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    VIA is no longer king

    ..of low power that is


    The title is a bit brazen but after reading this article I think its a safe claim to make

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article313-page1.html

    Specifically this page that has power consumption tables
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article313-page5.html


    VIA claims their Epia boards to have a max power consumption of 21W, 14W or 10W depending on what press release you read. Its been found by testers though that consumption is quite a bit higher even at idle (40-60)


    The SPC review found that the lowest power consumption came from the P-M 770 Dothan which sucked only 1W at idle and 14W at load


    So not only do you get lower power consumption with new chips like the Intel P-Ms and the AMD Turions, you get far superior performance. Sounds like a winner to me
    No question that my next build is going to be a non VIA solution

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    It looks like you're comparing P-Ms and Turions, which are CPUs, to an EPIA motherboard. You need to look the just the C3 or C7 chip for an apples-to-apples comparison of CPUs.

    It may well be that Via chips are now inferior in power consumption, but there's no conclusion you can draw from those links.

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    I think the point is that there are solutions that draw as little power as a Via EPIA motherboard with a C3 or C7 CPU but have far more computing horsepower.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    14W is JUST the CPU power, whereas my entire Via board runs around 27W input to the M2-ATX with wifi, HD, etc, under load. Plus, the intel solution ends up being more expensive, forcing you to buy a seperate board and cpu. Though you present a valid alternative to Via, you are a bit too bold in saying Via is dead.
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    Next Carpc may need that kinda horsepower, but my Via board is just fine for now


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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert
    I think the point is that there are solutions that draw as little power as a Via EPIA motherboard with a C3 or C7 CPU but have far more computing horsepower.
    Exactly why I dumped my Mini-ITX solution in favor of an Aopen MP915 Mini PC. 24W total power consumption while playing a DVD with 802.11G wireless. Highest peak EVER under any conditions, 31W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnatGoSplat
    Exactly why I dumped my Mini-ITX solution in favor of an Aopen MP915 Mini PC. 24W total power consumption while playing a DVD with 802.11G wireless. Highest peak EVER under any conditions, 31W.
    Yeah. For what my Pandora draws, I get tons of power. I could never bring myself to putting a "slow" (relatively speaking to today's desktops and laptops) PC into my car... just seems like a step backwards. This is why VIA was never an option for me, I'm glad I waited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amthar
    Yeah. For what my Pandora draws, I get tons of power. I could never bring myself to putting a "slow" (relatively speaking to today's desktops and laptops) PC into my car... just seems like a step backwards. This is why VIA was never an option for me, I'm glad I waited.
    so what exactly can you not do on the VIA boards that you can now do on these Intel boards?
    3D image rendering? we're driving here!!


    mine deals with GPS, Movies, MP3, Email etc all fine, I've got a PS2 to play games on. 1.2Ghz is fine for me needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konnichiwa
    so what exactly can you not do on the VIA boards that you can now do on these Intel boards?
    3D image rendering? we're driving here!!


    mine deals with GPS, Movies, MP3, Email etc all fine, I've got a PS2 to play games on. 1.2Ghz is fine for me needs.
    Probably nothing from a practical standpoint (unless you like playing games in the car). However, for me, the cost to go with the Aopen Pandora was very competitive. Maybe even cheaper. Less cost + more performance = Better buy.

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    I would go for the cheapest option, unless the difference was negliglable.

    I of course didnt mean you should get the slower board if the price/size is the same!!

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