Originally Posted by mesasone
Isn't that the entire purpose of this thread? To discuss AMD's new platform which has the potential to be a "low powered (18w) but powerful HTPC solution"? Are individuals who are attempting to determine whether the hardware will suit their needs so out of place in this thread? Seems like we have every reason to be in this thread.
I wasn't saying that, what I am saying is if you're keeping up with the thread then you know that this system has no problem handling media and normal PC task.
Playing games that require $200 Video Cards is not an average PC task.
Ripping BR is largely unknown by the vast majority of the normal PC user public.
Media Browser is more about cache. Put 4GB in the slots and cache images to RAM, DONE.
It will also handle MILD gaming, with a video card installed and still comes under the budget for a basic i3 build up. Even without a card you will not attempt gaming on ANY Intel box, if you do you're foolish or like slide shows.
AMD also makes software specifically for converting media files, it works with the Fusion APU as well and uses the GPU to convert files.
So let's review -
Does it handle all HD content including Flash 10.2 - YES
Will it do everything a Media Center does involving watching media (Live, Streamed or Recorded) - YES
Will it rip media? Yes but slower than typical Desktop class hardware, you're encourage to use rippers that support multiple cores and/or the GPU to help.
I don't understand this notion that a $200 PC will slow to a crawl being used as a Media Center PC.
Nonsense, untrue and BS.
This is an mITX embedded product with a powerful CPU/GPU and saves you from the price penalty involved with buying Atom/ION/2 boards or spending more money on pricey Intel desktop class hardware.
You can not build a i3 Intel anything for less than $350 but you can with Zacate including a both drives and even a OTA-HD TV Tuner.
If money is not an issue, get a i3, I don't understand the question marks, there is no question marks around i3, just price. If price is an issue then some compromises are natural and while you won't ask an AMD processor to do what an Intel does, I won't ask a Intel product to play a 3D game without laughing really hard, fair?