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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Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Mon 8th Aug 2011 00:29 UTC
ilovebeer
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2011-08-08

I've tried several different Intel Atom/Nvidia ION[2] mainboards and there simply isn't much difference between them. They all perform within the same ballpark and the Nvidia ION/ION2 has certainly proven to be a great choice for a cheap htpc. Keep in mind you may need to throttle temporal-spatial deinterlacing back to temporal for things like high-action sports in 1080i, but this isn't a problem for most users. If it's a sticking point for you, you need to forget mini-itx. Also, "cheap" is relative so you'll have to decide what's "best" for you & your wallet. I would go with an ION2 system as it has a little more horsepower in my real world experience with them. They also work just fine as a file server. You definitely get the most bang for your buck.

I strongly recommend you read:
http://www.linuxtech.net/features/nvidia_ion_products_overview.html

Although there are references to Linux, you'll be just fine with Windows assuming you've given your little buddy enough RAM and keep things in perspective. As a fully capable htpc & usable desktop, most of these will suit your needs. If you're looking for a full blown htpc, full blown desktop, full blown bla bla...you are barking up the wrong tree in many regards, starting with the mini-itx requirement.

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