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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGuy View Post
    As a side note, the M2-ATX has no problem powering this setup. If you're looking for (an admittedly) high-performance system that is VERY frugal with it's power requirements, you'd be pretty hard pressed to find a better value than this motherboard. As I said, I have 2 (one ITX, one ATX). Highly recommended.
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    Thanks Mickz & VegasGuy for the quick reviews. The reason for all my questions is I want my new carPC system to last a few years and handle the multitasking I plan to use (GPS, webcam encoding, etc). And when the time comes to retire it, I want to make it a regular house PC that is still usable. Sounds like this mobo is a good bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGuy View Post
    To follow up with Mickz's post, here's a quick synopsis of my environment:

    Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 motherboard, i3 530 processor, 4gb RAM
    128gb Crucial SSD (boot), 500gb Hitachi 2.5 (media)
    Windows 7 ultimate, Centrafuse 3.1, Bluesoleil 8, Garmin GMPC
    XMPCR satellite radion, Visteon HDZ300 HD radio
    Generic ELM327 OBDII, BU-353 USB GPS
    Uniden BCT8 UHF/VHF scanner with custom control plugin
    RelayPros PWM81 8-channel relay controller with custom control plugin
    Creative HD webcam with custom control plugin
    Clear 3G/4G Wimax with Cradlepoint MDR1200 failover router
    DroidX with custom remote control app for Centrafuse
    Custom video streaming app for sending live video out to my media server.
    Over a dozen custom plugins for streaming internet media, Google services, traffic, weather, social media, RSS etc...

    If it's not pretty obvious, this is a fairly robust machine for a carPC. I can pretty much run anything and everything simultaneously without any real problem (as Mickz said, I'd be surprised if it didn't!).

    But if you need an example, I can encode and stream live, 30fps video from my Sony Handycam, while recording it locally and viewing it (along with my webcam) in a PIP display. I capture live GPS position data along with OBDII data and overlay it on the recording, while listening to XM radio and have Garmin provides navigation and routing. I see around 35-60% processor usage in this scenario.

    As a side note, the M2-ATX has no problem powering this setup. If you're looking for (an admittedly) high-performance system that is VERY frugal with it's power requirements, you'd be pretty hard pressed to find a better value than this motherboard. As I said, I have 2 (one ITX, one ATX). Highly recommended.

    VegasGuy
    Do you use standby or hibernate?
    you use the M2-ATX correct?
    -Jesus- King of Kings Lord of Lords

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    Quote Originally Posted by antimatter View Post
    Do you use standby or hibernate?
    you use the M2-ATX correct?
    Actually, until recently, I never had much luck with sleep/hibernation. Occasional blue screens, UI hangs and what not just didn't make it worth while. But it turns out the most likely culprit was some crappy serial-to-USB converters that were throwing a fit everytime I came out of hibernation. I got rid of them a few months back (finished the project I was worknig on). Recently, I have been working on a dual camera DVR app for Centrafuse and needed to test how it handled sleep/hibernate/resume. Lo and behold, everything is working great. I set the M2-ATX to go to standby (12V off, 3.3 and 5V high) 5 seconds after ignition cutoff, and to hold that mode for two hours, then power off. I set the PC to go to sleep on power off, and to hibernate after 1:30 (Win7 hybrid sleep)

    It all works GREAT! Inside 2 hours, I get music in about 5 seconds after key turn. 40 sec otherwise. And the DVR starts recording properly too....which is good.

    But this is all ancient history...or soon will be. I'll start installing this tomorrow:

    ASUS P8H67-I DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBSQ
    128gb Sata6 Corsair SSD

    This actually draws LESS power than my current i3 530 board! Should be some BIG fun. I'll let you all know how it goes and what the performance is like....although I already know since I'm typing this on essentially the same layout. A little more ram, bigger hard drives, but an Asus P67 sabertooth and a Sandy Bridge i5.

    Cheers!

    VegasGuy

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGuy View Post
    Actually, until recently, I never had much luck with sleep/hibernation. Occasional blue screens, UI hangs and what not just didn't make it worth while. But it turns out the most likely culprit was some crappy serial-to-USB converters that were throwing a fit everytime I came out of hibernation. I got rid of them a few months back (finished the project I was worknig on). Recently, I have been working on a dual camera DVR app for Centrafuse and needed to test how it handled sleep/hibernate/resume. Lo and behold, everything is working great. I set the M2-ATX to go to standby (12V off, 3.3 and 5V high) 5 seconds after ignition cutoff, and to hold that mode for two hours, then power off. I set the PC to go to sleep on power off, and to hibernate after 1:30 (Win7 hybrid sleep)

    It all works GREAT! Inside 2 hours, I get music in about 5 seconds after key turn. 40 sec otherwise. And the DVR starts recording properly too....which is good.

