Originally Posted by Nevcairiel
So don't use BGA, but get a normal LGA mini-ITX board with a 35w Haswell. Thats easy in the fanless regions (not to mention that you can still have fans and inaubile at the same time, don't need a full-power blower at those levels)
In any case, i would rather have a powerful Haswell then some weak Atom. I know many people like the idea of getting just enough to make it work, but i rather have some reserves.
What if H.265 suddenly catches on, and your CPU has no hardware decoder for it (which it won't)? And you have no CPU power to decode it? New hardware it is!
First of all, I think you're basing too much on past Atom performance here. This is an entirely newly designed architecture which should be a drastic improvement over current Atoms (which to be honest, makes me think it's a branding failure to name it Atom, as it's going to be associated with the horrible netbook performance of days past). And secondly, H.265 suddenly catching on doesn't seem all that likely to happen in the next few years anyway, but who knows.
But most importantly, you're still ignoring the fact that the cost will be dramatically cheaper.
Now, personally, I'll always want the more powerful chips, but this could fit a very large niche if it turns out as well as expected to.