Originally Posted by hceuterpe
You guys have it ALL wrong with using ION2 as an HTPC. If the 1x PCIe were to be a fundamental limitation, how is that Broadcom HD a 1x PCIe chip handles 1080p Flash via 10.1, H.264 and VC-1 content perfectly fine? The architecture design of ION2 is perfectly capable of handling flash 10.1, the hardware has what it needs to play flash fine. Probably the usage of system memory in the driver is a relic of how ION did it as this wasn't a bottleneck @ 16x. From what I've read, they've already fixed this. Just download the updated nvidia driver directly from them.
Plus, if you're looking at 3D performance on a platform with Atom processor, you're using it for the wrong thing.
In terms of the 330. You should probably realize that the 330 was discontinued. ie the manufacturing stopped. Also the whole deal with ION 2 being a 1x connection is to be blamed on Intel, as IIRC, wouldn't let NVIDIA license DMI to make ION a chipset like the original was. Last time I checked, they are getting sued for anti-trust issues.
The Jetway ION2 is attractive as it has a built-in IR port for a remote. I haven't been able to find an ION/330 Nettop with the same.
I'm think there's a bit more to this than just the GPU and PCIe. When I first got the unit, all my media was on a whs, and in a number of my old posts, here and else were, I mentioned issues with buffering, not so much dropped frames, etc, I was wired to a gig network, so now that I look back buffering has something to do with the network or nic on the q150, I was using a high bit rate MVK averaging 30-35 mbs. Then I was working off of a crappy usb drive to run some test for a guy of small files, they worked ok, then I loaded a lower bit rate mkv on a 32 GB flash drive, i had issues playing that file in xbmc and boxee on windows, this was most likely do to low read rates of the flash drive, but I noted that it did work in windows media player. then about two weeks go, I made a post saying things were working good when using an external usb drive and when the files were stored on the local drive. I was using the same files as before.
I've had no issues playing mkv's and m2ts When stored locally using boxee, some minor stuttering when the menu overlays appear, but ok. the buffer happens when streaming from the network, so here lies the problem, it's the nic that's creating bottleneck. I've installed the beta version of the nvidia drivers today, the orignal test file I was streaming, still buffers when playing over the network, but I can play lower bit rate files ok while connected to my gig network, and using MoCa, I've been running a bd mkv for the last 20 minutes now over Moca (coax adapters), and it looks good, NIC utilization is around 35%.
So my conclusion is, yes HD does push this unit to the limit, and files stored locally or on a USB hard drive, are playable, but those sames files stored on the network adds a new vaiable to the equation, and the high bit rate files that were playable while stored locally, do not play well from the network. Is it the Q150, my network, whs, router? I say it's the q150, my home built job works fine, connected in the same locations, playing the same files. Maybe the players I'm using are not able to buffer effectively.
So I stand corrected, HD files play on the W150 when stored locally.
I did try XBMC live, but I can't get the audio and network drivers to load, seems to be a common issue, I was able to get XBMC live on my home job, with no issues.