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Just 17 cm square, the EPIA-M is a midget sorry, little person among small form factor platforms. The EPIA-M is a veritable orgy of integrated peripherals, which may not seem especially impressive to those used to seeing high-end enthusiast-oriented motherboards packing in nearly every integrated feature under the sun. Like Ezra, Nehemiah is built using 0. Really small. A motherboard this small encourages all sorts of experimentation with small form factors that even a Flex ATX motherboard might have trouble squeezing into.
The fact that the board conforms to a Mini-ITX standard is helpful, too, since a number of case manufacturers already support the tiny form factor.
More cases are coming, with plenty of flavors appropriate for everything from home theater systems to business desktops. Despite how common Serial ATA ports are on high-end and even mid-range motherboards, there are still few hard disk options available and no Serial ATA optical drives on the market. If size constraints limit the number of expansion slots on the board to one, some may wonder if perhaps an AGP slot would have been a better choice.
There are lots of other PCI video capture cards available, too, and the presence of a PCI slot gives end users more flexibility when it comes to upgrades. The board serves up two Firewire ports and four USB 2. The VT north bridge, however, is a little new. What can I say? The nForce2 IGP spoils me. The only kind of gaming I can realistically contemplate throwing at the platform would be console emulation, which can have performance, compatibility and stability problems on even high-end desktops.
The VTM is only a TV encoder chip, so a discrete capture card will be required to do any video recording. The VT is, however, capable of producing 5. Pretty good, for integrated audio. Saying that might make me sound like an audio snob, and I suppose to some extent I am, but real bit audio solutions really do sound much better than this, especially with good music, headphones, and high-bitrate recordings. The memory clock can be set at either or MHz, and there are plenty of timings that users can adjust.
One may even bump the DRAM voltage up to 2. As you might expect from a platform whose heat sink is epoxied to the processor, the EPIA-M lacks even basic front-side bus overclocking options. With no processor voltage or overclocking options, it seems unlikely that anyone will find a way to overheat the processor.
Vertical refresh sync vsync was disabled for all tests. All the tests and methods we employed are publicly available and reproducible. If you have questions about our methods, hit our forums to talk with us about them. One quirk that popped up during testing was some performance issues with the EPIA-M and a previous 5. Those running older version of the DivX codec will want to upgrade to the latest 5.
Subjective business application performance Rather than spitting out a couple of Winstones, which are really only useful for comparing different platforms, I decided to use the EPIA-M as a basic office computer and web terminal on and off for a few days.
Normally, I use a dual Athlon 1. Still, my overall impressions of the platform for basic office tasks are positive. That power consumption is low and noise levels are practically inaudible only sweetens the deal.
Faster systems are definitely available for the same price or even less, but the EPIA-M gets the job done. In fact, the EPIA-M even had a little overhead left for Folding Home during some video playback tests, confirming that the platform definitely has what it takes for media playback.
Just read the review for the Nehemiah M, and it looks like things are getting close to marketable! I just want a good MP3 jukebox really, with CDRW capabilities, that looks good and performs conveniently in the living room.
Am I to presume from the review that the audio on the Nehemiah is any poorer than the audio built in to my Dell I? A couple of things to note: 1. I know 4 months down the line this thing will be sitting idle as a machine that costs just a little bit more can do A LOT more. SO my time is drained. Also, over the weekend I really noticed the linux marketing ramping up. Perhaps the board even boots up with the TV-out active. Glad muyuubyou linked to mini-itx. I think one of the most important purposes of this board was left untested.
It was created to be a media center PC. So how come the TV-out was never test? Nobody buys one of these as a media machine and then hooks up to a at best 22in monitor.
You come here and read it to me. Kernel Streaming with dithering and 16bit fixed point decoding sounds miles above both WMP and Winamp 2. The difference in quality is noticable, especially when hooked to my stereo system downstairs. I have a Pentium 4 2. Something wrong here? Depends on your Graphics card.
I liked the CPU utilization graphs.. WMP has better sound quality than Winamp? Has that been proven? WMP sucks plain and simple. The problem with WMP is that it is bloated and without a fast system it will turn many people off. Not to mention that it is created by Microsoft so in many peoples eyes it has already lost. WMP does this for you automatically behind the scenes. These things are the future, boys. Joe sixpack will be snarfing these up. Remember how popular candy colored plastic was to a certain model of computer?
You mentioned it should have sata. Honestly I think it would be a bad move considering the low availability of the drives and the high price that goes along with it.
It seems that anyone buying one of these little duds is watching their wallet. In that case you would be correct and I agree. In the future. I looked at newegg again and see that that was the 10K RPM model for so much money. Which may be unfortunate but oh well. Also how many people really have sata or even know what it is. Because the WD drive is a single platter 10, rpm drive, where as the seagate is a multiple I think 3 or 4 platter 7,rom drive.
Just out of curiousity, how well does it fold proteins? My aim with this review was to determine if the EPIA-M is fast enough for certain applications, not to compare its performance with other systems. In the conclusion I state that faster systems are definitely available for less, which I think everyone already understands. Now, as far as a celeron playing Divx?
So, the only advantage a Epia offers over older tech is smaller form factor. However, I do watch all my Divx files with the CPU usage setting post-processing and such at maximum value. Since the objective was to run on a TV which does not give as a good image as a VGA monitor , you should provide the TV with the best quality picture possible, hence CPU usage at the maximum.
Dissonance: what setting did you use in Divx for CPU usage. My guess would be the lowest, because the CPU usage is very low strangely low, I would say, even! However, I generally keep my file sizes down low. They are if you want to build a cheapy player.
So, the usefullness for me as a HTPC is gone there. Yea, you can get a PCI capture card, but with the limited processor power of it, what kind of quality are you gonna get? The only real advantage it has here is size. Before we say power consumption, it needs to be tested to see just how much it draws. What are the advantages to it? I admit I was impressed with my epia, until I used it. It was surprisingly snappy in winXP. It ran without a fan on it, and barely got warm. On top of that, where can you even buy a celeron and a compatible motherboard without going someplace obscure.
The problem is to find stock and mobos for it. Newer Intel and AMD chips are much worse in this particular respect. So yes, power consumption is great for 1Ghz.
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Via Epia M10000
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VIA’s EPIA-M10000 platform
Just 17 cm square, the EPIA-M is a midget sorry, little person among small form factor platforms. The EPIA-M is a veritable orgy of integrated peripherals, which may not seem especially impressive to those used to seeing high-end enthusiast-oriented motherboards packing in nearly every integrated feature under the sun. Like Ezra, Nehemiah is built using 0. Really small. A motherboard this small encourages all sorts of experimentation with small form factors that even a Flex ATX motherboard might have trouble squeezing into. The fact that the board conforms to a Mini-ITX standard is helpful, too, since a number of case manufacturers already support the tiny form factor. More cases are coming, with plenty of flavors appropriate for everything from home theater systems to business desktops.