Originally Posted by andyd2k
I wouldn't consider the bump in specs to be future proofing but I do agree that it makes more sense just to go for the top end for both video and cpu for this PC. It really isn't that much of a price difference especially when you consider cash back. I guess some just rather not spend the money
I'm in for 2 of the stock single cores ($199, with $60 gift card) and 2 dual cores ($229, with $60 gift card).
These will just be attached to TVs in the house, connected to my media server. As long as they can run media center, and 1080p MKVs , I'm happy. Flash will work fine with 10.1, but it's not a big concern.
At $140 each, I can't come close to finding/building anything that comes close.
I'm not contradicting what JJ is saying, and until an experienced tweaker gets their hands on one, we're all still a little in the dark. However, I find it odd that so many people are flocking to dual core/upgraded graphics.
Nobody has tested the single core with the new flash drivers, although plenty have been able to play HD flash on a single core atom/Ion with them, without an issue.
"Future Proofing" as far as these upgrades is a complete myth. Consider the number of things you'll be looking to do with the big cpu / video that you couldn't do with the stock. We're not talking about a night and day comparison, we're looking at a little more cpu, and a little more graphics power, neither of which compare to a bottom level desktop cpu, or bottom rung graphics card. I'm not bagging on the product, I just want people to see it for what it is, and set their expectations appropriately.
As I (and several others) have mentioned here ad nausem, if you are looking for a very small desktop, and will be using it as such, you might be getting some real value out of several of the upgrades. If you want a media box with some other capabilities, and are looking to "future proof", I don't think it's a wise idea. 12 t0 14 months from now, we'll be seeing devices using next-gen AMD/Intel parts that will blow these early mini-boxes away. That's always the case, and I'm fine with it.
Java, a lot of people are buying based on your recommendations here. You have been steering people towards dual-cores and upgraded graphics, but haven't conclusively said why. Just wondering if you have clean installs with real framerate data we can use. (ugh, NEVER watch flash in windowed mode but maximized. Run a cpu meter log in the background... it's a very significant difference).
Cheers all, can't wait!