First thanks for your great efforts in testing, I really appreciate your in-depth hints!
Originally Posted by renethx
Llano APU dethroned the golden combination of Core i3-2105+Z68+DDR3-2133.
(DDR3-2133 is only available as 2 x 4GB or higher kit, that is pretty expensive compared with DDR3-1600 2 x 2GB, no need of overclocking, DXVA2 compatible AMD GPUs was implemented in LAV Video Decoder etc.)
Could you please clarify, what you mean by dethroned? The AMD combo has a technical advantage over the Intel one, or both are technically equivalent, but the AMD is available for less money?
At the moment I think about purchasing a pre-built device as I do not have enough experience with low-noise cases and setups. Would you recommend the Zotac ZBOX-ID82 or the ZBOX-ID80? The former one has HD Graphics 3000 and i3 2330M the latter one GeForce GT 520M and Atom D2700. I want to see BD-ISOs and DVD-ISOs mostly but also use the Web with this HTPC with the most demanding task probably HD-Youtube-Streams.
As I like to see foreign movies with subtitles, perfect subtitles are important (that's where the Dreambox is failing, even if movies are converted to MKV). Is there something to care for, e.g. only a certain HTPC-software does this right?
Two sidenotes, that might also influence the hardware choice:
- Is it possible to attach an external DVB-S2 tuner to these devices? It might replace my Dreambox 800 then.
- Is the gaming performance different between the solutions? (Very low priority, just for clarification; it's clear both are poor gaming PCs)
Would it be possible to build something perfomance-wise like the Zotacs for about the same price? I don't care for the small size, but would maybe go this way for lower noise with big fans, e.g. in a SilverStone Grandia. Does anybody know, if those Zotac boxes are noisy?
Thanks in advance for any insight!