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May 20, 2004 2:18:23 PM

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Hey,

I'm thinking about building small PC, preferably Intel CPU, since I then can
use a smaller PSU. (Not sure how small a PSU I can do with for building an
power AMD machine?!)

Which ASUS is the best ? Considering I need Lan, Sound and GFX etc build
into the MB

Thanks,
jorgen

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Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
May 20, 2004 3:29:36 PM

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As ingo, I now have my eye on the ASUS P4R800-V Dlx - but unfortunately this
is not a micro atx . So are there any simular with TV-out functionality in
the ASUS series ?


"Jorgen [2400]" <popdreng_væk@popfyr.dk_> wrote in message
news:HQZqc.2462$b11.1133@news.get2net.dk...
> Hey,
>
> I'm thinking about building small PC, preferably Intel CPU, since I then
> can use a smaller PSU. (Not sure how small a PSU I can do with for
> building an power AMD machine?!)
>
> Which ASUS is the best ? Considering I need Lan, Sound and GFX etc build
> into the MB
>
> Thanks,
> jorgen
>
>
May 20, 2004 9:53:32 PM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus (More info?)

In article <HQZqc.2462$b11.1133@news.get2net.dk>, "Jorgen [2400]"
<popdreng_væk@popfyr.dk_> wrote:

> Hey,
>
> I'm thinking about building small PC, preferably Intel CPU, since I then can
> use a smaller PSU. (Not sure how small a PSU I can do with for building an
> power AMD machine?!)
>
> Which ASUS is the best ? Considering I need Lan, Sound and GFX etc build
> into the MB
>
> Thanks,
> jorgen

P4P800-VM is the only one that has nothing but positive
comments. Many others have issues of one sort and another.
Stay away from P4Rxxx with ATI chipset!

A7N8X-VM/400 has issues with PC3200 memory. The onboard
video only works with PC2700 memory, and no one wants to
invest in memory like that now, as it would have little
resale value.

Paul
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Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
May 21, 2004 1:48:55 PM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus (More info?)

But again, this model is missing the vital tv-out for creating a perfect
multimedia-living-room machine.

It's seems like it's only the atx - boards which can support this (like the
P4R800- v dlx)

- jorgen

"Paul" <nospam@needed.com> wrote in message
news:nospam-2005041754170001@192.168.1.177...
> In article <HQZqc.2462$b11.1133@news.get2net.dk>, "Jorgen [2400]"
> <popdreng_væk@popfyr.dk_> wrote:
>
>> Hey,
>>
>> I'm thinking about building small PC, preferably Intel CPU, since I then
>> can
>> use a smaller PSU. (Not sure how small a PSU I can do with for building
>> an
>> power AMD machine?!)
>>
>> Which ASUS is the best ? Considering I need Lan, Sound and GFX etc build
>> into the MB
>>
>> Thanks,
>> jorgen
>
> P4P800-VM is the only one that has nothing but positive
> comments. Many others have issues of one sort and another.
> Stay away from P4Rxxx with ATI chipset!
>
> A7N8X-VM/400 has issues with PC3200 memory. The onboard
> video only works with PC2700 memory, and no one wants to
> invest in memory like that now, as it would have little
> resale value.
>
> Paul
May 23, 2004 6:39:53 AM

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In article <ZHErc.532$5U3.424@news.get2net.dk>, "Jorgen [2400]"
<popdreng_væk@popfyr.dk_> wrote:

> for example, im looking at these cases
>
> AOpen H 340H = 200 watts
> Antec LifeStyle Minuet = 220 Watts
> AOpen H 360A = 250 Watts
>
> but I've had one bad experience with a PSU burning out on my previous
> system.
>
> - jorgen

It takes a lot of work to engineer a small system. The smaller the case,
the harder it is to balance power dissipation, noise, and performance.

In terms of raw power, 250 watts of power is enough to power a pretty
impressive system. The trick is, the power has to be in the right place,
to prevent overloading any one output. A P4 system powers the processor
from +12V, as do some of the current Athlon64 class systems. Boards
with AthlonXP (socket 462) tend to draw power from +5V, rather than +12V.
One hint of this, is the presence of the 2x2 ATX12V power connector.
Since the ATX 20pin power connector has only one +12V pin, and a pin
is limited to 6 amps of current, 72W at 80% efficiency, or 57.2W isn't
enough power for a lot of processors. That is why, either a 2x2 connector
is used, with two more +12V pins, or the designers use +5V and its multiple
pins, to draw the power.

