Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Aug 2011 22:46 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems And yes, another item, right away. I'm on the hunt for a mini-ITX motherboard for use in a living room HTPC, and considering there's so much choice out there, I'm a little confused. Then I realised I have you people to help me out, and, well, one thing led to another.
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garyd
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2008-10-22

The Llano is underpowered for 1080i using advanced deinterlacers and other video post-processing.

I looked up the Anandtech article on AMD A8-3850 for HTPC (http://www.anandtech.com/print/4479) and it does mention problems with 1080p. So I must have been thinking of something else... though now I'm curious whether that can be fixed in software.

I'm not aware of one that does actually support the full 16 lanes. The problem is supplying the power needed to do so.

The FM1 socket boards from Gigabyte do: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=10&p=2&v=27

Yes, for complete systems. It's worth mentioning that I haven't paid full price however. All of my htpc hardware has been purchased while on sale and/or with MIR.

That's usually the best way to buy complete bare bones systems as well.

Also note that none of these systems have a storage drive since I use a lan fileserver, and just 2GB ram (which is plenty for an htpc with hardware decoding). The OSes are installed on cheap USB flash drives or SDHC.

There's been some confusion on the thread about this. If Thom's looking to replace his motherboard, why not just by a media extender? That's certainly possible but it sounds like he wants to keep as much of his existing hardware as possible. If he's got DDR3 RAM at compatible speeds then that will help toward that goal... (which seems unlikely given the age of the system mentioned in his post)

re SATA port multipliers, I've heard a lot about this on the OpenIndiana mailing list but haven't encountered it yet myself. I had just written it off as someone trying to build a storage system with cheap desktop hardware that wasn't designed with that goal in mind.

-Gary

Edited 2011-08-09 00:41 UTC

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