Good news for server builders and dedicated device system builders! Asus has fully qualified their miniITX Atom D525 series to use Fedora64 and Ubuntu64.
The onboard audio is great, no pops, hum. It even does not suffer the usual bs from the pulse audio mixer software in Linux. Looks like IDT did a really great job by letting out the specs (you can download them without singing your life away!) and Asus most likely helped with the process..thumbs up all the way to Asus on this great little piece of gear.
Even the video is decent..GoogleEarth Linux 64 bit does spinning earth in full screen without trouble. And if hooked up to by gigabit to a good fast connection it performs every bit as well as my Windows PC in DirectX or OpenGL with an AMD 7750 and an add on Nvidia Gforce 8600...installed because the onboard ATI Radeon X1250 on the Asus M2A-VM board is a dog, and is not on the list for Windows 7 graphics devices for anything other than Windows 7 basic. I think I will pass on Windows 7 after buying this board!
The Intel D525 on this board is not exactly crazy gamer like in performance but it is certainly more than good enough for my needs. And it has absolutely no trouble with the updated x-org intel drivers in full blown openGL graphics mode.
The build combo is the Thermaltake Element Q miniITX case with a 220 watt that runs with a super quiet slow fan. I am sitting right beside it and all I hear is nothing ...for the first time.
It has a full sized card slot for my firewire card or my M-Audio 24-96 ( if the alsa vs pulse nonsense for this card is ever fixed ) If I have to stick in the firewire then I will just sell the 24/96 and get a Firewire Solo. I need the USB bus for other devices so doing USB audio would really suck and no doubt would cause drops and pops.
This is going to make one great little audio combination recording-transcoding-networking device.
The Asus AT5NM10-I that is in the case has no fan on the cpu/gpu. It runs at a respectably cool 17 watts total and has a huge heat sync. It never goes over 45c on the proc or 35c on the board. The Linux command "sensors" reports everything perfectly without the usual proprietary crap that gets in the way on laptops and other devices. Great not having to install or do anything to be able to use the sensor commands.
The board has gigabit eithernet and an IDT 24/192 a-d capable audio chip that is the same one that comes on some Mac Book pros, top of the line Asus and Dells. Though the implementation is only for 5.1 out it still has the same core codec as the 7.1 version of the same chip.
Funny but I did not know that the processor(s) would show up as 4 cpus. Guess that it is in reality a 2 cpu plus 2 gpu design. Neat stuff what they can shrink down on one chip with 45 nm circuitry.
Now if I can just figure out a way to hack the 30 pin LDVS connector on the board to work with an old salvage laptop screen...
Any screen hackers out there?