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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With "mainstream" I was actually referring to the Llano integrated graphics, which offer about Radeon 5570 equivalent performance. A discrete card does not fit into his case anyway.

And he specifically asked for the "Best" HTPC board. The Atom+Ion, Clarkdale and AM3+ IGP boards are all lacking in one or more departments. The cheapest solution that remains and will fit into the R10-D3 case is Llano.

ALL mini-itx configurations are lacking in something. What's "best" for him is what best suits _his_ needs. It's okay to look at specs initially but you want to pay attention to real life experience from people with the same or similar needs.

For example, the ASUS E35M1-I advertises that it has a 16x 2.0 PCI-E slot... However, what the specs don't tell you is that it only has the bandwidth of a 4x. If you want the best deinterlacers and support, vdpau easily surpasses xvba. If you want to add an Nvidia card to that mainboard to get it, you'll unfortunately discover the downfall of having a bandwidth crippled slot.

Mini-ITX htpc solutions are not so cut and dry.. And you will certainly have to compromise somewhere -- ideally in an area of little value to you. And going on 'specs' alone is a big mistake.

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chithanh Member since:

Lacking in one HTPC department I meant.

The PCIe slot doesn't matter, as no PCIe card will fit into his case anyway.

On Windows 7 there is no VDPAU or XVBA. (Article says that this will be the OS)

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grat Member since:

On Windows 7 there is no VDPAU or XVBA. (Article says that this will be the OS)

Partially true, since both technologies you mention are linux. However, DxVA is available, and the fusion chips do UVD2 quite nicely.

I built a "hudson" E350 based system with a Ceton InfiniTV card, and it handles 4 HD streams no problem. The ceton card runs a bit hot, however, so extra cooling was required (apex MI-008 case).

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