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Posted: May 21 2006,16:17 QUOTE

Surprised to see it with a cpu fan (it shouldn't need one).

Lots of 800 MHz C3s came with fans.  Tradeoff was enormous (expensive, too big) heatsink or cheap heatsink/cheap & noisy fan.  LinITX page  SPCR page

The Eden is also guaranteed to run without a fan while the C3 is not.  Fanless not guaranteed

As is so often the case, "it all depends..."   :;):

For only 14 watts, one can get a 1.4 GHz processor for AMD Socket A.  Same chipsets used as with AMD Athlon cpus (e.g., KM266 Pro+ VT8235).

Large Socket A heatsinks may well allow fanless.  Certainly, one could achieve lower noise than C3 fans by use of undervolted 80mm fans on Socket A cooler.   CPU Overview  CPU specs  CPU & Micro-ATX mobo for US$85

Via has always been kind of half-hearted in supporting C3/C7 and Mini-itx/Nano-itx for consumer & hobby use.  Promises made, unmet, etc, etc, etc.  Driver issues for Linux.  

AMD, OTOH, never bothered offering Geodes for consumer/hobbyist.  Doesn't mean we shouldn't use them.  I've even seen them on mini-itx.

I think the Geode probably offers the best performance/watt in low power, low cost CPUs.  I don't think the Vias can touch them.

Add US$25 256 MB DDR memory, salvaged Socket A heatsink/fan & ATX/micro-ATX case and one would have a pretty nice US$110 DSL pendrive machine.  If one had to buy case & HSF, add US$40.

Needless to say, DSL & DSL-N would be extremely fast on a Geode.  Substantially faster than on a C3.
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