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VIA Pico-ITX Goes Low Profile, Integrates Power Supply

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VIA Technologies, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA P700 Pico-ITX board that couples more features within a streamlined, ultra compact footprint designed for low profile systems, with extended I/O port options through two companion boards.




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neat-o!

now more pico-itx cases need to be made.
 
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Now Apple has to step up and remove the power brick from the Mac Mini. That thing is disgusting.
 
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omg, that is crazy small. 1ghz cpu, that should be enough for xp mce 2005 to run,
get a damn small mediacenter case and a slimline 5.1/4" blueray combo rom and you have one wicked media center frontend :toast: + gigabit lan on this would be perfect for streaming from a backend over lan :rockout: i hope it can run 2gb of 667
 
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omg, that is crazy small. 1ghz cpu, that should be enough for xp mce 2005 to run,
get a damn small mediacenter case and a slimline 5.1/4" blueray combo rom and you have one wicked media center frontend :toast: + gigabit lan on this would be perfect for streaming from a backend over lan :rockout: i hope it can run 2gb of 667
Integrate it into TVs!
 
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Integrate it into TVs!
Integrate it into fridges! Microwaves! Beowulf clusters!
When I have some spare money, I'm putting one of those into my monitor. :D
 

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that looks nothing like even a computer to me lol, very nice, ill be looking at this for my car, its alot smaller than the P3 system currently powering my media system
 
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Integrate it into fridges! Microwaves! Beowulf clusters!
When I have some spare money, I'm putting one of those into my monitor. :D
For NAS and clusters you dont need PCI sockets or sound hardware. Get a segment board instead. Smaller, simpler, cheaper, lower power: http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/mainboards/motherboards.jsp?motherboard_id=610
 

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what would be nice is if these end up like crossfireX: these little beasties run the OS/desktop using next to no power, and no noise, and the higher end parts only power on when you load a game or demanding application.
 
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That's the idea of Powermanagement, Speedstep and C1E haltstates. Unfortunately, 3.5" HDDs and thirsty FSB, Quickpath, North and Southbridges, mean that no matter how much you choke to CPU, the chipset is drinking too much on a PERFORMANCE PC.

You know, the low power Xeons (L5xxx) series are quite happy on passive cooling. Intel can still go further with power management an ULV CPU. But people rarely care about measuring powerformace/watt, but look at pure performance benchmarks.

Maybe that perspective will change over the next 18 months. electricity costs are getting more and more expensive every day.
 

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That's the idea of Powermanagement, Speedstep and C1E haltstates. Unfortunately, 3.5" HDDs and thirsty FSB, Quickpath, North and Southbridges, mean that no matter how much you choke to CPU, the chipset is drinking too much on a PERFORMANCE PC.

You know, the low power Xeons (L5xxx) series are quite happy on passive cooling. Intel can still go further with power management an ULV CPU. But people rarely care about measuring powerformace/watt, but look at pure performance benchmarks.

Maybe that perspective will change over the next 18 months. electricity costs are getting more and more expensive every day.
i have a power meter and have done my best to reduce the power consumption of every system i have. In the end what you said is true: theres just too many components needed for a fast PC that make it impossible to save power. Having low power, slow backups is definitely a good solution.