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    Pentium M vs Intel ATOM Board

    I had noticed in the MP3car store that they were selling an Intel Pentium M 740, Intel Celeron M Processor, and the heatsink fan for the Pentium/Celeron M processors.

    Also, on Amazon I found an Intel D945GCLF Mini-ITX ATOM Board for around $75.

    My question is two-fold.

    I had checked online to see if the Intel parts would fit together, and I was confused by the pins on both the processor and the MB. Does anyone know if those three parts would all fit together?

    Second question is that for the money, would it be better to go with the Intel parts for $40 or fork out the extra $35 dollars for the ATOM board. I had read in another forum that ATOM boards are extremely popular right now and can be extremely easy to use in a carPC.

    I'm still *attempting* to learn the rules about putting together corresponding parts.

    Thanks ahead of time.

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    The ATOM board comes with a CPU already on it. You would need a different motherboard for an Intel Pentium M 740 or an Intel Celeron M Processor.

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    ^^ Exactly what he says. Just purchase the D945GCLF board and the processor already comes with it.

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    yes, the processor is built in. I would like to see a comparison between a board running the 740 pentium M, and the gclf atom. I know both are very decent

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    The P-M will kill the Atom in benchmarks. Functionality wise, the Atom can do everything you need and will be slightly easier on your battery. However, boot speed for the P-M will be much better.
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    The atom is a nice all in one board. I would get the D945GCLF2 if I were you though.

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    Damn, didn't expect so many replies so fast, thanks guys.

    The atom is a nice all in one board. I would get the D945GCLF2 if I were you though.
    Yeah, I saw that board as well, and was thinking about going with it. The only problem is being a college student working at a dead-end job, I can't afford to dish out too much money for this carPC.

    I think I'll end up sticking with one of the ATOM boards, as it'd be more convenient because of the package deal.

    Again, thanks a lot for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiCKeD 5.9L View Post
    The P-M will kill the Atom in benchmarks. Functionality wise, the Atom can do everything you need and will be slightly easier on your battery. However, boot speed for the P-M will be much better.
    The slow boot times are the biggest gripe I've read about the Atom boards.

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    So both of the boards listed on the Basement Bargain section in the store are processors right? I had assumed that one was the MoBo and the other was the processor, because I had read that the pins would fit together, even though they had different pin numbers labeled in their descriptions (I guess that they mislabeled the M740 with socket 479 when it actually has socket 478).

    I'd love to have a faster boot time, as I hope to wire it so that it boots out of hibernate rather than a cold boot.

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    Research, research, research. Fast boot times are a tricky animal. It's a combination of motherboard post times, hard drive specs and tweaking windows.

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