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Intel's new Atom processor , a simple in-order core which promises to bring the x86 ISA to smaller devices in a lower power envelope, is now available in the compact desktop space.

Intel's new D945GCLF motherboard, based (intuitively enough) on the 945GC chipset, is now available from the British firm Tranquil PC bundled with the 1.6Ghz Atom 230 processor. It packs the standard complement of ports: a DDR2 slot, 2 SATA, IDE, a PCI slot, Intel GMA950 graphics, USB, Firewire, surround sound, parallel, serial, and a pair of PS2 ports.

All this is available for 42 GBP, the equivalent of $83 and less than the cheapest such bundle for the aging C7, which the Atom is all but certain to outperform. At least until Isaiah comes out, Intel's manufacturing prowess appears to have won them a nice victory here. The Atom combo is, at the price, probably the most compelling Mini-ITX motherboard and processor available, and should find its way into a lot of compact builds.

We intend to examine Atom's performance in the relatively near future, hopefully accompanied by retail performance numbers for the highly awaited, yet unavailable, VIA Isaiah. Hopefully we'll see Isaiah in the wild soon—a strong mini-ITX push from Intel could popularize Atom as the next-generation mini-ITX CPU. Such a move would damage VIA's niche sales further, and ironically push them out of a market they themselves pioneered back in the early days of the C3.
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Awesome! I love the low price. Now only to see what VIA has to offer with its new Issiah processor.
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I understand these atoms are going to be great in ultra-mobile devices... but why the hell would you want one in a desktop?? even a mini-ITX desktop, just get an Eee PC
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I want one for my server....

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I understand these atoms are going to be great in ultra-mobile devices... but why the hell would you want one in a desktop?? even a mini-ITX desktop, just get an Eee PC
See above.
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I understand these atoms are going to be great in ultra-mobile devices... but why the hell would you want one in a desktop?? even a mini-ITX desktop, just get an Eee PC
They are more or less used for commercial and industrial uses. Plus they are fun as hell to mod with! See also: the NES PC
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I understand these atoms are going to be great in ultra-mobile devices... but why the hell would you want one in a desktop?? even a mini-ITX desktop, just get an Eee PC
First the Eee PC is rumored to be going to the Atom Processor.
2nd the Atom only consumes 2watts of power
3rd Atom has about the same if not more processing power than the Celeron currently in the Eee PC.

The Atom has more than enough power for the Internet, Emails, Word Processing, and even some light gaming.
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First the Eee PC is rumored to be going to the Atom Processor.
2nd the Atom only consumes 2watts of power
3rd Atom has about the same if not more processing power than the Celeron currently in the Eee PC.

The Atom has more than enough power for the Internet, Emails, Word Processing, and even some light gaming.
Celeron is better clock per clock by alot. 900Mhz cel beats 1.33ghz atom.
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well it blend. lol

can you overclock it
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First the Eee PC is rumored to be going to the Atom Processor.
2nd the Atom only consumes 2watts of power
3rd Atom has about the same if not more processing power than the Celeron currently in the Eee PC.

The Atom has more than enough power for the Internet, Emails, Word Processing, and even some light gaming.
lmao, thats EXACTLY why i said just get an Eee PC instead... whats the point in having a really tiny desktop, if you can just get an mini laptop thats better/ actually portable
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uumm how about htpc but for only storing movies and pics? thinkin of makin one.
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