Originally Posted by Venomous
Doesn't the current level of intel graphics already prove this? I'm not sure what other examples you need. It took moving icebergs for intel to address hd3000 shortcomings in sandy bridge.
The issues with SNB graphics were well documented in reviews by everyone (including AnandTech, as in the CoreHT 252B review that I linked in an earlier message).
They have a history, that's the point im trying to make here.
What is the history you are trying to refer to here? Intel has never been good with HTPC, but multiple people have now been able to use IVB for HTPC workloads effectively (AnandTech and MissingRemote are not the only one). If you are saying that Intel ships different hardware / software to reviewers compared to the actual market, I would really like proof of that. Intel is not stupid enough to do that, definitely!
By the way, Hendrik Leppkes (the author of LAV Filters) also has an IVB CPU and he can corroborate both AT and MR's findings at a macro level. My understanding is that he got the CPU after the NDA lift date, and it is not a 'review sample'.
Many of us do more then spin a disc on our htpc or load a video file.
People have different interpretations for HTPCs. For many, the first introduction to a HTPC is just spinning a disc or loading a video file (in fact, I bet a large number of people use this mode in their PCs, but just don't call them HTPCs). Then, we have TV tuners and then, DVR capabilities and so on. So, you need to evaluate a platform based on its support for everything. (And, I dare say, most of that stuff is going to rely on CPU power, which is something Intel is good with, anyway).
If you want more examples, would you like to look at the Mac platform as more proof?
Isn't that Apple's problem?
I also noticed that in this hd4000 hype, no one touched on linux drivers...
Phoronix does a very good job with reviewing Linux support. I am not sure whether they have any IVB coverage up, but, note that companies target their biggest market first. Undoubtedly, Windows has the largest HTPC marketshare, and it is only understandable if Linux drivers are not ready at launch. I like Linux too, and actually spend most of my work hours on a Linux machine, but, for HTPC duties, I would always recommend something based on Windows.
And more importantly.. Big screen gaming... The biggest screen in the house is being ignored, c'mon.
AnandTech has plenty of gaming benchmarks in the piece linked in the first post. It is better than a GT 520 / AMD 5450. It has also been noted that it doesn't come upto Llano's standards for gaming. But, funny enough, those GPU resources deliver better post processing for videos in IVB compared to Llano.
I guess from a minimalist stand point, a hd4000 may get the job done for your avg guy.
HD4000 gets the job done in a reliable manner for video playback and post processing. What else do you want a HTPC focused review to address?
Of course not... Intel has no past of overhyping any of their release hardware
or sending out special spun review samples in the hands of reviewers. I'm curious, how long you have been in this hobby?
Please link me to info about special spun review samples from Intel. I am genuinely curious.