Little Valley 2

Little Valley 2

Little Valley 2

Little Valley 2

Intel D201GLY2 Mainboard: Top ViewIntel has done surprisingly well with the introduction of the Little Valley uATX mainboard. It is inexpensive, low-powered, and bears the Intel name, which usually implies reliability and quality. So, we weren’t too surprised when we heard Intel was releasing a new Little Valley mainboard, Little Valley 2 (no, that’s not really the name). The D201GLY2 is a fanless successor to the D201GLY with a Celeron 220 1.2 GHz processor. It also has 2 SATA connectors, but that is about it for the differences between the first Little Valley and the new Little Valley.

The D201GLY2 is part of the Intel Desktop Boards Essential Series, a selection of mainboards specifically built with affordability and flexibility in mind. The D201GLY is not included in this group, probably because it doesn’t meet Intel’s Essential Series strict terms. So, it could be that the D201GLY Little Valley 1 doesn’t have SATA connectors. But who knows?

Intel D201GLY2 MainboardThe heat sink is still pretty tall in comparison to most Mini-ITX mainboards. It measures about 46 mm in height, a little less than the D201GLY, which peaked at 48 mm for the highest point on the board. This makes sense, considering the D201GLY CPU fan added a tad to the height. However, we were able to swap out the heat sink/fan combo for another, lower profile one in some instances, which helped with case compatibility. Not sure how that will work for this fanless version, we’ll have to do some testing to see what is possible.

The mainboard is $77.00 and comes in bulk packaging with an IDE flat cable, SATA cable, back plate, and installation CD.

Read a review of the power consumption of Intel’s Little Valley 1 board at: http://resources.mini-box.com/online/MBD-I-D201GLY/intel-d201gly-power-consumption.html.

Comments (21)

  1. Ford
    November 10, 2007

    Is there a heatpipe available that will make this board fit in the Serener fanless cases?

  2. Kristina Bond
    Kristina
    November 12, 2007

    Hi Ford,
    Unfortunately, there is no heat pipe available for the Little Valley mainboard. Our Serener heat pipes fit into holes that are already present on the mainboards (the mainboard heat sinks have pegs that plug into these holes, we just swap out the heat sink for a heat pipe). The D201GLY & D201GLY2 boards do not have these holes. The heat sink clips onto the mainboard instead.

    So, we currently do not have a solution that will work for these mainboards.

  3. Celso Coslop
    November 14, 2007

    Low power enough to use one of those little PicoPSU modules? I would like to know if we can build a system with this board around 40W. (With 1 HDD, 1 slim CD, PicoPSU, no video card)

  4. Kristina Bond
    Kristina
    November 16, 2007

    Hi Celso,
    The PicoPSU modules are compatible with the Little Valley mainboards. But, being low power doesn’t have too much to do with making them compatible.

    What you plan to do with the system will determine how much total power the PC will draw. For instance, if you are ripping a DVD, that could easily peak your power consumption well over 40W.

    According to the D201GLY2 Technical Product Specification Guide: http://download.intel.com/products/motherboard/D201GLY2/tps.pdf, the mainboard will draw a minimum of 15W in standby mode and will peak with a maximum loading of 180W. But, the 180W rating is the worst case scenario. I can’t imagine an instance when you will be drawing that much power with this board.

    We tested the D201GLY2 with the picoPSU 120W and it worked out just fine. The 120W power supply might seem like overkill, but it is a safer bet.

    Then, you will need to factor in the power consumption of the HDD and slim CD.

    It appears that you should be able to achieve those requirements that you outlined, but there will obviously be times when you will draw more than 40W of power.

    Mini-box also did a review of the Little Valley board (D201GLY) that you might find helpful: http://resources.mini-box.com/online/MBD-I-D201GLY/intel-d201gly-power-consumption.html, The board performed pretty well, consuming about 25W of power. The D201GLY2 should do a little better, because the processor is a lower CPU speed (1.2 GHz) and fanless.

    One thing you will have to keep in mind with the picoPSU is that it only utilizes 2 Molex connectors and 1 berg connector. One of these Molex connectors will need to be used for a Molex-to-P4 adapter cable; the Little Valley requires a P4 power connection.

    If you have more questions, please contact a technical sales associate at 802 861 2300.

  5. November 27, 2007

    Hi, does this intel board run flash well?
    Thanks

  6. December 4, 2007

    I got in touch with Adam and per his request I tested the Little Valley 2 with his Flash presentation. I also tested several flash based games found on http://www.candystand.com .

    Tests were conducted under Windows XP Professional environment. In both cases Little Valley 2 preformed well. The visual quality was far from being β€œjerky” and the CPU had more resources left to smoothly execute other operations.

  7. Craig
    December 4, 2007

    These little Intel boards are a godsend for building little, cheap, fairly low-power systems. They don’t have the absolute lowest power consumption that I’ve seen so far, but did I mention they’re cheap?

    I bought one of the Little Valley 1 boards at work for evaluation (at $70, why not?) and about a week later decided to make D201GLY2 our platform for little machines for the next year or so – I bought five to begin with, and will probably buy more.

