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Intel D945GCLF mini-ITX motherboard with integrated Atom 1.6Ghz CPU, £45.18 delivered
Intel D945GCLF mini-ITX motherboard with integrated Atom 1.6Ghz CPU, £45.18 delivered

Intel D945GCLF mini-ITX motherboard with integrated Atom 1.6Ghz CPU, £45.18 delivered

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This board has been available for a couple of months and now availability is more widespread and prices falling.
The emphasis with this motherboard and processor combination is small size, low power consumption and low cost.
It's a mini-ITX board 6.75" square, perfect for building a nettop, it will fit in a desktop case but it would look silly and what's the point?
It's got an Atom 1.6GHz single core processor and on board Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 so not really suitable as a HTPC but with 1Gb of memory and Windows XP or Linux it will make a fine nettop.

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Original Poster

http://i322.photobucket.com/albums/nn407/harryhut/D945.jpg

can the processor be upgraded on this?

no.

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Is that a fan on the cpu or on the chipset? Disappointing that a frugal processor would require active cooling, plus that small fan looks noisy.

Why waste all that I/O space with a parallel port :roll:

If the few people who use parallel ports really need to they could easily get a USB/PCI adapter. Same for serial, which they've also included. It's just a huge bugbear of mine in thias day and age when they could have put more much more useful USB ports.

Good deal. Excellent buy for a budget, low spec media PC or home server.

does anyone know of any small cases ideally suited to fit this in?

Nice find - blows comparable options from Via out the water as far as cost is concerned - really tempted to get one and make a custom car-PC...

spraint;2575276

Is that a fan on the cpu or on the chipset? Disappointing that a frugal … Is that a fan on the cpu or on the chipset? Disappointing that a frugal processor would require active cooling, plus that small fan looks noisy.



The chipset. The northbridge chip runs hot and eats more power than the CPU.

It should really have a lower power chipset - perhaps a cut-down version of the P45, or a mobile chipset.

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spraint;2575276

Is that a fan on the cpu or on the chipset? Disappointing that a frugal … Is that a fan on the cpu or on the chipset? Disappointing that a frugal processor would require active cooling, plus that small fan looks noisy.


The fan is on the the northbridge, the CPU is passively cooled. I have one of these and I've no idea what temperatures these components run at, but they are cold to touch.
p.s. the fan is quiet

£45.18 including delivery charge...

Good deal, voted hot - I find it fairly funny the guys who want 45nm chipsets/passive cooling etc for this price!!

hmmm i cant find any cheap cases - about £45 for a case it seems.

the fan is for the chipset not the CPU. It cannot be upgraded but it is very very good for the price and not to be sniffed at.

spraint;2575276

Is that a fan on the cpu or on the chipset? Disappointing that a frugal … Is that a fan on the cpu or on the chipset? Disappointing that a frugal processor would require active cooling, plus that small fan looks noisy.



Cooling is for the chipset, pumps out 20W compared to 2W for the CPU. Most people will be fine removing the fan anyway, provided you have some vents.

PoisonJam;2575278

Why waste all that I/O space with a parallel port :roll:If the few people … Why waste all that I/O space with a parallel port :roll:If the few people who use parallel ports really need to they could easily get a USB/PCI adapter. Same for serial, which they've also included.



I don't think this board is deigned a HTPC system or anything alike. It has a wide range of possible uses. I was thinking of making this into a file server, perhaps with a web server, Asterisk and other services. I wouldn't be using USB but serial. No need to use a PC if I can use a shell. Practically all USB to serial adaptors fail to work exactly the same as a hardware based setup as this. Many field engineers will pay over the odds for a laptop which natively supports serial.

Again the same is true for Parallel. Imagine trying to use a USB to DB25 adaptor with a HP laserjet printer. With my trusty machine you would be pulling hair out.

if going for in the car...

I can recomend the voomPC case

or the packbox a4 (if u want to add a graphics card / new MB)

I have had both

PoisonJam;2575278

Why waste all that I/O space with a parallel port :roll:If the few people … Why waste all that I/O space with a parallel port :roll:If the few people who use parallel ports really need to they could easily get a USB/PCI adapter. Same for serial, which they've also included. It's just a huge bugbear of mine in thias day and age when they could have put more much more useful USB ports.

RS/232 and Parallel are both used in industrial settings and for homebrew projects. Both types of port are far easier to program than USB.

mr.velvet;2575666

RS/232 and Parallel are both used in industrial settings and for homebrew … RS/232 and Parallel are both used in industrial settings and for homebrew projects. Both types of port are far easier to program than USB.



Exactly.

Original Poster

PoisonJam;2575278

If the few people who use parallel ports really need to they could easily … If the few people who use parallel ports really need to they could easily get a USB/PCI adapter. Same for serial, which they've also included. It's just a huge bugbear of mine in thias day and age



This board has 4 USB ports at the back and an onboard header for 2 more

Be nice if Intel made one of these with integrated graphics that could do HD acceleration. As it is, an Atom 1.6ghz can manage 720p x264 (just), but nothing more.

It's a good deal but can be had for £42.37 delivered @ kikatek.com/pro…790

mr.velvet;2575666

RS/232 and Parallel are both used in industrial settings and for homebrew … RS/232 and Parallel are both used in industrial settings and for homebrew projects. Both types of port are far easier to program than USB.



