[mythtv-users] good microATX board
tait at digitallaw.co.uk
Tue Sep 7 12:36:11 EDT 2004
At 15:55 07/09/2004, you wrote:
>Anyone know a really good MicroATX board? I'm looking for an AMD
>system along with onboard audio and LAN (onboard graphics not needed).
> I'll be pairing this with an Antec Aria case. Also, quieter is
>better, so as someone suggested, I'd like to be able to support the
>athlon mobie procs (though I doubt this will happen).
>Currently, I'm looking at MSI.
>Thanks for the input, in advance.
Can't vouch for MSI as I've never used them, but I'm sure they're pretty good.
Against my better judgement, I got a Gigabyte board. My friend was bitten
in the past where he bought one of their boards, and found it had a bug in
the AGP bus; namely if he used the nVidia drivers, the machine would lock
hard after a bit of pottering about with OpenGL. Anyway, I got myself a
snappily titled GA-7VM400MF-P*
Despite the VIA chipset (a KM400), it's been remarkably stable, and can
last up to a month before ivtv starts throwing fits. I would've have
preferred an nForce2 board, but there weren't any available in the UK at
the time I was building this mythbox. One gotcha! is that it doesn't play
nice with some AGP 4x cards (refuses to boot); I had to splash out (and in
retrospect was glad I did) on my dirt cheap nVidia MX-4000 or whatever it's
called, which has shown itself to be a great little performer. It's
adequately passively cooled by the airflow through the case, although I'm
tempted to stick a bigger sink on the nbridge. Not an amazing board, but
you could do alot worse!
One thing I have noticed is that most (if not all) nForce boards come with
active sinks on the nbridge. As long as your case gets decent airflow, you
can happily replace this with a passive sink like wot Zalman make. IME
those lickle fans on the nbridges are noisy as hell and the first thing to
die in any system.
Hope that's useful
*My other motherboard is a 1024 node Itanium cluster with a petabyte of RAM
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