Originally Posted by CDLehner
...my question was more is it likely to be hard to add later, given the Zino's form factor?
I don't plan on gaming on this PC, just VOD and streaming. I want best resolution available from the source. I don't know what Fancast, Hulu, Netflix, etc. will do, but if they'll do 720p for example...I don't want to settle for 480p because my GPU won't handle it. But are you saying the 3200 should handle anything video
, and only upgrade to the 4330 for hardcore gaming? Ditto for the CPU.
Not sure if you read the blog I posted today, but I address some of this with the blog.http://links.amd.com/ZinoHD
However, here is a little more for you to review. Very few sites are streaming HD today, but I think it is safe to say they are all headed that direction.
Now, I will have a better feel for this when I do more testing tomorrow. However, all the flash content I threw at it up till now has played back fine with the integrated graphics. I am going to try the HD stuff on the Hulu site tomorrow and will post back then.
The Radeon 3200 (UMA graphics) has done pretty well with OTA TV content (ATSC), streamed content over wireless network (DVD, music, etc), streamed conetent from the internet. I have not needed the discrete card yet for anything I have tried.
As for adding a BD later. mechanically it is pretty easy. Lid has a quick release button on back (so you can change colors), then there is a metal cover over the top of the chassis (under the colored lid). 1 screw removes that cover, 1 screw to remove the DVD drive, 2 screws to remove the bracket on the DVD drive and move it to BD drive and sata power/data cables.
You do need eyeglass type screw drivers as the screws are pretty small.
The only thing to be concerned with is making sure there are no compatability issues with the drive you are going to use. I only mention this because I did try 1 BD drive (an LG/Hitachi) and it would not recognize a disc. Tried another engineering sample from another vendor and it did work. However playback was suspect and stuttery. However, I don't know if this was an issue with the drive (being an ES) or the s/w I was using.
I think graphics and CPU could handle it as CPU load was around 25-30% and UVD appeared to be working.
I plan on testing this more later to find out the real cause.