[plug] via hardware

Paul Antoine pma-la at milleng.com.au
Thu Jun 12 11:01:58 WST 2008

Given the price of the Via boards it makes sense to use commodity 
hardware in my opinion.  One can always underclock a machine 
significantly to improve it's "green"status and use a power-factor 
correcting power supply.

Note also that Linux keeps the cpu in a low-power state when idle and 
the newer Core 2 cpu's have multiple low-clock low-power states unlike 
that old P4 of yours.

The new 45nm Core 2 cpus (E8200, Q9300 etc.) all have nice low TDPs of 
45W at full tilt (as evidenced by their tiny, all-aluminium heatsinks), 
versus the 90W TDP of your old P4.

Just some thoughts for you to consider...


William Kenworthy wrote:
> Does anyone know of a supplier of via motherboards and cpu's in Perth?
> And which cpu/MB would be best?  Grunt isnt really needed (underutilised
> its a LAMP setup) so a 1.5-2G should cut it.
> Looking to build up a "green" gateway, but its just become urgent as my
> old P4 3Ghz gateway died overnight and currently I have everything
> hooked through an old machine in the bedroom so we have net access. - I
> need to source the parts today or go with commodity stuff.
> I usually use PLE or Austins as they are close, but their catalogued
> dont mention any via cpus at all.
> BillK

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