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Thread: OPUS Vs. Carnetix

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    Thumbs up OPUS Vs. Carnetix

    So now the big question, I just purchased a M10000 Board, now what P.S will be enough? What is best for idiot proof install? Also what is the differences if any between an OPUS 90W and a Carnetix setup? Is it only the price? Please educate me!

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    Its because right now its still the best solution....It will power your M1000 with no problems....


    - 90 Watt output
    - Built in auto shutdown
    - Delayed shutdown timer
    - Wide input voltage range
    - On/Off power switch input
    - High Efficiency DC-DC Power Supply (extended battery life)
    - Remote trigger output

    What do you want more ??
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    I guess I don't want to spend DOUBLE the price of the Carnetix if it does the same thing as the opus, just trying to verify this..

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    Opus is a full ATX power supply with build in SDC. Carnetix is a power regulator with build in SDC.
    Carnetix can't be use alone. You have to use it with those PW_xxxx PSU or some case that come with the PW type PSU (regulated 12V input).
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    Well...I just can't a carnetix with a 60W morex P/S better then OPUS 90W? It terms of reliability and price? Also, if I purchase the OPUS 90W, what cases would fit it prefect, because from what I understand I DONT need another p/s when using the opus 90W.

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    <----------Will this case, be able to fit an opus 90W? Also, would a carnetix be compatible with it? Or do I have to replace with power supply in the case.

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    I would say it's up to you:

    If you have a big case, you can put in the Opus, then chose the Opus.

    If you have a smal case, like the travla 134 or the morex 3688, both allready have their PSU, and the opus won't fit, then use the carnetix.

    My system will have the morex 3688 case, and i will put the carnetix in the car, whats also very good, as the system can be used outside the car, with the suplly that morex includes to the 3688-packeg.

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    I fit an Opus 150 in a Morex 2699 along with a 3.5" hard drive. I had to take the case off the Opus, though.

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    Here are a couple of tips to help with the choosing:

    1) If you HAVE a case, or are going to BUY a case that comes with a DC-DC PSU already installed (like the Travla C134 or the Morex 26XX/36XX cases do) it would be cheaper to buy the CarNetix regulator. Your alternative would be to throw away the PSU that came with the case and replace it with an Opus.

    2) If you plan to add lots of power-hungry peripheral devices, or power hungry 3.5" HDD(s) to your system, consult the "power simulators" on various websites. If your simulation comes out greater than 60 watts, go with the Opus.

    3) In general, the CarNetix can handle:
    EPIA M10000 mobo
    512k Ram
    2.5" Laptop HDD
    Slim CD/DVD ROM drive
    GPS mouse
    USB hub
    USB mouse
    USB Keyboard
    WiFi client
    XMPCR receiver
    RadioXtreme FM radio
    Lilliput 7" screen

    You can see the current/power measurements for these devices HERE

    Again, the CNX-P1260 was designed to allow you to buy a case with internal PSU and KEEP IT...not throw it away. The P1260 will handle most low to mid range systems. It has several other features to help make life easier, like "pulse start" if you want to turn your system on/off with a wireless device (car alarm, wifi), and delayed "remote" control to help prevent speaker "thump" when you audio amp is powered.

    In your case, the case you are looking at on ebay has an AC PSU (90W) already inside. Your choices are: 1) keep it and use an inverter, 2) get rid of it and buy a CarNetix AND a Morex 60Watt DC-DC PSU ($35) (again, if your system can run on 60 watts), OR 3) buy an OPUS. Your real choice is what components will you add how much power will your particular system demand..

    I hope this helps with your decision.

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    But is the Carnetix (in conjuction with a P.S) the same exact thing as an OPUS set up? What is different? Yeah, I do want to use the computer not just in the car (easy to update stuff if I bring it in the house) so I am leading towards Carnetix, just hope its not a pain in the arse to set up..

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