gerwin wrote on 2023-02-28, 16:32:
Ozzuneoj wrote on 2023-02-27, 08:40:
Uhg... now that I think about it, an earlier project PC my brother and I put together strictly as an emulation system was probably faster per-thread than the first couple generations of Atom CPUs. That project involved a full desktop Pentium 4 2.4Ghz Northwood in an obscure and fairly inexpensive ebay-find Mini-ITX socket 478 board made by Migrus, which we crammed into an Atari 2600 chassis back in ~2006 or so.
How hot did that pentium 4 run, in such a small case?
About a year ago I had to rethink a mini-ITX build: Everything could fit just fine, but I did not like the GPU temperature when under load (HD6450 PCI-E).
It was toasty but we had a really nice and compact copper cooler on it. I won't say it was quiet, but it did the job. We put a hinge on the atari so you could open it, and as a bonus this meant that you could prop it open like the hood on a car for extra ventilation. It did have some decent fresh air coming in because my brother cut an Atari logo in the ribbed part of the top, so that fresh air could be pulled in that way. I'm not going to say it had good ventilation... it was a full fledged desktop with a hard drive AND a slim DVD burner crammed into an Atari 2600... but it was adequate.
This was part of the reason we went with a 2.4Ghz Northwood though. They ran much cooler than most other options for that socket. And I believe we paid $20 for the CPU when we bought it... and maybe $75-$100 for the motherboard? It wasn't much at all, considering the cost (and performance) of alternatives at the time.
Anyway, I don't want to derail the thread. I just mentioned this because Intel released the Atom within a year or two of us painstakingly building this crazy ITX project PC and I remember thinking "oh great, NOW people care about mini ITX". But in the end, the old P4 was probably still faster in single threaded workloads and we didn't do anything graphically intensive that would have required the more up to date IGP that came with the Atom or with an Nvidia Ion board.
Now for some blitting from the back buffer.