    The only con I can see is that Intel decided on a heatsink that’s marginally too high for rackmount systems. However, I’ve found that Digikey has an Aavid Thermalloy heatsink that, in a Casetronic C146 with the two case fans blowing directly across the CPU heatsink, keeps peak CPU temperature to about 51 deg C, which is fine for this CPU.

    Aavid also has a slightly larger heatsink that’s intended for flip-chip applications such as this (it has the foam stuck to the underside to stabilise the heatsink), but it’s proving nearly impossible to find.

    Anyway, the one I’ve tried so far is Digikey part number HS332-ND, which is Aavid part 375124B60024G . The supplied clip is the wrong size of the board, but scavenging the clip on the stock heatsink worked out well.

    An onboard CompactFlash slot would be handy, but Emphase’s FDM4000I IDE flash modules have sold me on not caring about CF any more. They’re somewhat more expensive than brand-name CompactFlash, but the fact that they just work with DMA enabled (not always a given under Linux) and the fact that they basically have zero footprint has converted me.

    We put these into cases that we hack up with various other I/O boards, so space is really tight, and having the flash take up no space at all is a big bonus. I’ve been tempted to look at leeching power from the ATX connector to make the setup even more self-contained.

    Besides, the money saved by buying Little Valley boards more than makes up for the price difference, and the performance (I’ve seen 20.5MB/sec read, 9.5MB/sec write to an ext2 filesystem) is definitely worth it.

  8. George
    December 28, 2007

    Hello

    I am very interested in this board as an Intel solution to Mythtv frontends instead of the Via C7 series boards. I cannot not find a decent mini-itx case for this board, and it seems to actually have a micro atx foot print although is marketed as a mini-itx box. I would like to use one of the standard mini-itx cases out their when I find one. Any suggestions as to case types. Also I would probably use some active cooling with it.

  9. December 30, 2007

    mini-box M300 with 2.5in disks works (3.5in needs about 4mm more clearance than the stock HS provides). iStar-S3 also works (stock HS is OK)

  10. Kristina Bond
    Kristina
    January 2, 2008

    Hi George,
    This board poses a few problems with case compatibility: you are correct about the uATX footprint–it is slightly bigger than standard Mini-ITX boards, so it can be a bit of a tight fit in some enclosures; this fanless version runs hot, we are looking into this; and the heat sink is enormous–not quite as tall as the first D201GLY, but tall nonetheless. We swap out this heat sink with the D201GLY board and replace it with a low-profile VIA one. We can do the same for the new, fanless Little Valley board, but then you no longer have the advantage of a fanless board (the VIA replacement has a CPU cooler on it).

    If you are interested in a case for the D201GLY2, and if you are not concerned about it being fanless, we have multiple chassis available. Morex cases will be a little more economical, considering that one of the main draws to the Little Valley board is its price point. Take a look at the Morex 2699, 2766, 5677, and the Casetronic C137. In most of these instances, the heat sink is swapped out for the VIA one, and an ATX extension cable is required.

    If you need additional information, contact one of our technical sales members at 802 861 2300 and he/she will steer you in the right direction.

  11. jannovk
    February 6, 2008

    Hi, i have problem with this mobo, i powering it with pico psu 120w, only 1gb ddr2 533 kingston attached, and system dont work:

    ..while i have p4 cube connector connected, green led on intel lights and when i press power button, led on pico only blinks and turn off

    ..while i have it unconnected (p4) and press power button on my case, system runs, heatsinks gets warm pico lights.. but on monitor is – No signal.

    So where is the problem? i’m tried another power supply than pico – still same, also ram memory in another computer worked flawlessly and finally i get whole new d201gly2 and everything stays same.

    thanks for ideas on how to get it work πŸ™‚

  12. Kristina Bond
    Kristina
    February 6, 2008

    Hi Jannovk,
    I have discussed your D201GLY2 issue with our technical support team, and they have determined that it could be a problem with the following:

    1. The Kingston memory might be incompatible with that particular board. It looks like the memory was the only constant in your investigation that did not get swapped out for something different. We have also noticed Kingston memory being problematic with some of our VIA boards. Try Transcend memory, make sure it is unbuffered, Non-ECC memory and go from there.

    2. The picoPSU might not be working properly. When the picoPSU and the motherboard are running, there should be a green LED on one side, and a red LED on the other, both lit, and not blinking. What other power supply did you use the second time around?

    Let me know if any of this helps.

  13. Rich
    February 9, 2008

    The same here for me, trying to start my d201gly2a today with a pico120, the green ligts is lit up and the cpu-fan starts but nothing else, the 4pin connector is connected, I have a Corsair RAM memory, will try with a different PSU tomorrow. No signal to my LCD-scrren

  14. Rich
    February 13, 2008

    Did some research and tests, My PicoPSU120 doesn’t have the 4 pin atx contact so i Powered it through a molex converter, but it didn’t start either. The PicoPSU90 have a atx P4 connector so I have ordered a picopsu90. My memory was 1GB 667mhz Corsair but it wont get the mobo to start. A HP 256MB, 533mhz memory worked. When I tested with a normal ATX PSU and th HP memory, My mobo started and worked fine…

  15. Kristina Bond
    Kristina
    February 13, 2008

    Hi Rich,
    Our product researchers over here have determined awhile back that the picoPSU power supplies are not physically compatible with the Little Valley mainboards (with the exception of the picoPSU-90). I unfortunately overlooked this finding when replying to the earlier question above.