    But this is all ancient history...or soon will be. I'll start installing this tomorrow:

    ASUS P8H67-I DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBSQ
    128gb Sata6 Corsair SSD

    This actually draws LESS power than my current i3 530 board! Should be some BIG fun. I'll let you all know how it goes and what the performance is like....although I already know since I'm typing this on essentially the same layout. A little more ram, bigger hard drives, but an Asus P67 sabertooth and a Sandy Bridge i5.

    Cheers!

    VegasGuy
    I have been eyballing that exact same board. Let me know how things work out.
    -Jesus- King of Kings Lord of Lords

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    Hi
    I'm using the same motherboard with m4 -atx and windows 7. Its works great the only hitch being the post time
    Just wondering if you have done anything (i.e change settings) to
    a. Speed up the post time
    b. Speed up loading windows (from hibernate)

    The other annoying things is that when i use my iPod it takes another minute or so to initialize and freezes centrafuse during that time. Any ideas how i can fix that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cham View Post
    Hi
    I'm using the same motherboard with m4 -atx and windows 7. Its works great the only hitch being the post time
    Just wondering if you have done anything (i.e change settings) to
    a. Speed up the post time
    b. Speed up loading windows (from hibernate)

    The other annoying things is that when i use my iPod it takes another minute or so to initialize and freezes centrafuse during that time. Any ideas how i can fix that?
    You talking about the GigaByte or the Asus board? My Asus board posts in about 8 seconds, so I'm up and music playing in Centrafuse in around 40 seconds from cold start. Half that from hibernation, but I don't user that much. I have noticed that it too "hangs" on POST when I have my DroidX attached to USB. I don't know if it gets confused about the kind of device it is, or wants to boot from there or what. Anyway, wasy enough fix...don't connect until after POST.

    Cheers!

    VegasGuy

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    Hi
    I was talking about the gigabyte board.
    It takes around 40s to load from hibernate from mine

    There is no difference in post time when i connect the iPod. jus that centrafuse freezes when i connect it!
    thanks

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    I tried to do the same thing as vegas guy i.e get my car pc to go to sleep first then 2 hours later to hibernate
    In windows power setting i put the power button option to sleep and hibernate to 1hr 50 mins (hybrid sleep is off). I've set my m4 atx to cut off 5v after 2 hours.
    The problem is that when i switch on my car after more than 2 hours windown says that it wasn't shut down properly (when at 1:50 it should have gone to hibernate before the 5v was switched off)
    Any idea what i'm doing wrong?
    thanks

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    I'm thinking of changing my mobo to something that boots to windows a lot faster
    was thinking about this http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=E350M1
    the gigabytes are just too slow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGuy View Post
    To follow up with Mickz's post, here's a quick synopsis of my environment:

    Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 motherboard, i3 530 processor, 4gb RAM
    128gb Crucial SSD (boot), 500gb Hitachi 2.5 (media)
    Windows 7 ultimate, Centrafuse 3.1, Bluesoleil 8, Garmin GMPC
    XMPCR satellite radion, Visteon HDZ300 HD radio
    Generic ELM327 OBDII, BU-353 USB GPS
    Uniden BCT8 UHF/VHF scanner with custom control plugin
    RelayPros PWM81 8-channel relay controller with custom control plugin
    Creative HD webcam with custom control plugin
    Clear 3G/4G Wimax with Cradlepoint MDR1200 failover router
    DroidX with custom remote control app for Centrafuse
    Custom video streaming app for sending live video out to my media server.
    Over a dozen custom plugins for streaming internet media, Google services, traffic, weather, social media, RSS etc...

    If it's not pretty obvious, this is a fairly robust machine for a carPC. I can pretty much run anything and everything simultaneously without any real problem (as Mickz said, I'd be surprised if it didn't!).

    But if you need an example, I can encode and stream live, 30fps video from my Sony Handycam, while recording it locally and viewing it (along with my webcam) in a PIP display. I capture live GPS position data along with OBDII data and overlay it on the recording, while listening to XM radio and have Garmin provides navigation and routing. I see around 35-60% processor usage in this scenario.

    As a side note, the M2-ATX has no problem powering this setup. If you're looking for (an admittedly) high-performance system that is VERY frugal with it's power requirements, you'd be pretty hard pressed to find a better value than this motherboard. As I said, I have 2 (one ITX, one ATX). Highly recommended.

    VegasGuy

    Hi,
    do you powering your monitor with the same m2-atx?
    my setup quite same as your;
    m2atx
    Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 motherboard, i3 540 processor, 4gb RAM
    lilliput 669gl-70np/c/t
    usb hub
    the pc can't start unless i unplug power cable to monitor & usb hub first.
    or could be m2atx not enough for my setup. i hv using another dc-dc (65w) to powering the monitor.
    but the power for the second psu still came from m2atx.
    any suggestion?

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