What this means, is you should be shopping for a different 250W supply,
depending on whether the motherboard seeks its power from +5 or +12.
Also, if you insist on using a high end video card, ATI9800/FX5900 class
cards draw 5V@10A and 12V@2A while doing 3D gaming. So, that is also a
major consumer of power, and has to be accounted for.

Power numbers are hard to get, as I discovered when I visited the
Shuttle web site. Shuttle makes small systems that are suited for
what you want to do, but I couldn't find specs for the power supply
used in the AMD and P4 systems. Both of the example systems below have
250W power supplies, but it is possible they have different limits on
their 3.3, 5.0, and +12V outputs. Here are the example systems:

http://www.shuttle.com/hq/product/product_b_intel.asp
http://www.shuttle.com/hq/product/product_b_amd.asp
ftp://ftp.shuttle.com/Manuals/en/fb61/fb61v3en.zip (P4/865 graphics)
ftp://ftp.shuttle.com/Manuals/en/fn41/fn41v3en.zip (AthlonXP/Nforce2 IGP)

I don't see a video output on those machines, so a cheap low end video
card would be a minimum extra purchase.

The systems intended for multimedia use, generally have power
specs, and make it easier to engineer. That Ibase system based
on the ATI RS300 chipset, has numbers like:

Power Consumption
Pentium 4 2.4GHz (512KB) with 256MB DDR memory
+5V: 3.29A; +12V: 4.83A

Pentium 4 3.06GHz (512KB) with 512MB DDR memory
+5V: 3.17A; +12V: 7.14A

If you use a decent size case, like a mid sized ATX, you can stick a
bigger power supply in it, or add case fans, and you have room to work.
The smaller the case, the harder it is to work in there, there are
fewer powering options (like the 250W limit), power budgeting must
be done more precisely, and so on. Even then, a small case solution
may be noisier than you expected. There are limits as to how much power
should be dissipated in a small volume, and many users complain about
overheating or noise on their small systems.

You could shop for Mobile processors, as the Athlon comes in a mobile
version, as do some Pentiums. The problem here is, certain ingredients
may be missing from a desktop chipset/motherboard that would make it
easier to work with them. For example, "LarsJ" just finished modding
an A7V8X, so the voltage regulator VID pins could be programmed for
the lower voltage of a Mobile Athlon. This was needed, because Asus
has a policy of not allowing undervolting in their products (why,
escapes me, because if a board didn't start with a low setting, you
could always clear CMOS and try again). Many Athlon boards are adjustable
from 1.65 to 1.85, and to get the cool benefits of a Mobile processor,
requires lower voltages than that. LarsJ used the relatively safe
mod, of programming the five VID pins on the regulator with wires, to
get what he wanted.

Similarly, there can be multiplier issues with certain chipsets
or motherboard implementations, that would require bridge painting
or socket modding for a Mobile Athlon (only if you want to adjust
the multiplier). So, to get the range of features you want, can
sometimes mean doing some modding.

I spent about a month of spare time, trying to plan for such a
small system, and in the end, I gave up, simply because the project
was becoming too expensive. (The vendors of such small systems tend
to charge a premium for them, all sorts of hidden costs, like the
fee they tried to charge me for shipping.) I think it is easier to
go with a standard sized PC and hide it in the room somewhere. If things
go wrong, it is easier to buy replacement parts to fix it up. On a
small system, one mistake might mean buying another case/motherboard
etc.

HTH,
Paul
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
May 23, 2004 2:52:17 PM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.periphs.mainboard.asus (More info?)

Paul,

thanks for all your insight and thoughts. I guess it all boils down to my
vision of a neat living room multimedia machine VS the cost/problems of this
vision.

Perhaps the idea of simply "hiding" it is okay, though hardly a professional
solution ! ;-).. But any ways, in the end the most important thing is simply
that it is noiseless.

