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    Low Power, low heat, amazingly powerful chip

    For anyone out there who is looking for a more powerful alternative to the via ITX chips, there is now quite a good choice. The Pentium M, intel's mobile chip, now has desktop micro-atx boards available. It consums about 28 watts at full load, runs at around 65 degrees without a fan. And performs about half a step below any of the top level desktop chips (athlon 64 FX Pentium 4 Prescott). It's faster than a 3.6ghz prescott and an fx55 in most game benchmarks. At 2.3 ghz.





    here's the article - Pentium M

    If only I had money...

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    Quote Originally Posted by antirush
    For anyone out there who is looking for a more powerful alternative to the via ITX chips, there is now quite a good choice. The Pentium M, intel's mobile chip, now has desktop micro-atx boards available. It consums about 28 watts at full load, runs at around 65 degrees without a fan. And performs about half a step below any of the top level desktop chips (athlon 64 FX Pentium 4 Prescott). It's faster than a 3.6ghz prescott and an fx55 in most game benchmarks. At 2.3 ghz.
    i bought my laptop when they introduced pentium m and i could really tell a big difference i can keep my laptop powered longer almost twice.


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    Yeah, the Pentium M is a very nice chip. It's nice to see these mobile chips becoming available on the desktop, I think the mobile Athlon is available too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mushin
    Yeah, the Pentium M is a very nice chip. It's nice to see these mobile chips becoming available on the desktop, I think the mobile Athlon is available too.
    Yep, and they are cheap. But they aren't always detected on desktop boards

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    I'm typing this from my Pentium M lappy right now. I agree, these chips rock and I've already started looking for a good Pentium M small form factor alternative for in-car use. When I looked a few weeks ago at this, the only alternative (still not available) was going to be $1000+ US for a board and chip. That's a bit too expensive for my tastes!

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    AOpen has a nice Pentium M desktop board

    Here is the info on the board:
    i855GMEm-LFS

    Here is where you can buy the board:
    store.myaopen.com

    MicroATX form factor, 4X AGP slot, 3PCI slots, 2 DDR333 (up to 2GB), supports Dothan or Banias CPUs, ATA, SATA, DUAL GLan, integrated 5.1, 6xUSB 2.0, firewire, S/PDIF on board...

    and that's the short list.. all for just $267 USD (not including the CPU of course).
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