I'm thinking to build a silent and efficient PC just for internet, msn, video conferencing, play DVDs, Audio CDs and mp3, maybe some OFFICE applications.
It's hard to find usefull information, benchmarks and real experience in work with this systems.
From what I googled, the AMD Geode NX is better than VIA C7, but get more warm than VIA C7 and consumes a bit more (I know it is insignificant in the pay bill).
The Geode LX is very appealing, with just 3.9W peak, but it may be too much slow for windows XP... and the others may be very slow with XP too.
Anyone have some experience that could share about those systems and CPUs? What operating system do you use? What Applications? It's fast the user response?... etc.
Consider using Windows 2000 Professional instead of XP. It uses less RAM and CPU resources and is virtually 100% compatible with Windows XP.
actually, if you do a quick research on how to customize XP, you can get the memory usage down far below standard win2k.
There are many websites that tell you how to do this, and one of the big things you can do is disable visual themes (looks like win2k). XP is more secure and stable OS, and runs fine on ITX systems, and old legacy computers, it just requires some service, and visual tweaking.
You can even get Windows down to ~10mb of memory usage I believe using TinyXP install.
Also, most ITX boards support 1gb of memory anyway, which is plenty for normal usage... and VIA processors (up to 1.2ghz) are PLENTY fast for windows XP.
Here is a great website to shop for these technologies (if you dont know it already).
I already knew those links.
I already saw benchmarks of VIA C7 and Geode NX. But I want experience from users that use those systems day by day.
I don't want to click and menus open 2 seconds after.
I think I'll go for a Pentium Solo ou Pentium M system...
I used to use the systems every day, and will be building one for my car soon enough.
The built in decoders make for smooth multimedia, and fine WinXP usage. What ever you do, get loads of memory, thats all I will tell you.
Thank you a lot.
Can I ask you more things?
Did you used a Geode already? NX, LX?
What is the difference between C7-D and C7? C7-M is recommended or is too slow?
I can't find any system with VIA C7-D (Epia or other).
What have you built already?
From what I saw in some links, Geode NX system gets warmer and uses more power then VIA EPIA, but the Geode NX 1Ghz uses only 6W vs 20W of VIA C7. This sounds controversial.
I think its fun too building this mini itx PCs but there is very little information. Is not like building a "normal" PC.
Sorry for all questions.
I second using a Pentium M if you're looking for the best performance/watt. The Pentium M desktop boards are a little pricey, but no more so than an ITX board. I currently have a Pentium M 1.4 Banias in my laptop permanently set at 600MHz/0.700V. I'm pretty sure the CPU doesn't consume more than 5 watts when running at full load, and it is more than enough to watch movies, surf the web, and do basic office apps with it. In fact, that's all I really do with my laptop, as it's primary role is school work. It only has 256MB ram, but for these tasks, it's all that's really needed. Your idea of 1GB is overkill unless you're thinking of installing Vista in the near future.
Actually why don't you just buy a low-end laptop, and then use a USB keyboard and mouse and LCD flatpanel along with it? Better yet, get a docking station so you don't have to mess with unplugging everything every time you want to take your computer with you. :wink: The battery can be like a UPS. If you're looking for extremely low power consumption, it's hard to beat a laptop. My Inspiron 1200 consumes 12 watts on average, 15 when watching a DVD.
I'll not buy a laptop, but thanks for the idea.
I thinking on 1Gb because with anti virus in memory, and some apps it gets near to 512 fast, and i want smooth operation.
I am really inclined to Pentium M or Solo.
Thanks for share your experience. I'm open for more ideas