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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chithanh
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2006-06-18

"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.
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The suitability of Llano for HTPC is extensively discussed in this AVS Forum thread: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1333378
The Anandtech article's 1080p60 issues are because of one single post-processing feature (dynamic contrast) in combination with Anandtech's use of DDR3-1333 and discussed starting from page 11.
tl;dr -> posts 343 and 353 summarize the situation.

Edited 2011-08-09 12:10 UTC

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

The suitability of Llano for HTPC is extensively discussed in this AVS Forum thread: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1333378
The Anandtech article's 1080p60 issues are because of one single post-processing feature (dynamic contrast) in combination with Anandtech's use of DDR3-1333 and discussed starting from page 11.
tl;dr -> posts 343 and 353 summarize the situation.

First, the people who are rambling about the Llano being a faster cpu then an Atom is completely absurd. Aside of the obvious problems with those types of statements, when you're talking about an htpc using a hardware decoder, the cpu is sitting IDLE most of the time. The fact you're using a hardware decoder practically removes the cpu from the equation.

So, now you look at the GPU... The speed of the memory, the shaders, the deinterlacers, bla bla bla.. Is the Llano capable of being used in an htpc environment? Yes, of course. Will it provide competition for Nvidia's already proven high end deinterlacers? Absolutely not.

There's no question there are areas where Llano falls short in the htpc arena. That doesn't mean it's a bad choice -- it isn't. It's just not the best. People, wrongly, cling to 1080p performance as the measuring stick.. The real test is how it handles 1080i with post-processing. Anyone that doesn't understand that has a lot to learn about this subject.

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