Originally Posted by Zon2020
you can still buy it for $45 shipped with cooler at Directron, $47 at Amazon.
Last week it was $39 shipped at Superbiiz.
I think what's "cheapest" is always going to depend on what you want to do. Non-3D, non-1080p60, play HD video, audio, TV, music, surf then all you need is the G530. Add 3D then AMD has the cheaper solution. Want to game, it depends on what games -- maybe Intel+dGPU or AMD A8. Transcoding, serving lots of extenders, need it to be quiet, need it to be fanless, need it to run X, Y, Z, well then who knows.
I don't think benchmarks matter a whole lot in HTPC. It's more pass/fail. If two CPUs both work for the HTPC features desired, the faster one isn't necessarily going to provide a better experience.
The quote in the first post says (underline provided by me) "AMD presents some
of the most economical HTPC building blocks". Yes, they provide some
and so does Intel. Depending on what you're doing, maybe the Raspberry Pi or the AllWinner A10 does too. The article was about Llano and what it can do. I don't see what the big deal is.