Intel's $199 MinnowBoard Sails Into Open Source Waters with Atom at the Helm

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surfinsam

But can it run Crysis? :) LOL

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Hey.That_Dude

...really?

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satrain18

...But can it run OpenELEC?

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warptek2010

Intel should've used an AMD A6 processor for this. ;)

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AFDozerman

I agree with everyone else. Failboat junior:

http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs50/f/2009/291/4/2/Failboat_Junior_Motivational_by_CharryEX.jpg

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vrmlbasic

200 bucks for this Atom-based machine?! 200 bucks for something that will presumably do the same tasks that a much cheaper microcontroller would?!

Going to the ship metaphor in the article's title, when I think of Atom as a "sailing ship" I think of it as Jack Sparrow's crappy boat in the beginning of the first PotCarribbean where it is sinking as it enters the harbor. Atom is DOA.

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jakiebullet70

WOW! $200 is too much. Does Intel even check the market before they put this stuff out? Who ever is running Intel really needs to fire some people for wasting Intel's time and energy over this...

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Plif

Interesting device, just not something I'd be interested in buying. I have a Raspberry Pi for tinkering and this device's cost compared to its specs puts it outside of what I'd consider for a replacement of any of the other computers I own.

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CaptainFabulous

"The MinnowBoard is cheaper than most x86 systems."

Hardly. Atom chips are dirt cheap. 1 GB of RAM doesn't cost much, and there are tons of mobos that can be had for $50 or less. Why does this thing cost $200?

I honestly don't see who would need or want such a creature at that price point. Now if you could do it for $50 and make it a real competitor to the RPi, then maybe you'd be on to something. But $200 for a 1 GHz Atom with 1 GB DDR2 RAM? Why?

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themiddlegeek

honestly, I've seen VIA boards that are cheaper, have more features, expandability, and [better] TDP, and have more power at the helm...open source or not, this is a dud.

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Arnulf

My crystal ball predicts a glorious fail for this thing. Overpriced, way too weak and with crappy set of features (single LAN, single SATA, no RS232/LPT or some kind of GPIO).

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appleroxinhouston

I honestly don't think this is meant to be used as a primary computer, more of a robot controller, sideproject controller, or kitchen facebook checker. I wouldn't use an Intel Atom even for Word Processing *shudder*

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Hey.That_Dude

There's no GPIO... what are you gonna do, control the robot via USB and Ethernet? That'd take more microprocessors making the project more expensive. Same for side projects of any kind. As for a facebook checker, people already own phones and $99 tablets that can do that for them. Tablets and phones come with a battery and a screen too, at no extra cost!
I agree, I think it's a dud.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

"There's no GPIO... what are you gonna do, control the robot via USB and Ethernet?"

Exactly. This was a complete waste of time and resources.