Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 40

Thread: ION overkill for CarPC?

  1. #11
    Neither darque nor pervert DarquePervert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Elsewhere
    Posts
    13,950
    Quote Originally Posted by upspace View Post
    yeah but i am scared about having 10-20 watts in idle to full load compared to 30-40 watts on a car battery when engine is not on.
    Why?
    36w @ 12v = 3a.
    That's three LCD monitors right there. 30-40w isn't all that much. Shoot, my CPU by itself draws up to 45w, and it's a mobile AthlonXP. Factor in the HDD, the cooling, USB devices, etc. and my power draw is probably close to 4 times the max draw of the Ion board at idle.

    No power issues to date!

    Get over you fear. As long as you're not trying to run a CPU with 125w TDP (like some P4s and high-end quad-cores), you shouldn't have any issues, so long as you plan your setup thoroughly.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



    Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

  2. #12
    Maximum Bitrate bratnetwork's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Haledon, NJ
    Posts
    503
    36w / 3amps.... ur headlights take more power than that when you turn them on....

  3. #13
    FLAC SFiorito's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    1,364
    I'm running a Zotac ION board. It's great, no power issues I've found. And to be honest I really didn't spend the time to figure out my exact power requirements. I just dusted off some old parts I had laying around and just got the mobo and low-profile RAM. I'm running the board fanless with just 2 low-power fans in the VoomPC 2 case. It survived a 12+ hour round trip in August without probs (no overheating either). Performance is great too.
    EWF, HORM, MinLogon on XP.

    Zotac ION Atom N330, 2GB low-profile RAM, M3-ATX
    Win Embedded Std 2011 RC
    OCZ Vertex Turbo 30GB SSD
    Lilliput 629 Transflective, WRX Screen Mount
    BlueSoleil BT, i-Blue GM-2 GPS, DirectedHD Radio, Andrea Mic
    VoomPC 2

  4. #14
    Variable Bitrate hailrazer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Columbus, Georgia
    Posts
    366
    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    overkill is very relative-- as was pointed out to me before(the member name escapes me), some members prefer to play blueray in their car, so they don't have to buy 2 different discs of every movie-- one for the car, and one for home.
    That would be me

    But yea an Ion with the Geforce chip like I have in the Acer Aspire Revo does a wonderful job.

  5. #15
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    7
    Hello. I've been lurking for awhile and I'm just starting to shop. I have an Intel D945GCLF so far and not a big deal if I don't use it.

    I've been looking at the AsRock ION 330 and the Acer Revo R3600 and wondering if either of these would be good to use. I'm not concerned about the power draw. I am wondering if I am going to be sorry down the road due to the lack of a PCI slot. The Revo is so small and Tiger Direct Canada has a great deal on them right now. (I don't see it on the US site) It includes a wireless keyboard and mouse and free upgrade to Win 7 in October. It's like the AsRock 330, same board, chipset but smaller hd and no optical drive. It's about the size of the Asus eee nettop, so it's a lot smaller that the AsRock.

    Lol, I guess it just goes against my grain to buy a desktop off the shelf. I've never done it before.

    Am I going to be sorry later on if I don't have a PCI slot? I am planning on GPS, possibly XM radio and I'd really like to have ODD-II.

    Thanks.

  6. #16
    Low Bitrate Dexamenus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    73
    would love to do an install with the zotac ion, simple 12v input and on board everything, do we really need it? probably most of us dont.

  7. #17
    Neither darque nor pervert DarquePervert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Elsewhere
    Posts
    13,950
    Quote Originally Posted by Dexamenus View Post
    would love to do an install with the zotac ion, simple 12v input and on board everything, do we really need it? probably most of us dont.
    The users that are running a C2D probably don't need that much computing power, either.
    So?

    Hell, you don't need a PC in your ride at all.
    You also don't need a radio, air conditioning, a sunroof, tinted windows, leather seats, a turbocharger, satellite navigation, or heated mirrors either. Yet so many people have these luxuries in their rides.

    None of this is about NEED.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



    Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

  8. #18
    Variable Bitrate afterdigital's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    New Ro, NY
    Posts
    381
    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    Why?
    36w @ 12v = 3a.
    That's three LCD monitors right there. 30-40w isn't all that much. Shoot, my CPU by itself draws up to 45w, and it's a mobile AthlonXP. Factor in the HDD, the cooling, USB devices, etc. and my power draw is probably close to 4 times the max draw of the Ion board at idle.

    No power issues to date!

    Get over you fear. As long as you're not trying to run a CPU with 125w TDP (like some P4s and high-end quad-cores), you shouldn't have any issues, so long as you plan your setup thoroughly.
    what power supply runs your system?
    CTS 05, Mobile Information Center...
    Atom - 1.8ghz
    2GB Ram
    32GB SSD
    8" TouchScreen
    5.6" Screen (overhead) w/reverse capability


    Finished Project
    Car Hacking
    WorkBlog
    Video

  9. #19
    Low Bitrate Dexamenus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    73
    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    The users that are running a C2D probably don't need that much computing power, either.
    So?

    Hell, you don't need a PC in your ride at all.
    You also don't need a radio, air conditioning, a sunroof, tinted windows, leather seats, a turbocharger, satellite navigation, or heated mirrors either. Yet so many people have these luxuries in their rides.

    None of this is about NEED.
    good point, and you are right, so OP, if you can afford it, go for it :P

    (we dont seem to be agreeing much tonight do we DarquePervert)

  10. #20
    Variable Bitrate
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    264
    DO WE NEED A CAR PC

    well i need a car pc because no other handheld device, mobile, itune, iphone, video player does mp3, flac, ogg, aac, wma, wmv, and all those avi, mks etc.

    i used to have a couple of years back a pinnacle receiver for my living room. great device but could not play all medias, so i had to go pc/htpc.

    i don'want to converrt all those nice music and vids just to be playable in the car which keeps me busy for years. though you need a pc (linux or windows os) which can handle all those formats/codecs.

    DO WE NEED AN IRON BOARD

    i want to be ready for 3d mind blowing google earth like navigation software (if it is ever released for normal os). i used to have the little valley intel which was great but graphics sucked.

    BEING GREEN

    not because i am into green politics but i like the idea of energy efficient technology. it safes you from a lot of hassles (heat, fans, noise etc.). especially in a car environment with 12v which was designed / specified at a time when you had manual :-) ignition

    NOW THE PHYSICS

    is it easy like that (even if only theoritical): battery of 60 ah (amperehours) means that i could draw (theoretically) 20 hours of 3 ampere to run the computer (or 1 hour of 60 ampere) till the battery is fully discharged. sorry occupied a windows seat at physics:-)

Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-02-2009, 01:56 PM
  2. 04 saturn ion quade coupe bumpers
    By nick48430 in forum Classified Archive
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-09-2006, 04:46 PM
  3. Saturn Ion vs Mazda 3 ?
    By jon-paul in forum Newbie
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 04-09-2005, 05:46 AM
  4. 1500 Watt Inverter - An Overkill???
    By alfabob in forum Newbie
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-02-2005, 09:40 PM
  5. FS Lilliput 7" faceplate fabbed into Saturn ION dash
    By brandon in forum Classified Archive
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-24-2004, 10:51 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •