Via PC2500 - Anyone have one

Discussion in 'Other CPUs and chipsets' started by brendanseabrook, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. brendanseabrook

    brendanseabrook Member

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    Saw this board on MegaPC

    Very nice price and a nice range of features. Thinking of making a freeNAS box with one.

    Anyone have one?
     
  2. SLATYE

    SLATYE SLATYE, not SLAYTE

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    That does look like a pretty nice board, but you can get better performance and features for the price.

    Asus M2N8-VMX + Sempron 2800+ = $97 from MSY.

    That gives you a quicker CPU, quicker onboard video, two more RAM slots, Gigabit LAN, and PCIe for expansion. If you don't need many HDDs, that seems to be ideal (M2N8-VMX only supports 2x SATA drives + 2x PATA drives; the Via board seems to be 2x SATA + 4x PATA).
     
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    Thanks for your reply.

    True, very true.

    However the Via has 2 more things going for it.
    Ultra quiet fan (possibly turn fan off if undervolted enough)
    12 Watt power on load Vs 62 for the semperon 2800

    All I want it for is a something I can run 1 HDD (possibly flash card) from and download from BitTorrent 24/7.
    I want to be wireless so the onboard NIC wont be used much and the only thing it needs to display is Azureus.
     
  4. SLATYE

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    Fair enough. For a basic system (even an office system if you know the user won't be playing any games), this looks like a good board/CPU.

    If you modded a bigger heatsink on to the CPU and chipset (maybe a pair of Thermalright HR-05 chipset coolers) then it'd easily run passively and it'd also be effectively immune to dust (which could be very useful sometimes).
     
  5. blt

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    I saw this the other day as well and thought of using is for a HTPC.

    But I couldn't figure out if it came with TV out. I've seen references to it being optional on the PC2500 platform but can't find a retailer with the "optional" cable/dongle etc.

    Anyone also know if the VIA PCI riser boards for other VIA motherboards work on this one?
     
  6. zebu

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    I have one of these on its way to me.

    Ill benchmark/etc and post up how it goes when it arrives
     
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    i got mine yesterday and added 512mb of ddr2 in it and its currently doing its job as a torrent box (its replacing a old via 533mhz box)

    performance is great, from power on to xp screen takes about 1-2 seconds. does not feel laggy at, heatsink is cold to the touch.

    thumbs on for this box.

    want me to do any specific tests on it?
     
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    yep mines going to be dedicated torrent/storage/radio streaming box

    my main pc draws over 200w at idle according to one of those little power meter things so im looking for the low power for my 24/7 needs
     
  10. SLATYE

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    Only power requirements in this case - the board appears to be mATX.
     
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    i had a few of these in the for sale forum but no one seemed interested
    excellent job for its purpose :)
    use one as a torrent box/file server.
    Another ones going into my car very soon :)
    excellent boards for the purpose it was designed for
     
  12. g00nster

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    size is still a factor. it does not need a massive hsf like its mATX counterparts- my entire box is 6cm tall
     
  13. vindicator

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    The Sempron can be undervolted and run passively. You'll find that the power usage is very comparable, maybe 10W extra.
     
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    It's substantially smaller than mATX. Aside from being slightly narrower (3 slots, conforming to flexATX rather than the 4-slot mATX form factor) it's a lot shorter (front-to-back) than usual mATX boards.
     
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    I've played around with one last week. Set up a system for surveillance with a DVR card and 4 cameras. It handled them very well. The system ran a lot faster than I expected considering the lack of grunt of previous VIA CPU models.

    PC Mark 2002 gave it just under 2k for both CPU and RAM, which is pretty low, but I thought real life performance was quite good.

    The heatsink on the CPU is very small and has a 4cm fan mounted on it which does make a bit of noise. If you want to make it passive, it would probably run fine with a Zalman Northbridge heatsink without a fan.

    Main features of the mobo: Onboard graphics, sound, 2 PCI slots, 2 DDR2 slots, FP Audio pins, 4 USB ports on board + pins for another 4, Serial port, LAN, 2 SATA150 ports.

    In my opinion, ideal applications would include: Surveillance PC, Server/Leecher, or even a basic web browsing and email PC for your grandma :tongue:

    BTW, pictures and manufacturer link updated HERE.
     
  16. Vow

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    I'm looking to put together a cheap Linux box, and came across the same thing. Pretty good for the price.

    Ugh now you're just trying to confuse me. I like the low power consumption on the Via, the box will be running 24/7 so that's important.

    Can't decide. Any other cheap/low power stuff around? Gotta make a choice. :(
     
  17. SLATYE

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    Those are the only two I'd consider for low-power + low-price. For a cheap box which won't have to do any games or HD videos, you may as well just stick with the Via one.
     
  18. Vow

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    Yeh I've ordered one today, hopefully it gets here by the weekend. :D
     
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    Has anyone measured the AC power consumption?

    I'd love to get one, but am really interested to know how much current it draws in real life.
     
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