Can anyone here tell me a little more about the Intel Atom intergrated CPU and the ITX motherboards?
I am looking to build a new media-player for a client, and was looking very closely at the Mini-ITX and intergrated CPU platform, primarily for it's small size, but also as they are getting very cheap to buy these days - about US$80 for the one below!.
The one I have my eye on, is the Intel BOXD945GCLF2 board, which you can read about here
There is also a more basic rundown of it's abilities without getting too technical here.
Basically, Dual-Core 1.6GHz intergrated Atom CPU with 5.1 channel HD sound, VGA and S-Video out, which is very handy for connecting to an older TV(via S-Video) or any new TV(which all have VGA inputs these days...)
What I would like to know, is if anyone uses any of the ITX boards for a media-player, and if they do, which models they use, and why.
I can buy a single-core version of the same board, without the S-video out and with more basic sound for about $30 less, but for the difference in price...
I would imagine that 1.6GHz is enough to play just about anything with the exception of HD video, which they won't ever want. I would need to be able to play music, video files and DVD's. I don't think this board should have any problems with any of those due to it's specs, but before I bite off more then I can chew, I wanted to ask what others here think first.
Standard ATX or Micro-ATX boards are too big, and thirsty(read: noisy cooling fans etc) for a media-player, which needs to be quiet so as not to be heard above what you are trying to play.
I would love to hear any member's opinions and/or comments about the Atom processor, as this is one CPU I have never had anything to do with, and so would like to hear others opinions of this CPU.
"An expert is someone who will tell you why you can't do something." - Alec Issigonis (designer of the Mini)
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