[plug] via hardware

Tomasz Grzegurzko tomasz89 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 12 11:07:05 WST 2008

On Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 11:01 AM, Paul Antoine <pma-la at milleng.com.au> wrote:
> 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...
> Paul
> 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


VIAs are ***terrible*** at web serving also. I think their
reduced/emulated instruction set in addition to low amounts of cache
make for a bad web experience...


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