Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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On the hardware side...
by Kochise on Sun 25th Nov 2012 11:42 UTC
Kochise
Member since:
2006-03-03

I'm using Jetway's industrial mini-ITX form factored factored with included CPU and GPU (one with VIA C7 and one with Intel Atom 330) that can be switched in-place at very little cost. If ever one gets out of order.

See there :

http://www.jetwaycomputer.com/J7F2.html (VIA C7)
http://www.jetwaycomputer.com/NC92.html (Atom 330)

Both accept daughter boards for easy expansion. You cen get them from there :

http://www.mini-itx.com/store/default.asp?c=34¤cy=1

Very high quality manufacture, long life capacitor are used. Not strong horse power, but very stable working and reliable hardware.

Next incarnation will be a cluster composed of AMD Fusion APU with OpenCL GPGPU processing shared amongst the whole system. Of course, I bet it'll be composed of Jetway motherboard due to their reliability :

http://www.mini-itx.com/store/?c=69

I've no stock into Jetway, it's just an honest testimony.

Kochise

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RE: On the hardware side...
by Luke McCarthy on Sun 25th Nov 2012 12:05 in reply to "On the hardware side..."
Luke McCarthy Member since:
2005-07-06

Don't you find them too slow? I've got an AMD Fusion E-450 system and it feels really slow to me, and it's faster than the Atoms and VIA processors you linked to.

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RE[2]: On the hardware side...
by Tim Locke on Sun 25th Nov 2012 15:49 in reply to "RE: On the hardware side..."
Tim Locke Member since:
2006-03-23

I'd think they would be too slow for a desktop. I use them to build Smoothwall boxes. They work great.

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RE: On the hardware side...
by Alfman on Sun 25th Nov 2012 17:15 in reply to "On the hardware side..."
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Kichise,

I bought a Jetway mini PC for my parents due to the incredibly small form factor. Wouldn't have bought it for myself due to not having enough usb ports or expansion slots, but gave them a shot.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856107081

It's slower than I would have liked, but not unexpected for a device in it's class. The thing that I'm finding is that the little thing runs very hot all the time and the fan's are very loud. It might be a lemon, but many of the reviews are similar.

This was obviously a bundle with a stock jetway case, do you use something else?

I might give them a try again if I knew they solved the fan/heat problem, but given that the one I bought was speced as having a "silent fan", I'd have alot of trouble trusting what they say in the future.

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RE[2]: On the hardware side...
by Kochise on Tue 27th Nov 2012 08:33 in reply to "RE: On the hardware side..."
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

That's the kind of computer I'm now looking for. Sure, not powerful as a Core i7, but for what usage ? I bet that the box heat a little because it's still a dual core 525 plus Ion 2. Even though low power, still the TDP is about 20W or so. I think you cannot make great things to that extend, my mini-ITX baord are not cased at all, and the fan is a little noisy.

That's why I'm looking for AMD APU (like the E450) with passive cooling. Strong enough for desktop usage (LibreOffice) and can decode Full HD streams, play DX11 games (with medium details) etc... Far enough, from my point of with according to my usage.

Kochise

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