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    Well I did that so I don't have to either do a 2 hour review inside the car (with the damn heat that we have in miami) or bring the rest of the car inside my house (and I say the rest cus a big part of the car is inside already)

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    Quote Originally Posted by thanatos106
    Well I did that so I don't have to either do a 2 hour review inside the car (with the damn heat that we have in miami) or bring the rest of the car inside my house (and I say the rest cus a big part of the car is inside already)

    Thanatos.
    Oh ok, I didn't get that from the original post...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuprchargdMazda
    I'm in the search for a processor right now to run on a M2, saw your post and went to newegg.com and looked up 90nm process type Sempron series, and the only cpu that came up was the Sempron 3100+ : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819104220

    Is this the only one that uses up about 30W, cuz I know according to http://users.erols.com/chare/elec.htm Semprons use up ~65W?
    Look for the Sempron 64. They should all be using the 90nm process. Verify before buying, just to make sure. Newegg shows 7 models:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...289&Submit=ENE
    2500+
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    Only the models starting at 3000+ and above have the "Quiet and Cool" feature meaning it can be throttled back under light loads to run even cooler. My 3000+ fan stays off most the time! The mobo needs to support "Quiet and Cool" as well for it to work. I give some details here:
    Survey: Startup times and methods

    The fastest of the older 130nm Semprons may use about 60-65 watts max, but AMD decided to use that max figure for all the Semprons. If you look at a power consumption table you will see all Semprons using the same max number even though the speeds and voltages vary. I don't know why AMD did that, but don't be fooled. These new 90nm run much cooler than the older 130nm ones. The trick is getting a good mobo that supports the "QnC" feature as well as has fan control to keep the noise down.

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    Eh, sorry for bringing a review up from the dead. But... I've got a newb question which I've searched for with no answer. So bare w/ the question. How do you hook up HDDs and CD Drives to the M2-ATX, I dont see any of those 4 pin molex connectors or anything and the wiring harness picture in the Mp3car.com/store didnt show anything either... neither did the manuals.

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    The m2-atx's cord which runs from the m2-atx to the atx power connector on the mobo branches off into 2 HDD/CD connectors and 1 smaller floppy connector. From there you can split the connectors into as many devices as you have and can power.
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    Thanks for the help!
    Alright, well, this thread has convinced me to get the M2-ATX instead of the Opus 150W. Thanks again.

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    I would like to append the review:

    For me, the ultimate selling point was the ability to connect something to the external on/off jumper. I connected wires 4 and 5 to my tview's external control board, and now my tview auto turns on with the computer. I used to think this was going to be imposible to acomplish!

    edit: tview is the brand name of my lcd screen, i think it is a type of xenarc?
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    That sounds like an awesome feature. I am definitely set on this PSU now. This thread has been an awesome selling point. Plus its around $50 cheaper! I love it.

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