Originally Posted by ilovejedd
Even with Mini-ITX, the lines are getting blurred. More and more M-ITX cases are being released with sufficient cooling to handle low-power desktop parts without sounding like a jet engine. This past year we saw the likes of ASUS (M4A88T-I Deluxe) and GIGABYTE (GA-H55N-USB3) testing the waters with both boards arguably becoming the de facto standards for their respective platforms. ASUS has already announced their LGA-1155 M-ITX board and with the popularity of the GA-H55N-USB3, I'm sure GIGABYTE will release a M-ITX LGA-1155 eventually. I also recall seeing a M-ITX LGA-1155 prototype from MSI earlier this year. Back in 2009 when its only competition was the Atom/ION, Zacate would have been a huge hit. Now? The landscape has changed and there's just a lot of competition in the HTPC desktop space.
I heartily agree. Still, having more options to choose from is good.
True, there are a lot more mini-itx options, but it may be the case where fully-fledged mini-itx + CPU combos are substantially more expensive than a Brazos platform setup. Consider that a good ITX board will usually run you about $100, give or take. Add in an i3, or the equivalent Sandy Bridge, which is not a cheap chip, and you're well above what a Zacate will likely cost (based on the cost of an Atom platform) as an integrated platform. Thats ignoring that the integrated GPU on Zacate will outperform Clarkdale parts. So from a price standpoint the ITX market still seems like a possible win for Zacate, if only because AMD doesn't have the integrated GPU performance and features out of its desktop parts. The desktop AMD's are really cheap, but without a more powerful, bitstreaming IGP, its not a great option. If size isn't a big deal and you're spec-ing out a Brazos rig vs. a mATX rig, I think the desktop parts are a no-brainer.