt rail. Intel dont yet have documentation on their site for this board , but the D945GCLF manual states that the single core atom baord requires 7.75Amps on the 5V. Add almost another amp for the second core, and i guess ill be upgrading the DC converter to a picopsu (although the 60W plug pack should be fine), although it did run fine during testing.

    Knowing it would be close power wise i installed only a slimline cd, with Ubuntu live, and measured the 12 volt dc supply (10 amp range on multimeter) current to 1.85 amps at idle, 2.2 amps at cd spin up, 2.7 amps at cd read. So 2 amps at 12 volts (checked at 11.93) is 24 Watts, and it seems mostly off of the 5 volt rail. This is interesting because it was said that the D20GLY2 board drew more 12 volts.

    24 watts i can live with, as some folk have been saying 45W, but i guess they were measureing AC off the wall.

    Now i had problems with 2.5 pata drives (again). My attempt to use two kinds of 2.5 to 3.5 inch adapters failed to get a 2.5" pata drive to boot with the dugly board. The OS would install but not boot with a error relating to not enough memory to hold bootloader . This occured with linux and win xp. 3.5 " drives were fine. Now with this D945GCLF2, i tried a new adapter (the modifed 40pin ide ribbon kind) that came with the case, and same problem with differnet errors. Under linux the OS would install but the HDD wouldnt boot, bios reporting no boot disk. Windows XP would get a little further, on one 2.5 disk (WDC 60GB) as far as a XP logo then a c000021A Fatal sysem error (session manager init terminated unexpectedly), and on the older hitachi 40GB, i would get a verbose black screen error (looking to me like a bios error) TRAP EXCEPTION with variable dumps.

    I tried disabling a lot of stuff in bios, changing IDE mode from native to legacy, nothing helped. I cant explain this nor could find anything by googling.

    After about half a doz failed OS installs, i eventually hit upon a combination of slim line optical drive and slim hdd and adapter that did work. The adapter is lableled HX-IDE-K, this one lets you use a 80pin ide ribbon and a full size molex conecter. XP then installed happily enough, and the driver disk loaded.

    Given that the board only has one IDE port then obviously SATA is the way to go, ive orderd a 2.5" 160GB disk to use with it. Also many smaller PSUs only have one smaller power connecter, which is needed for the optical drive.

    Performance wise so far it feels about the same as the D201GLY2. Havent had a chance to test it with some video encoding or anything. Will try and post some screenshots later if anyones interested.

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    NZ is closer to china than the UK or the USA.

    I had mine a week ago just waiting on a new psu
    my OS build went easily tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by monzablue16v View Post
    That's strange the product code is right but the spec puts it as the single core Atom not the dual core. I shall ring them on Monday and clear that up, if it is the right one I'll be having it!!
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    ive been on their live chat just now. was a mistake on their part and has now been rectified
    Prob 60% complete

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    Decided not to buy it from there as they don't actually have them in stock, it will be in stockat some point next week/ later this week. Waiting for it to come in stock everywhere and see how the price looks then, as I'm not in that much of a rush for it really

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    Quote Originally Posted by upspace View Post
    and how do i plug power with it - still 20 pin plus 4 pin dc connectors?
    I was doing some research on this board before I even saw this thread so, nice any timely!

    I'm clear on hooking up power to the 20-Pin connector but, yeah, what's up with the additional 4-Pin DC connector? Is this something you can use instead of the 20-Pin connector? You have to hook things up to in addtion to the 20-Pin connector?

    I'm switching from an AOpen board, which only requires +12V and Gnd to this so, I know I'm changing power supplies. I just want to make sure I've got everything I need when I order.

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    Found my answer in the technical documentation. For those that care, here's the answer:

    The board has power supply connectors:

    • Main power – a 2 x 12 connector. This connector is compatible with 2 x 10
    connectors previously used on Intel Desktop boards. The board supports the use
    of ATX12V power supplies with either 2 x 10 or 2 x 12 main power cables. When
    using a power supply with a 2 x 10 main power cable, attach that cable on the
    rightmost pins of the main power connector, leaving pins 11, 12, 23, and 24
    unconnected.
    • Processor core power – a 2 x 2 connector. This connector provides power
    directly to the processor voltage regulator and must always be used. Failure to do
    so will prevent the board from booting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monzablue16v View Post
    Decided not to buy it from there as they don't actually have them in stock, it will be in stockat some point next week/ later this week. Waiting for it to come in stock everywhere and see how the price looks then, as I'm not in that much of a rush for it really
    did wonder if it was in stock as next day delivary was showing as Friday
    Prob 60% complete

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