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    Anyone using Atom powered desktops?

    Er, like it says on the subject line. I'm considering getting a bunch for a room where it'll be predominantly one web-based application and office apps only.

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    I have just ordered 170 from stone for the summer for the non-intense areas of the school. I got a eval unit and things tested out well when I put it through day-to-day activies as well as bench tests before I placed the order.

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    these atom based machines are becoming more and more popular in education and with the low cost units coming out monthly from most vedors its bound to pick up more,
    If you are looking for a low cost almost silent but effective small factor machine that can cope with word processing and internet surfing then these machine really can step up to the mark,
    I hope that helps but if you need any further info, eval unit or quotations be sure to give me a shout,

    p.s some intel infomation here http://www.intel.com/products/processor/atom/index.htm

    some independant reviews from Toms Hardware http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...-cpu,1947.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by CPLTD View Post
    these atom based machines are becoming more and more popular in education and with the low cost units coming out monthly from most vedors its bound to pick up more,
    If you are looking for a low cost almost silent but effective small factor machine that can cope with word processing and internet surfing then these machine really can step up to the mark...
    Why not go for a thin client solution then ?

    The clients will last longer, and the software will be all centrally managed.


    ..anyway.. we have been trying a few netbooks, and have found them to be okay though.
    I got a price from my usual supplier for a SFF Atom based machine, and it was only a little less money than a standard desktop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by User3204 View Post
    I got a price from my usual supplier for a SFF Atom based machine, and it was only a little less money than a standard desktop.
    In smaller quantities it doesn't seem worth it possibly for the money you will save but for the bigger orders it soon adds up.

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    If you factor in electricity costs over 3 / 5 years then it becomes idiotic not to go with atom if you do not require massive processing power.

    Butuz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butuz View Post
    If you factor in electricity costs over 3 / 5 years then it becomes idiotic not to go with atom if you do not require massive processing power.

    Butuz
    Another good point. Does anybody have any stats showing the difference / cost saving or the maths? I'll be interested to see how much we will save.... not that I will ever see the difference but good to know we are playing our part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by User3204 View Post
    Why not go for a thin client solution then ?

    The clients will last longer, and the software will be all centrally managed.


    ..anyway.. we have been trying a few netbooks, and have found them to be okay though.
    I got a price from my usual supplier for a SFF Atom based machine, and it was only a little less money than a standard desktop.
    If you send me over the model you have been looking at I'm sure we can show you a competative difference to what you have been quoted,

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    I would personally wait until more of the ion models hit the market, the current crop lack the graphics grunt required for many tasks. I'm personally not all to convinced by the nettop idea, often you can get some lower powered desktops either brand new of refurbished for not much more and they are far more serviceable, have room for an optical drive and should last a good while longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    Another good point. Does anybody have any stats showing the difference / cost saving or the maths? I'll be interested to see how much we will save.... not that I will ever see the difference but good to know we are playing our part.
    Here are our electricity costs per pc per year based on a school average on and off peak usage pattern and current off and on peak electricity costs.

    21.09/year - Dell Optiplex GX520 P4 3.00Ghz PC
    19.62/year - RM Core2 Quad 2.66 PC
    8.16/year - RM EcoQuiet Atom PC
    4.12/year - HP T5135 Thin Client
    1.51/year - Axel M70w / Sun Ray II Thin Client

    Also for VDU devices:

    16.14/year - 17" CRT
    6.35/year - 19" TFT

    So - moving from an ICT suite of 30 x older Dell P4 workstation and 17" CRT to a Atom PC with 19" TFT's will save you 681.60 per year just in electricity.

    Butuz
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butuz View Post
    Here are our electricity costs per pc per year based on a school average on and off peak usage pattern and current off and on peak electricity costs.

    21.09/year - Dell Optiplex GX520 P4 3.00Ghz PC
    19.62/year - RM Core2 Quad 2.66 PC
    8.16/year - RM EcoQuiet Atom PC
    4.12/year - HP T5135 Thin Client
    1.51/year - Axel M70w / Sun Ray II Thin Client

    Also for VDU devices:

    16.14/year - 17" CRT
    6.35/year - 19" TFT

    Butuz
    Would be good to see what a Atom based system with a SSD would work out at!

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    Acer Aspire Revo R3600 Desktop PC - Desktops at Ebuyer

    looks to be one of the better Atom nettops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPLTD View Post
    Would be good to see what a Atom based system with a SSD would work out at!
    Only one way to find out mate - you know my address

    Butuz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butuz View Post
    Only one way to find out mate - you know my address

    Butuz
    I'll have a talk with the powers that be , would be good to see the stats and benefits not only cost wise but enviromentally,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallwood_6 View Post
    Acer Aspire Revo R3600 Desktop PC - Desktops at Ebuyer

    looks to be one of the better Atom nettops.
    shame Acer havent adapted this model for the public sector with support for XP/Vista Biz/Windows 7

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