[mythtv-users] good microATX board

Ryan Steffes rbsteffes at gmail.com
Tue Sep 14 15:10:34 EDT 2004

On Wed, 8 Sep 2004 11:29:57 -0400, Anthony Vito <anthony.vito at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 08 Sep 2004 10:53:42 +0200, Johan Eriksson
> <mediacenter at eriksson.net> wrote:
> >
> > I am using the Biostar M7NCG-400 (mATX nForce2), which supports
> > undervolting of the CPU (which is why choose this MB). I am using
> > it with a XP Barton 2400+, Kamakaze Cooler, Seasonic Tornade PSU
> > in a Coolermaster 620 BX1 case. Silent and stable (with GF5200,
> > PVR-350 and Asus TV/FM).
> >
> > I haven't tried the S/PDIF output yet (available through on-board
> > header).
> >
> > /johan
> >
> > PS For more undervoltable (quiet) MBs, have a look at (only a few mATX):
> >
> > http://www.silentpcreview.com/Sections+index-req-viewarticle-artid-69.html
> >
>  I am using a Abit-VA10. I purchased it because I've always liked Abit
> boards, and have never had any issues with them. It's a nice board,
> but I purchased a mobile XP for it, thinking that the good people at
> Abit would never NOT put overclocking options like multiplier settings
> on one of their boards. Saddly, I was wrong. The mobile XP only came
> up at 800Mhz because it defaulted to the lowest setting. I got the
> chip running at normal speed with one of these
> http://www.anthonyvito.com/PKlabel.jpg .. I have two of them because I
> used to overclock my dual Athlon machine, they are called "Golden
> Sockets", the intercept the FID pins and set the multipler. Fun hack..
> It works, but without soldering more dipswitches I can't adjust the
> voltage like I want to. I have a wish to undervolt the mobile chip and
> really get it's power usage down. It's nice to hear you've had a good
> experience with the BioStar board, I'll be buying one now.
>  As far as myth support... I use this board with a pcHDTV and a FX5200
> doing XvMC. I could not for the life of me get the built in unichrome
> chipset to do XvMC or viaslice accel. The VA-10 has an optical out for
> the built in audio, which is a really nice feature. The board is very
> good Abit quality, just not what I needed. I'm going to try out the
> BioStar, I'll let you know how it goes. I'm hoping to use the built in
> gfmx for XvMC.
> anthony.vito
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I'm still trying to find a good list of microATX that are both high
quality and undervolt well.  Any suggestions?

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