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    atom processors

    so i was on tiger directs website and i came across http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...884&CatId=4618 its a mini itx and atom processor I've never used the atom line before and was wondering if anyone has. there is a video on the page with some guy who seems pretty confident that this is pretty powerful. any way has any one used one of these before cause i was think of buying it for my install and use one of the Black Double Din Nano-ITX Carputer Enclosure so i don't have to take up anymore room in my trunk and run wires for everything i need back there. any thought or recommendations

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    I am pretty happy with mine. I went with the fanless one as well, and with a m2-atx, my carputer is completely fanless. The processor is definetely fast enough for my needs (music, GPS, video, phone, light surfing).

    The lower power consumption is nice, and can usually can run my carputer off battery only for at least 12 hours with no issue with only the standard car battery installed.

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    I have the IONITX-B-E in my car. I wasn't expecting much from it as I was only looking for audio capabilities and running Centrafuse but have to say I am impressed with it. It runs Windows 7 flawlwssly, and despite being fanless stays pretty cool.

    Note that this board is mini-itx and not nano-it" though. It probably won't fit in a double-din enclosure. For nano-itx you would want to look at one of these: http://www.logicsupply.com/categorie...oards/nano_itx

    Only negative is if you intend to use a PicoPSU power supply with it (http://www.mini-box.com/DC-DC). One of the memory slots is right against the power plug and with the PicoPSU plugged directly into the board you can't use the second memory slot.

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    I can't wait til Pico-ITX boards are readily available and powerful enough to do the current video standards. I'd love to make an HTPC the footprint of a bluray drive. If only they could build in dts-hd decoding or send it un-molested to my receiver!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mshowman View Post
    I have the IONITX-B-E in my car. I wasn't expecting much from it as I was only looking for audio capabilities and running Centrafuse but have to say I am impressed with it. It runs Windows 7 flawlwssly, and despite being fanless stays pretty cool.

    Note that this board is mini-itx and not nano-it" though. It probably won't fit in a double-din enclosure. For nano-itx you would want to look at one of these: http://www.logicsupply.com/categorie...oards/nano_itx

    Only negative is if you intend to use a PicoPSU power supply with it (http://www.mini-box.com/DC-DC). One of the memory slots is right against the power plug and with the PicoPSU plugged directly into the board you can't use the second memory slot.

    was just thinking maybe a little fab work could get everything to fix properly

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    FYI, I mounted a mini-ITX into my double DIN enclosure, although only had millimeters to spare. I gutted out the stock double din radio cage and was able to mount the mini-ITX within it as well as my PS and 2.5" hard drive. This may work for you as well.

    EDIT: Mini-itx, not micro-itx

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehump View Post
    FYI, I mounted a micro-ITX into my double DIN enclosure, although only had millimeters to spare. I gutted out the stock double din radio cage and was able to mount the mini-ITX within it as well as my PS and 2.5" hard drive. This may work for you as well.
    thanks. you guys have been helpful what about the total performance any lag or anything

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    I haven't had any problems in my use, but I've heard Atom processors in general tend to get choppy with higher resolution video. Probably not a problem for Car PC's, but not a good solution for home media boxes.

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    Boards based on Atom 330 and nVidia Ion chipset are good enough.
    Zotac and Asus are the best, depending on what do you need,
    take a look on the comparison of Ion boards.

    I think it's a bad idea to put the carPC into the dash:
    -not enough space
    -wiring is difficult
    -cooling is difficult

    You should put the carPC under the seat. It't easier to run wires from there to the dash
    for the screen, and to the amplifier(s).
    Check my worklog:
    Corsa + Atom + Gentoo Linux + 9" capacitive touchscreen

    Lord of the boards: DFI CP100-NRM

    "Or you can try Ubuntu, but than don't tell everyone you are using linux,
    because it's just a secret unreleased prebeta of Windows 3829" :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplex View Post
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    I think it's a bad idea to put the carPC into the dash:
    -not enough space
    -wiring is difficult
    -cooling is difficult

    You should put the carPC under the seat. It't easier to run wires from there to the dash
    for the screen, and to the amplifier(s).
    I would disagree. I have a mini-ITX, full size HD, M4, and HD tuner in a home made rack (don't consider it a case because it is open on top front and rear) mounted in the space left behind by a double DIN radio. It's a tad taller than the double DIN radio but that is due to the HD radio tuner.

    Wiring is easier because it is all right there already from the headunit.

    I've only had overheating issues when running the computer with the truck closed up, in the driveway, in the summer, in Texas, and working on it remotely.

    VS under the seat I have more space and don't have to worry about it getting kicked by back seat passengers, no worries of it getting wet etc.

    If you can put it in the dash, put it in the dash.


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