thanks,
Jorgen, Copenhagen

"Paul" <nospam@needed.com> wrote in message
news:nospam-2305040240370001@192.168.1.177...
> In article <ZHErc.532$5U3.424@news.get2net.dk>, "Jorgen [2400]"
> <popdreng_væk@popfyr.dk_> wrote:
>
>> for example, im looking at these cases
>>
>> AOpen H 340H = 200 watts
>> Antec LifeStyle Minuet = 220 Watts
>> AOpen H 360A = 250 Watts
>>
>> but I've had one bad experience with a PSU burning out on my previous
>> system.
>>
>> - jorgen
>
> It takes a lot of work to engineer a small system. The smaller the case,
> the harder it is to balance power dissipation, noise, and performance.
>
> In terms of raw power, 250 watts of power is enough to power a pretty
> impressive system. The trick is, the power has to be in the right place,
> to prevent overloading any one output. A P4 system powers the processor
> from +12V, as do some of the current Athlon64 class systems. Boards
> with AthlonXP (socket 462) tend to draw power from +5V, rather than +12V.
> One hint of this, is the presence of the 2x2 ATX12V power connector.
> Since the ATX 20pin power connector has only one +12V pin, and a pin
> is limited to 6 amps of current, 72W at 80% efficiency, or 57.2W isn't
> enough power for a lot of processors. That is why, either a 2x2 connector
> is used, with two more +12V pins, or the designers use +5V and its
> multiple
> pins, to draw the power.
>
> What this means, is you should be shopping for a different 250W supply,
> depending on whether the motherboard seeks its power from +5 or +12.
> Also, if you insist on using a high end video card, ATI9800/FX5900 class
> cards draw 5V@10A and 12V@2A while doing 3D gaming. So, that is also a
> major consumer of power, and has to be accounted for.
>
> Power numbers are hard to get, as I discovered when I visited the
> Shuttle web site. Shuttle makes small systems that are suited for
> what you want to do, but I couldn't find specs for the power supply
> used in the AMD and P4 systems. Both of the example systems below have
> 250W power supplies, but it is possible they have different limits on
> their 3.3, 5.0, and +12V outputs. Here are the example systems:
>
> http://www.shuttle.com/hq/product/product_b_intel.asp
> http://www.shuttle.com/hq/product/product_b_amd.asp
> ftp://ftp.shuttle.com/Manuals/en/fb61/fb61v3en.zip (P4/865 graphics)
> ftp://ftp.shuttle.com/Manuals/en/fn41/fn41v3en.zip (AthlonXP/Nforce2 IGP)
>
> I don't see a video output on those machines, so a cheap low end video
> card would be a minimum extra purchase.
>
> The systems intended for multimedia use, generally have power
> specs, and make it easier to engineer. That Ibase system based
> on the ATI RS300 chipset, has numbers like:
>
> Power Consumption
> Pentium 4 2.4GHz (512KB) with 256MB DDR memory
> +5V: 3.29A; +12V: 4.83A
>
> Pentium 4 3.06GHz (512KB) with 512MB DDR memory
> +5V: 3.17A; +12V: 7.14A
>
> If you use a decent size case, like a mid sized ATX, you can stick a
> bigger power supply in it, or add case fans, and you have room to work.
> The smaller the case, the harder it is to work in there, there are
> fewer powering options (like the 250W limit), power budgeting must
> be done more precisely, and so on. Even then, a small case solution
> may be noisier than you expected. There are limits as to how much power
> should be dissipated in a small volume, and many users complain about
> overheating or noise on their small systems.
>
> You could shop for Mobile processors, as the Athlon comes in a mobile
> version, as do some Pentiums. The problem here is, certain ingredients
> may be missing from a desktop chipset/motherboard that would make it
> easier to work with them. For example, "LarsJ" just finished modding
> an A7V8X, so the voltage regulator VID pins could be programmed for
> the lower voltage of a Mobile Athlon. This was needed, because Asus
> has a policy of not allowing undervolting in their products (why,
> escapes me, because if a board didn't start with a low setting, you
> could always clear CMOS and try again). Many Athlon boards are adjustable
> from 1.65 to 1.85, and to get the cool benefits of a Mobile processor,
> requires lower voltages than that. LarsJ used the relatively safe
> mod, of programming the five VID pins on the regulator with wires, to
> get what he wanted.
>
> Similarly, there can be multiplier issues with certain chipsets
> or motherboard implementations, that would require bridge painting
> or socket modding for a Mobile Athlon (only if you want to adjust
> the multiplier). So, to get the range of features you want, can
> sometimes mean doing some modding.
>
> I spent about a month of spare time, trying to plan for such a
> small system, and in the end, I gave up, simply because the project
> was becoming too expensive. (The vendors of such small systems tend
> to charge a premium for them, all sorts of hidden costs, like the
> fee they tried to charge me for shipping.) I think it is easier to
> go with a standard sized PC and hide it in the room somewhere. If things
> go wrong, it is easier to buy replacement parts to fix it up. On a
> small system, one mistake might mean buying another case/motherboard
> etc.
>
> HTH,
> Paul
!