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Thread: Upgrading CarPC - Thoughts on specs?

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    Good feedback soundman, thank you.

    Again, really leaning towards this board now more and more -- I just would love to hear from someone that has this particular board and is using the onboard sound, either jacks or optical with their thoughts on it.

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131408

    just to kind to through another board into the mix. i have been looking at this one for a while. seems like a nice all in one package.

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    Hey Brian. I can't seem to pull up that link... It redirects me to this page:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ription=13-131
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Suggested&Description=13-131

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    Update:
    Purchased a DMHD1000 from fellow member dyne (Thanks dyne) -- Included in purchase is mitch's cable, and an extension for the antenna (he's also a fellow e46'er).

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    Quote Originally Posted by house98 View Post
    Hey Brian. I can't seem to pull up that link... It redirects me to this page:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ription=13-131
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Suggested&Description=13-131
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    Thanks Tidder...

    And thanks Brian... I must have missed that board.

    So... hrm.. it has BlueTooth built-in ... nice.

    Argh! i'm like Natalie Imbruglia ... I'm torn.


    So it's down to these two boards

    Comments?

    ZOTAC IONITX-D-E Intel Atom N330 Dual Core 1.6 GHz 441 NVIDIA ION : $170
    Built-in Wifi, Max alocated Video Ram (512MB), Sound Quality (?)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813500030

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    ASUS AT3N7A-I Intel Atom 330 (1M Cache, 1.6GHz, Dual-Core) NVIDIA ION - $160
    Built-in Bluetooth
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131408

    Here's the comparison URL between the two... Is there anything I'm missing that's different between these two, other than Wifi/Bluetooth? Anyone with experience on sound from either of these?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131408

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    Quote Originally Posted by house98 View Post
    Update:
    Purchased a DMHD1000 from fellow member dyne (Thanks dyne) -- Included in purchase is mitch's cable, and an extension for the antenna (he's also a fellow e46'er).
    hell yeah. i still havent installed mine, i bought it for $55 shipped on ebay about a month ago. not a whole lot of motivation since my town doesnt even have hd radio yet. still, there are places i go that do and it would be fun to try it out. project #4 million on the list i guess...

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    @Trader heh yeah, i looked on ebay now for several days... either no mention of DMHD or listed for $120+ ... But I got what I feel is a fair deal for both the radio + Mitch's cable + Extension cable specific to my car ... $80 not bad.

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    cable is worth $25, so you paid the same as i did alltogether.

    looks like they are scarce on ebay now, but there is a sole one i bet you can snag for under $50 if you sniper the auction... http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Direc...shQ5fReceivers

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    My 2cents on CPU for car PC

    CPU choice is important and really depends on what you want the car PC to do. Mine is just an MP3 player running WinAMP and Vectir bluetooth remote software on XP and it works great on my ancient Penitum 3-ULV tablet PC. It's not fast enough for bluetooth audio, though.

    Having a hardware decoder in the sound and video devices can go a long way in reducing need for CPU speed if you're mostly doing media playback. Most SoundBlaster Live/Audigy/X-Fi hardware has MP3 and/or WMA hardware decode acceleration, as do most recent GPUs for DivX and x264 (anything that has HDMI is a good bet). Personally, I can't tolerate the sound quality of any analog on-board audio I've heard - they always sound muddy. If the car's stereo/amp is any good, the difference will be pretty clear. If you're just using the digital out, though, it won't really matter.

    The dual-core Atom processors are great - faster than a Pentium M 2GHz (which is comparable to an AMD dual-core 2GHz). There are even some that are hyper-threaded, which give you 4 logical CPUs. I wouldn't bother with a single core atom unless power consumption or heat is a major issue, since the price difference is pretty minimal. I agree with the previous poster that the VIA CPU should be avoided altogether as the performance is well below an Atom.

    I'd suggest a netbook w/ dual-core Atom if for the sake of being able to set it to go into sleep mode instead of having to wait for it to boot every time I get in the car. It's also cheaper to buy a netbook than to build a mini-ITX system in most cases. Of course that limits you to USB or bluetooth for any add-on devices and the video chip isn't likely to be very good.

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