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I am looking to get an HTPC and the Dell Zino looks like a great place to start.
Currently I have a WHS filled with DVD rips (480i/p passthrough in mpeg format), Bluray rips (1080p passthroughs in M2TS format) and TV shows in a variety of formats (some MKV some avi some mpeg etc....)
I have done a lot of testing on my main computer and I have come to the conclusion that I want to run WMC7 w/ media browser to play all my media from the WHS, Hulu desktop, DVD & Bluray from optical, and other internet videos (maybe from Boxee).
That said, which version of the Dell Zino 410 would be acceptable?? I don't particularly want to spend $600+ on the quad core version. Would the Dual-core with discrete graphics card be able to handle the 1080p streaming and/or optical playback??
Another consideration I had was with the Boxee Box, if I sacrifice physical disc viewing, would the Boxee Box be able to handle all the 1080p content I have?
|Here is where the downer comes in. While going through our media streamer test suite, we found that many 1080p60 H264 clips wouldn't play properly. We had protracted communication with both Dell and AMD, and it was one of the main sources of delay with respect to the publishing of this review. We waited quite a bit to see whether driver updates would fix the issue, but release after release went by without any improvement in the situation. After Catalyst 11.1, we gave up.
The short story is that the HD 5400 series (Cedar based) is qualified for content up to 1080p 24fps only. At that format all the video quality features are available with the exception of mosquito noise reduction and deblocking. Anything beyond that format is not qualified for the Mobility 5450. Even though some instances of that format (1080p30 or 1080p60 H264) may play back, it's not guaranteed that it will be smooth.
All in all, the Mobility 5450 falls short in its support for certain encodes when compared with its midrange and high end cousins, as well as the nVidia 4xx GPUs and Intel HD Graphics.
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