Originally Posted by GreenEyez
Here`s small mini preview (hopefully i`ll get around to play more with it tonight and post the review)
The board has very good fan control, so you can tweak the settings to make even the default fan very quiet. I`ve managed to keep the board passive with just on anemic 120mm case fan spinning at 500rpm. COmplettly inaudible.
Tested out playback of a 40Mpbs 1080 remux of Black Hawk Down with XBMC and MPC-HC + ffdshow. HD audio bitstreaming works fine for me to my Denon AVR2310 via ffdshow, XBMC only passes the DTS core, ofc (XBMC limitation). Playback was smooth as butter. I also tried Inception, over the network (1080 p/24 Mpbs/ HD audio /wireless 300N with constant speeds of 10-11 MB/s) and it worked fine.
PQ was very good, equal to my old HD5450. Regarding interlancing, VA doesn`t work, but MA does and the PQ was good.
Bitstreaming via TMT5 doesn`t work, we need a patch for it.
Flash in HD works fine, with the latest 1.2 . Older versions do not support Zacate, hence the shuttering some people reported
The CPU inside it is more powerful than the Atom, it even handles the heavy duty Aeon MQ2 skin well (which the Atom has serious lag issue with), which is the most advanced XBMC skin ever created (and most resource hungry). Some small lag when using Showcase/Coverflow view, but that seems to be the issue with the skin, the skind dev is working on rewriting that portion of the sking and submiting a patch for it.
All-and all it`s a great board, bringing down the HTPC to streamer price ranges (you can build a Zacate HTPC sub 200$ (100$ Zacate board 20$ ram 40$ mini-ITX case+PSU + some old HDD you have lying around for the OS)
Note : I tested this with only 1GB of ram and Windows 7, so the platform was the bare minimum, and worked great under these contitions.
Not bad GE...
I think concerns over interlaced content and other stuff is overblown. For a low cost HTPC for general duty this will be fine, I don't see what the concern over extra power is needed for. Back when video cards didn't support DXVA okay that was an issue but that's no longer the case.
I still say ATI/AMD has PQ on the market.
If the XMBC Aeon skin is CPU intensive and still performs well, then running Media Browser as others are doing shouldn't be a problem. Get updated drivers (when released) for the ArcSoft Theater and this would make a very good low cost HTPC.
For Media Playback it will crush Media Streamers because you can't run casual games or emulators on those things, add the GameTime! Media Browser plug-in and your emus and your in business. If you're happy with internet content and don't watch much TV, you can put in a $50 hybrid HD tuner card. I've even found a HomeRun HD network single tuner for $42 at Fry's (return).
Install W7, add Netflix, Internet TV plug-in, SecondRun 2.0 and maybe vmcPlayOn for a wide range of content for not much money. Use Media Center Master for metadata and uTorrent plug-in and that's a complete HTPC... For not much money.