Via PC2500 - Anyone have one

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

  1. jboles

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    Shame it still uses the antiquated 4-year-old 8237 southbridge :(
     
  2. wryun

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    Yeah, I'm curious as to why VIA northbridges are hardly ever coupled with the vt8251...

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    Also, for people buying them for the power consumption, surely it's always better to use a laptop? Although I guess it's easy to buy micro-atx cases (or mini-itx, as the case may be) to make them look nicer.
     
  3. newmarket

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    Sure, but it's easier to add storage and the TV out on the mini-itx boards make for an easy htpc.
     
  4. zebu

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    well i have had a reasonable amount of time to mess with mine now and here are the results

    divx/wmv/h264/etc playback of SD resolution material is perfect.
    HD is no go.
    around windows its good
    strangely flash heavy sites like youtube and even some of the flash asvertising banners on adobe.com will use 100% cpu.

    the thing with this compared to a laptop, which would indeed be better on power usage or an itx board is that this + some random parts from the shed = total of $130ish. you dont get a lot of laptop or itx for $130 total
     
  5. newmarket

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    Zebu,

    I was curious if the board that you have has a TV-out like some of the mini-itx boards or did you use a video card?
     
  6. zebu

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    no unfortunately it does not. Its got vga only. You have to use a pci video card if you want tv out or dvi
     
  7. newmarket

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    Thanks Zebu,

    I thought that might be the case, but it still sounds like good value!
     
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