Review date: 8 May Last modified Dec More than a year and a half ago, now, I checked out an MHz C3. But they had lousy price-performance compared with Intel processors for the same socket. Socket C3s still exist, and their sales figures are continuing to fail to set the world alight.

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Review date: 8 May Last modified Dec More than a year and a half ago, now, I checked out an MHz C3. But they had lousy price-performance compared with Intel processors for the same socket. Socket C3s still exist, and their sales figures are continuing to fail to set the world alight.

Fortunately, Via came up with a better way to sell them. Behold - EPIA motherboards. In the Mini-ITX form factor. This means they can fit into very small cases. Video, sound, network adapter? All built in. Via originally claimed the C3 would also be able to get away without a CPU fan, but in the real world, you need a pretty big heat sink and lots of case ventilation for that to work.

These little shoebox cases are popular habitats for EPIA boards. Those codecs tend to be very CPU-intensive. C3s, however, have thus far not been up to the task. The C3 has been getting faster since I last checked one out. The Nehemiah core powers the C3 1. The WinChip core ought to be a significant step forward, primarily because the Floating Point Unit FPU inside it is finally running at full core speed, instead of half speed.

It also finally supports the SSE instruction set extensions. Enhanced Performance I-something Architecture? Embedded Processor Information Appliance? So maybe this is just another one of those. Getting back on track. And some other stuff. The back panel. Note, also, the single full height expansion slot. It comes with the M-Series boards, it plugs into the motherboard, and it gives you your extra two USB ports, and your two FireWire ports.

Testing In the olden days, budget priced all-in-one motherboards were seriously nasty. Driver issues, reliability problems, and truly miserable performance. Even for office applications. Short answer: No.

Because I was expecting this system to perform like top-of-the-range machines of a few years ago, I started by bouncing a few elderly benchmarks off it. This is a totally synthetic tiny-bench with little relevance to real world tasks, but a big difference in synthetic MIPS or MFLOPS scores does, generally, mean a noticeable difference in real world performance. The humble 1. I really, really hope the full-speed Nehemiah FPU improves this situation. WinTune also has some lightweight "application simulation" tests for integer, floating point and MMX operations.

The Athlon beat it senseless for those, too. Just by a somewhat smaller amount. CPU score , memory score And, as I sat there and watched PCMark Pro work its way through its video tests, yea, did I witness nasty pauses and hiccups. I fired up the simple 1. It scored and for CPU and memory. I like to run distributed. It was, however, smacked down by a factor of more than four for both the RC5 and OGR benchmarks by my 1. Correcting for clock speed, the Athlon still won by factors of 2. On to 3DMark.

The 1. The non-studliness of the ProSavage adapter is indicated by the fact that switching to software-rendered mode at this resolution raised the frame rate, to At by , though, OpenGL mode was heavens be praised faster than software; it managed The worst-case-scenario Crusher multiplayer demo zipped by relatively speaking at Once upon a time, I had a pimped-out gaming rig that performed like this. That was five years ago. As part of my rigorous going-the-extra-mile, no-job-is-too-difficult testing program, I took the M box to a party.

To test its suitability as a mobile TV-output music station, naturally. It performed perfectly well, except for three things. But no resolution was low enough, even with pixel doubling reducing the actual resolution by half each way, to get more than a-frame-and-a-bit-per-second from many AVS presets on the M It worked.

Everything was detected OK. Thank you. I only measured the current going to the system box, not to the monitor. During startup, the M system drew from 0. With Windows loaded and nothing going on, it drew about 0. The most I could make it draw by running an OpenGL game was 0. Interestingly, the difference between the power draw when the M was running the distributed.

So much for that ten watt CPU power figure. That means something in the order of to watts peak, and around 80 or 85 watts quiescent. The M-Series boards are supposed to give you a "rich multimedia experience". Yeah, right. If "multimedia" means "video file playback, and maybe some 3D games" to you, this is not the processor to choose.

And then another pause. And then some more pauses, and maybe some dropped frames. You can wring better 3D performance out of an M by giving it a faster graphics adapter. Replacing onboard graphics with a proper video card is a standard trick to make Small Form Factor PCs that can genuinely do it all. The Nehemiah core and about a 1. Buy stuff!


VIA rüstet Mini-ITX-Mainboard EPIA M10000 auf

DRAM: default, 2. Like Ezra, Nehemiah is built using 0. A handful of transistors — As graphics chip manufacturers push out new GPUs with transistor counts well over million, VIA uses just over 20 million transistors for the Nehemiah core. From 3DNow!


VIA EPIA M10000, CLE266

General The EPIA products are small form factor mainboards, measuring about seven inches by seven inches. The EPIA products are well suited for use in embedded application and silent terminal projects. Sure, you could just install debian, Red Hat or Suse on it, and it will run, but many features will not be available. If you want to get the most out of your EPIA mainboard, you must do some work.

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