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I really didn't have a clue where to put this thread, so I figured it would be ok to put it in silent computing, since that is the eventuality of the project that I am running.

I'm looking for a VIA nano 1.6-1.8 GHz board with a very specific feature. The original referance designs provided by VIA to reviewers had a CF slot on the underside of the motherboard. I'm looking for a retail board with that feature and I can't seem to find it anywhere. I'm planning on putting a 80GB iPOD hdd in as my booting drive (or maybe just a CF card) and making a custom router. Perhaps will be getting two and making both a custom router and an HTPC. Someone point me in the right direction. I love the VIA platform and think it's a vastly superior solution to atom, I'm jsut worried about the pricing and finding the correct feature.

Hoping to spend no more than $150, but the cheaper the better.
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http://www.logicsupply.com/

This place sells those, however, there is no way you can spend $150 or less getting VIA Nanos, as they cost $230+

http://www.logicsupply.com/categorie...oards/nano_itx

Although you should look into the Intel Atoms, as you can get them for at least $70.

http://www.logicsupply.com/categorie...rds/intel_atom

I know you love the VIA platform, but as seen, the Atom is cheaper.

Also, if you are looking forward to VIA still, perhaps this thread will help you out with some ideas: http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...ml#post4283972
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I have a 2GB CF card with a 40-pin and 44-pin IDE adapter if interested. 40-pin is the standard desktop IDE while 44-pin is the standard laptop IDE and provides power as well.
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http://www.logicsupply.com/

This place sells those, however, there is no way you can spend $150 or less getting VIA Nanos, as they cost $230+

http://www.logicsupply.com/categorie...oards/nano_itx

Although you should look into the Intel Atoms, as you can get them for at least $70.

http://www.logicsupply.com/categorie...rds/intel_atom

I know you love the VIA platform, but as seen, the Atom is cheaper.

Also, if you are looking forward to VIA still, perhaps this thread will help you out with some ideas: http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...ml#post4283972
A simple google product search reveals this
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=MB-...8a5c1d3c63a8f1
Which is a sub-$120 option. I just don't think that it has the CF adaptor built in..I want to keep the built in option so I can run other devices through the IDE if needed (like dual DVD drives for quick-copy)

If I have to, I'll go the route of the atom, but I really want to be able to have PCIe capability instead of the pokey PCI interface for a TV-tuner (if i decided to go that route) On top of that, the VIA handily outperforms the Atom in nearly every test.
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Originally Posted by HardwaterH4ck3r View Post
A simple google product search reveals this
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=MB-...8a5c1d3c63a8f1
Which is a sub-$120 option. I just don't think that it has the CF adaptor built in..I want to keep the built in option so I can run other devices through the IDE if needed (like dual DVD drives for quick-copy)

If I have to, I'll go the route of the atom, but I really want to be able to have PCIe capability instead of the pokey PCI interface for a TV-tuner (if i decided to go that route) On top of that, the VIA handily outperforms the Atom in nearly every test.
There are other mITX Intel mobos than the Atom....

I got MSI Fuzzy 945GME2 + 1.4GHz Core CPU + 1GB DDR2 for $80 shipped off eBay.

This mITX mobo is a socket M and supports a laptop CPUs upto a Core 2 Duo. It has THREE 1Gb NICs, 16x PCIe, 1x PCIe, and PCI. It has onboard vidoe with an onboard LCD controller and audio amp.
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I can;t find a deal at all like that on teh interwebz. Anywho, I may have to go with the atom architecture if I want to go with a fanless solution. I really didn't want to though. i wanted at least a PCIe slot .
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I can;t find a deal at all like that on teh interwebz. Anywho, I may have to go with the atom architecture if I want to go with a fanless solution. I really didn't want to though. i wanted at least a PCIe slot .
The 945 chipset still needs a fan.
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I can;t find a deal at all like that on teh interwebz. Anywho, I may have to go with the atom architecture if I want to go with a fanless solution. I really didn't want to though. i wanted at least a PCIe slot .
Perhaps a fan cooled solution that is still really quite?
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The 945 chipset still needs a fan.

I see that. Why can;t they just use the netbook chipset in a desktop solution. The Dell mininote 9 doesn;t need a fan. i mean seriously. Having an inefficient, hot northbridge kinda defeats the purpose of a quiet, energy efficient, passively cooled processor.

Back to the effin drawing board. I mean seriously. Is it so much to ask for a low-powered, fanless computing solution that isn't 10 years old? I really don't need any sort of fast performance. I wonder if I could find a passive HS for that northbridge.
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I see that. Why can;t they just use the netbook chipset in a desktop solution. The Dell mininote 9 doesn;t need a fan. i mean seriously. Having an inefficient, hot northbridge kinda defeats the purpose of a quiet, energy efficient, passively cooled processor.

Back to the effin drawing board. I mean seriously. Is it so much to ask for a low-powered, fanless computing solution that isn't 10 years old? I really don't need any sort of fast performance. I wonder if I could find a passive HS for that northbridge.
The Dell Mini 9 uses the same exact chipset and gets hot to the touch. It's heatsink is the entire keyboard area.

Just mount a 120mm fan at 600RPM over the motherboard. 100% passive system freak me out. You can't tell if they are on or not!
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