    The components on the picoPSU interfere with the audio tower and LAN/USB tower on the mainboard. So, I am not sure how you (or anyone) were able to get the picoPSU-120 to actually fit into the ATX connector. Did you find that same problem?

    The picoPSU-90 should work fine with this mainboard. After all, it was designed specifically for the Little Valley series. πŸ™‚

  16. jon
    May 7, 2008

    HI,
    I have a D201GLY2 mini-itx board, brand new.
    I have it on the bench setup with a pico 90w psu and 1 gig ddr2 ram, keyboard and monitor connected, Fanless but I have added a fan after reading about all the overheat problems.

    I have no vga output.
    the fan starts up but is connected to the pico psu using a molex adaptor. I get a flashing green led on the mobo when cmos jumper is set pin 1-2, when set pin 2-3 [configuration] I get constant green led, but in both cases no beeps or
    vga.
    Could this be ram problem ?:[pc wolrd 1gig ddr2 5300 ellxir brand]
    I am unable to find info regarding the led output on the mobo/ flashing rapidy green or constant On green.

    thanks
    jon

  17. Kristina Bond
    Kristina
    May 7, 2008

    Hi Jon,
    It seems very likely that it could be a memory problem. Just to be sure, the P4 power connector on the picoPSU is connected to the mainboard? Sometimes this gets overlooked…

    I would try Transcend memory. Make sure it is unbuffered, Non-ECC RAM. I know in the past other memory brands (such as Kingston) have given us issues.

    If it isn’t the memory, then try an alternative power supply. You can even use a standard ATX power supply if you don’t have another picoPSU.

    If it isn’t the PSU, try clearing the CMOS as the last step.

    I hope that helps! Otherwise, it could be a faulty board in general.

  18. Seb
    May 9, 2008

    Hello,
    I have had the same problem as everybody else. My D201GLY2A only starts with a powerfull PSU. My Travla C138 case seemed to have the perfect PSU (19Vx4.7A=90W AC adapter + 120W DC-DC converter in case with P4 connector). It actually worked fine for a few times, but not anymore! I only have PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse connected to it (no HDD), and I haven’t made any changes. It still outputs +12V,5V,3.3V ..etc and the fan spins. Howewver, I’m not sure about the current (amps) values. So I’m afraid the PSU is dead.
    I can still power and start the board with a 220W ATX PSU. So the board is fine.
    So I’m now struggling to find the right replacement PSU. It seems that the PicoPSU 90W (with 12Vx6.6A=80W AC adapter) would work, however, does anyone currently have this PSU working with this board? Isn’t the PicoPSU 120W safer (it would require a Molex to P4 adapter though) with a 12Vx8.5A AC adapter?
    Any feedback would be welcome!

  19. brandon
    May 28, 2008

    I have sort of the same issue as others. I have a D201GLY2A and I can get it to boot through the BIOS, but after the BIOS screen disappears I get nothing but white lines at the top of my screen.

    When I first fired it up I was able to get to the Windows HDD format screen, but then the video froze and that was it. Since then I haven’t been able to get anywhere after the BIOS. I can go in a edit the BIOS settings and view the type/amount of RAM. I have also updated the BIOS through the recovery BIOS option, removed the battery and cleared the CMOS to no avail. Any suggestions?

  20. Seb
    June 16, 2008

    To all: I finally got the D201GLY2A working with PW-200-M mini PSU (bought from shortcircuit which I can only but recommend) and 12Vx6.6A AC adapter. It powers fine a 2.5″ HDD and 3.5″ 500GB Green Power HDD at the same time, as well as USB keyboard and mouse.
    It is slightly bigger than PicoPSU, however, it fits perfectly the board, and would even leave some room for changing the northbridge heatsink, which I may do sometime later.

    Brandon: Have you tried to boot from a Live Distro CD (Linux or Rescue CD)?

  21. Spencer
    June 16, 2008

    Hey all,

    I’m having a very different set of problems with my Little Valley and most who’ve post and would love some feedback.

    I’m running the mobo with a 1GB stick of Kingston PC2 4200 and the picoPSU 90.

    I’m able to POST consistently with 0 problems but when I go to install XP, I’ve hit BSOD after BSOD. I’ve swapped out the HD and still no luck. I’m currently running memtest86 (several times) to check the RAM integrity.

    The odd part of the problem is that the system crashes or BSODs at very different times and has so far reported different error messages every time. At some points the system crashs (no BSOD) during the setup of Windows when its preparing to install XP and other times I’ve crashed at various times during the installation of XP (from the setting of the date and time all the way to the finalization steps).

    I’d really appreciate any suggestions as to what the problem might be. Thanks!

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