You stole my line!

voted hot. get a mini power supply for £30, a stick of 1gb ram for £20 and you have a pc. You could easilty make your own case with a dremmel and a buscuit tin

I can't wait for this tech to get a matching chipset. When it comes with a low power HD Accelerated chipset, small, cheap media PC's will be in every room in my house :santa:

Janesy B;2576036

voted hot. get a mini power supply for £30, a stick of 1gb ram for £20 a … voted hot. get a mini power supply for £30, a stick of 1gb ram for £20 and you have a pc. You could easilty make your own case with a dremmel and a buscuit tin



Just need to add a 100GB notebook drive, here's one for 26 quid:

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That setup would have near zero power draw, and cooling it silently will be a piece of cake.

arfster;2576169

Just need to add a 100GB notebook drive, here's one for 26 … Just need to add a 100GB notebook drive, here's one for 26 quid:http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/100GB+Seagate+Momentus+2.5%22+Notebook+%2FLaptop+Drive+SATA+?productId=31979That setup would have near zero power draw, and cooling it silently will be a piece of cake.


For ultimate silence you could use a CompactFlash card as the hard drive as well.

Original Poster

Janesy B;2576036

You could easilty make your own case with a dremmel and a buscuit tin



I'm planning to put one in the case of an old, dead dvd recorder, the dvd drive is already fitted!
Anyone know of a good deal on a dremmel?

I actually have one of these boards, originally from Tranquil PC when they were the first in the UK to have them.

The fan is on the northbridge, mine is already dying and Ive only had the board about a month or two now however it was silent when first purchased so I either need to replace the fan or the heatsink for something fanless like the Zalman.

I use mine for running a linux based NAS, generally speaking though its a pretty nice piece of hardware.

Any chance that this'll support HD? Was hoping to turn it into a cheap and cheerful media centre frontend.

Does this take laptop memory, and would it be hard to adapt it to use flash memory instead of a normal h/d

spraint;2575276

Is that a fan on the cpu or on the chipset? Disappointing that a frugal … Is that a fan on the cpu or on the chipset? Disappointing that a frugal processor would require active cooling, plus that small fan looks noisy.



It's on the rubbish Intel chipset that's been letting down all of the Atom based systems so far.

The CPU is under that bit of square aluminium at the front. It's not the most powerful, but more than good enough as a home server. This system is not suitable as a media centre board because of the chipset above, unless you're happy with a standard definition media player in 2008!

However this is far cheaper than most of the VIA mini-itx boards, even the ones with really old slow CPUs.

There are more Atom mini-itx board coming though: mini-itx.com/200…tex

realitybites;2576583

Does this take laptop memory, and would it be hard to adapt it to use … Does this take laptop memory, and would it be hard to adapt it to use flash memory instead of a normal h/d



Also, is there an easy way of enabling bluetooth to link up keyboards and mice etc

arfster;2575900

Be nice if Intel made one of these with integrated graphics that could do … Be nice if Intel made one of these with integrated graphics that could do HD acceleration. As it is, an Atom 1.6ghz can manage 720p x264 (just), but nothing more.




Intel do produce Mini ITX boards with the G45 chipset which does have hardware decoding of HD and onboard HDCP. It supports current Socket 775 processors. Look for the Intel BOXDG45FC mini ITX motherboard. Stocks will be available soon.

The northbridge heatsink should be mounted using standard hook positions and so I'd recommend shoving something like this on it...

http://img175.imageshack.us/img175/6466/hr05oldch9.gif

thermalright.com/new…tml

...to passively cool it. They can be had for around £15 inc free del (if you have it via Hexus or AVForums). Might sound steep but the work a treat on everything I've chucked it on. However, height clearance could be an issue depending on the case you choose (or make for yourself inthe case of a biscuit tin :-D )

Going back to the car pc thing.. Is there satnav software available for windows? I have a bluetooth gps receiver so could just add a bluetooth dongle..

centrafuse is the best carpc frontend . mind u quite expensive 2 buy *wink*wink*

mrluke;2576919

centrafuse is the best carpc frontend . mind u quite expensive 2 buy … centrafuse is the best carpc frontend . mind u quite expensive 2 buy *wink*wink*



:thumbsup:

only problem is those touch screens seem a bit pricey..

i was thinking of doing the whole carputer thing with this board but i agree the screens are too expensive...

i think im going to buy a gigabyte m912 tablet laptop and mount that isntead, less hassle all round

directions.ltd.uk/lap…and
is some windows based satnav software, Ive no idea if its any good tho

fathazza;2577108

i was thinking of doing the whole carputer thing with this board but i … i was thinking of doing the whole carputer thing with this board but i agree the screens are too expensive...i think im going to buy a gigabyte m912 tablet laptop and mount that isntead, less hassle all round :)http://directions.ltd.uk/laptop-navigation/pc-navigator-8-great-britain-and-irelandis some windows based satnav software, Ive no idea if its any good tho



How much are those gigabyte machines gonna cost when they hit the shelves?

the problem is with the screens atm that i found , is none have detachable faceplates ..

so its car thief heaven

they are taking preorders on expansys for £375-£400 depending on os.
(tho im not sure how good stuff like on screen keyboard would be on xp, does it even exist? )

quite expensive when compared to the other netbooks but it does have a high res screen and other stuff like an expresscard slot
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