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    VIA vs. Pentium 4

    VIA vs. Pentium 4

    Id like opinions on what the pros and cons are of each.

    I have OPUS 150W

    also Id like to have the pc up front not in the trunk

    thanks everyone

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    VIA:

    Smaller than mATX, cheaper than P4 ITX (processor is included with VIA)
    Uses less power
    Produces less heat
    Small heatsink, quieter fan

    P4

    FASTER
    More expensive, or larger mobo.
    Uses more power (processor and mobo)
    More heat
    noisier fans required

    People choose the VIA usually because it is smaller and cheaper. Depends if the VIA will do what you want it to. I switched from VIA to mATX/Athlon because I felt it needed more oomph.
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    If you already have an Opus 150 and you're NOT going to be playing Doom3 in your car, get a VIA. They're not as powerful, but they also don't draw 100W at idle like the Pentium 3.4 EE.
    For mp3/DivX/DVD/GPS, a VIA processor will be just fine. Just don't try to run photoshop or a video conversion program on it.
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    Yeah... P3 1GHz will do you fine. You don't need P4...

    ...although...

    It sure was fun hooking up my P4/GeForce6800OC GT tower in the van and playing Doom3 over the sound system. Okay antimatter... NOW I want 5.1 surround.

    Made me think of someday making a straigt-up mega-gaming van, with just a fat easy chair in the back, 5.1, nice 30-something" screen, big sound.

    Or a UPS-style boxtruck LAN-VAN. Hm... I should start looking for hardware sponsors.
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    P4's mobo does have small size too.

    Quote Originally Posted by pip
    VIA:

    Smaller than mATX, cheaper than P4 ITX (processor is included with VIA)
    Uses less power
    Produces less heat
    Small heatsink, quieter fan

    P4

    FASTER
    More expensive, or larger mobo.
    Uses more power (processor and mobo)
    More heat
    noisier fans required

    People choose the VIA usually because it is smaller and cheaper. Depends if the VIA will do what you want it to. I switched from VIA to mATX/Athlon because I felt it needed more oomph.
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    p4...why? cause it's cool and you can

    It can fit up front...with a little help
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    Quote Originally Posted by faichiu
    P4's mobo does have small size too.
    Thats what I said. ITX P4 mobo & P4 is the same size but is an expensive combination...MATX mobos & Athlon processors work out to a similar cost but are larger.
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    nrls2000 how much you pay for your mobo and processor combo?

    so VIA is ok say if I want (in the future) to have dual monitor and run navigation while using the other screen for mp3 .. or etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanMan69
    Yeah... P3 1GHz will do you fine. You don't need P4...

    ...although...

    It sure was fun hooking up my P4/GeForce6800OC GT tower in the van and playing Doom3 over the sound system. Okay antimatter... NOW I want 5.1 surround.

    Made me think of someday making a straigt-up mega-gaming van, with just a fat easy chair in the back, 5.1, nice 30-something" screen, big sound.

    Or a UPS-style boxtruck LAN-VAN. Hm... I should start looking for hardware sponsors.
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    I've got a P4 crammed in my dash...

    I only have 2 fans with it too, and it's fine, no noise or anything as mentioned earlier. One on the chipset, the other, duh...

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