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Dell has announced a new mini-style PC using "desktop" components called the Zino HD:


Specs:
  • Processor options:
    • AMD 2650e (single core, 512K L2, 1.6GHz)
    • AMD 2850e (single core, 512K, L2, 1.8GHz)
    • AMD 3250e (dual core, 1MB L2, 1.5GHz)
    • AMD 6850e (dual core, 1MB L2, 1.8GHz)
  • Chipset: AMD 780G
  • Memory: 800 MHz DDR2 SODIMM, two slots, 8GB maximum
  • Video: ATI Mobility Radeon HD3200 (integrated into chipset) or ATI HD4330 (MXM card). Note: systems ordered with HD3200 graphics do not have an MXM slot for future upgrade
  • Audio: 5.1 DD/DTS over HDMI (HD3200) or 7.1 LPCM and 5.1 DD/DTS over HDMI (HD4330), stereo analog
  • Optical drive: 12.7mm (standard laptop) drive bay for SATA DVD+/-RW drive or Blu-ray combo drive
  • Hard Disk: Standard 3.5" SATA hard drive


Media capabilities:
  • Blu-ray disc playback - All configurations, requires BD-ROM & software
  • 1080p h.264 and VC-1 M2TS/MKV/BD-rips - All configurations
  • SD streaming Flash - All configurations
  • HD streaming Flash - Any GPU, 3250e & 6850e confirmed, 2650e & 2850e probable with Flash 10.1
  • 5.1 AC3/DTS bitstreaming over HDMI - All configurations
  • 7.1 LPCM over HDMI - HD4330 versions only
  • Dolby TrueHD / DTS-MA bitstreaming - Not possible


Useful links:
Dell product page (US)
Support manuals
AMD Blog Review part 1
AMD Blog Review part 2
Dell Blog Review






 

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Still wondering what the official specifications are going to be. It does have HDMI so it will definitely be better version of the Hybrid...
 

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Looks like we won't need to build our own mini-itx systems anymore.. this dell looks pretty ideal
 

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If they use a Nvidia 9300 or ATI 4200 GPU then it'll be a slam dunk. It looks like they're using a standard slim optical drive, so replacing it with a BD_ROM should be easy even if Dell doesn't offer it as an option. Lack of built-in wireless might be an issue for some though.
 

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Looks like we won't need to build our own mini-itx systems anymore.. this dell looks pretty ideal

Plastic cases and active cooling make these pre built boxes a little less appealing for many.
 

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Not much for audio on there, hopefully you can get it through the hdmi.


EDIT** To the guy above thanks for the link, sounds good to me!!
 

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now worries, I'm spewing as I already just bought the new mini (2.26GHz)

But I think to to some extent you cant really compare, as the mini isn't really geared to being media front-end.
 

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if this thing performs like my studio slim it will be a solid machine.
 

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I'd like to know how the 400's (Zino HD) GPU compares the mac mini 2009's 9400M ...


I haven't been able to find any comparative reviews...

or even just reviews of the Mobility Radeon HD 4330 (512MB?) on it's own.
 

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I'd like to know how the 400's (Zino HD) GPU compares the mac mini 2009's 9400M ...


I haven't been able to find any comparative reviews...

or even just reviews of the Mobility Radeon HD 4330 (512MB?) on it's own.

While I don't have any comparative data, I do have a blog on this box I will be posting later this week. I have had one for testing for about a week.
 

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You mean a review on your AMD blog?

Cool, thanks for letting me know!


Hopefully there's some comparative analysis that creeps in....

I wouldn't blame you if it was somewhat biased considering you work for AMD



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You mean a review on your AMD blog?

Cool, thanks for letting me know!


Hopefully there's some comparative analysis that creeps in....

I wouldn't blame you if it was somewhat biased considering you work for AMD



Cheers

Actually, I had no other systems to compare it against. This blog is more about the box, features and the observations I made when I was playing with it.
 

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I'd like to know how the 400's (Zino HD) GPU compares the mac mini 2009's 9400M ...


I haven't been able to find any comparative reviews...

or even just reviews of the Mobility Radeon HD 4330 (512MB?) on it's own.

I'd be interested in seeing how well the 4330 does on 1080i de-interlacing quality. A lot of the low end 4XXX series cards have pretty poor playback quality, which is why folks here generally recommend only the 4650 and above.


It's a nice form factor, but invariably these large OEM's seem to always botch something (like the lack of HD HDMI audio on the mac mini) as it seems they never test it out running the kinds of apps we run and hooked to the kind of gear we hook it to.
 

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Some would argue that the mac mini is not marketed as a HT-centric device hence the lack of HD HDMI audio, but I can see what you're getting at.


I wonder how the 9400m compares with the 4330 wrt 1080i/p de-interlacing quality?
 

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Just updated the [email protected] blog with a look at the Dell Zino HD.

http://links.amd.com/ZinoHD

Thanks. I don't understand why they insist on pushing x64, using as an HTPC I just don't see the benefit of going x64 over x32.


Did you get a sense of what the high end of the cost range would be (i.e. with 4330 GPU, etc...)? Also, did you test out playback of hd content (such as BR rips, mkv/ts, etc...)?
 
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