Originally Posted by Tong Chia
The 90W power adapter is surprising considering your article measured 82W peak consumption.
There is not a lot of power reserve if you take line brownouts and loss
of power conversion efficiency as the adapter ages.
I don't expect the full load to happen anytime in the HTPC. It uses Furmark which stresses the GPU beyond reasonable limits and also all the 4 threads are fully loaded. Probably, the unit will spend more time near the idle power consumption figure rather than the 82W figure.
The pricing comparison in your article looks like it is comparing a similar
build. Are you using retail prices?
Yes, retail prices. But, for many laptop components, it is not possible to get retail prices. That is why I compare heavily with notebooks using similar components.
Asrock's pricing is very strange. I ran the numbers using the prices in your article below.
The choice of MXM and a Mobile CPU ($420) is responsible for nearly half the cost ($990).
Delete those and replace it with desktop equivalents and the BOM can come down by as much as $300.
That is true, but the power rating of the build would also go up. I see the least power hungry 'equivalent' dissipates 65W for the CPU itself. Add another 40W for the GPU. From the cost viewpoint, you are correct
Asrock seem to be skimping on the PSU, I expect to see a 120W for the asking price.
I will pass on your suggestion to ASRock. Seems a very reasonable demand.
It would have been better if they had gone with a known
vendor like NEC for the USB3 rather that for a fabless startup like Fresco,
as they are asking for a premium price.
The unit has 2 NEC USB3 ports and 1 Frseco port. NEC doesn't have 1 port USB3 chips AFAIK. The Fresco chip is cheaper than the NEC one. Also, the appearance of competition from Fresco has forced NEC to lower the sale price of its USB 3 chips. So, it is a win-win for consumers
Th exclusion of the OS is very odd as is the inclusion of the Cyberlink software and 3D glasses.
The offering is already expensive. The OS should be included as part of the
price, alternatively the software bundle and associated fluff could have been
deleted to return $50-100 back to the buyer.
The 3D glasses aren't part of the kit, but the 3DTV Play software is. Yes, exclusion of OS being odd has been pointed out to ASRock. They expect distributors to have combo deals for the OS and also good discounts on the MSRP of $999.