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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Intel ATOM WHOOAAAAA Nellie

From: rhubbell
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Intel ATOM WHOOAAAAA Nellie
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 10:33:28 -0800

Just say "no" to nvidia. See reasons provided by others.

> them!  I want to ask those who do not see an immediate need for them but 

I never saw a question anywhere.

Basically this email (cross-posted all over the place) is an

On Thu, 19 Feb 2009 23:20:21 -0500
Bob McGwier <address@hidden> wrote:

> Many of us have and love the Intel ATOM 330 boards we have.  I have 3 of 
> them!  I want to ask those who do not see an immediate need for them but 
> are thinking about getting one for SDR purposes,  I want to tell you 
> that "better things are arriving" as always.
> The Nvidia ION will address almost 100% of the few gripes with the 
> D945GCLF2 and D945GCLF (Intel Mobo) computers.  The intel graphics chip, 
> 3D/2D acceleration, is okay, but it is not great.  The D945GCLF2 
> addressed the desire for 64 bit OS, but we still had pretty slow memory 
> supporting slow DDR2.  Unhappy with the PC VGA connector on the Intel?  
> The Nvidia ION has HDMI  output and 7.1 audio!
> The Nvidia ION address both of these shortcomings.  The Nvidia ION has a 
> memory of Nvidia's very impressive GPU's with the GEO Force (9300/9400) 
> family.  It is also supports DDR3 memory.  Both of these factors will 
> represent MAJOR improvements in the performance.
> Please, if you have not already purchased the Intel ATOM motherboards,  
> hold up a bit.  There is nothing wrong with the $80-$90 motherboards you 
> currently have but these new ones will represent bit steps in the right 
> direction. 
> HOWEVER, for those folks who want to build an small board computer for 
> supporting the Flex family of firewire devices,  the Intel motherboards 
> are your only choice.  You need the PCI slot to get the firewire support.
> For those of us who want to support USB 2.0 or better yet,  GigE,  the 
> Nvidia ION will provide more IO ports than the Intel motherboard and has 
> the other advantages already mentioned here.  You will need an external 
> drive case to hold the drives as the eSata ports are on the back of the 
> motherboard for Nvidia ION.
> So,  no firewire needed?  better memory and graphics needed?  HDMI 
> needed or desired?  Wait for the Nvidia ION motherboards to become 
> available to you in the second quarter of this year in desktops and 
> motherboards.  The ASUS N10Jc notebook are, or soon will be available.
> Bob
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