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    Epia vs. Regular Motherboard

    ok i tried searching for my answer, but havent seen it.

    So ... is there a REALLLY big value going with Epia??

    I am asuming the advantage is that it consumes a LOT less power and is a lot more compact, however probably less powerful for the price?

    Thats what i am assuming from what i have seen. (since as u know cpu speed is often relative)

    So basically what i want to do u really think i should go for the Epia over a Regular compact anthalon board ???

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    i'd get an epia just becuase its compact and takes up less power. The M10k has more then enough horse power to play dvd's. If you get an athlon get an older one under a 1ghz. I wouldn't put anything higher because they produce way too much heat and in a car setup that is very bad
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    i'd go for epia, or a micro atx bec. no matter how hi-tech your setup is, at the end of the day if your comp. keeps on booting or failing due to lack of power, then you really have nothing. on a car setup, efficiency is the name of the game.

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    efficiency, well i can use my p4 2.66ghz, with a gigabyte ga-sinxp1394 m/b, 1 gig ddr ram, 40 gig 7200rpm hdd, dvd rom, tv tuner card, 12.1 inch tft touchscreen, usb kyb, mouse @ powered hub, plus on top of that, 2 12 inch subs, monoblock producing 800rms @ 2 ohm, 4 channel amp, front & rear splits, h/u, centre channel amp and speaker, alpine dolby digital 5.1 processor,(i think, wait hope thats all of it) yea i can run all that for 4 hours off a 600watt power inverter and it drains 1.1 volts how is that not efficient. oh and the stereo isn't quite either....

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    i have a mini-ATX with a celeron 1.7Ghz and i'm not having any issues at all with power consumption and heat, the heat may prove to be a problem in the summer though, that has yet to be seen (a black car will do that)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Mx6
    efficiency, well i can use my p4 2.66ghz, with a gigabyte ga-sinxp1394 m/b, 1 gig ddr ram, 40 gig 7200rpm hdd, dvd rom, tv tuner card, 12.1 inch tft touchscreen, usb kyb, mouse @ powered hub, plus on top of that, 2 12 inch subs, monoblock producing 800rms @ 2 ohm, 4 channel amp, front & rear splits, h/u, centre channel amp and speaker, alpine dolby digital 5.1 processor,(i think, wait hope thats all of it) yea i can run all that for 4 hours off a 600watt power inverter and it drains 1.1 volts how is that not efficient. oh and the stereo isn't quite either....
    600w...! What are you doing that requires all that power. My system runs on less than 30w.
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    there are plans to also run a xbox etc.. on it all.......

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    Well for starters I dont think you'd want an Athlon board. They are way to hot for a car. Even a 950 needs a lot of cooling.

    If you want to go with a regular motherboard, go with an Intel setup with a Celeron chip.

    If the motherboard has Onboard VGA and SOUND you make a small case for it and it will be just as convenient as any EPIA motherboard. If you make the case yourself you could probably bust a 2" thick case. I may consider doing this because I'm not sre I want to spend 150 + for EPIA stuff when for 40 dollars you can probably find old Celeron COMBOS out on Ebay.

    Plus my Silverado with Center Console has small A/C vents on the consol for back seat passengers. I'm gonna route the vents into the CASE for awesome Cooling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Mx6
    efficiency, well i can use my p4 2.66ghz, with a gigabyte ga-sinxp1394 m/b, 1 gig ddr ram, 40 gig 7200rpm hdd, dvd rom, tv tuner card, 12.1 inch tft touchscreen, usb kyb, mouse @ powered hub, plus on top of that, 2 12 inch subs, monoblock producing 800rms @ 2 ohm, 4 channel amp, front & rear splits, h/u, centre channel amp and speaker, alpine dolby digital 5.1 processor,(i think, wait hope thats all of it) yea i can run all that for 4 hours off a 600watt power inverter and it drains 1.1 volts how is that not efficient. oh and the stereo isn't quite either....
    How is that possible , im going to buy an Opus Psu because of its high efficiency , one thing i really want is to be able to run the car pc with the engine off for at least 2 hours ,(want to watch movies with girlfriend ) and your system is able to draw 600 wats from your battery for 4 hours
    How long can a normal car battery keep a system that draws about 90wats powered ??? ( using an opus ).

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    that would require a 200Ah battery to delivery 600W (50amps @12v ) as far as I knew car batteries were about 100? you must have one beefy batt....

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