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All posts tagged "e-350"


Friday, March 25, 2011

New Options For Your HTPC! It's Exciting!

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2011/03...525-with-ion-2/

"If you’re in the market for a mini HTPC that won’t break the bank and will provide performance on par to high-end entertainment PCs from just a few years back, you’re probably scratching your head wondering which platform should I buy? On the one hand, you have the proven and popular Intel Atom D525 with NVIDIA ION 2 graphics. On the other, you have AMD’s new E-350 APU, which combines the CPU and GPU on one chip."

By the way things have played out, Intel has never really seemed that interest in the low cost market. While they have had great succcess with the Atom, it has always seemed to me like that never put that much effort into it. Since its original release, there have been a few updates, but with marginal performance improvements and power consumption reduction. It seems like the Atom is the unwanted child in a family of Core i3s, i5s and i7s. Now with AMD finally getting into the market for high performance low powe CPUs, Intel will either have to innoveate, or watch their market share dwindle even more than it already has.

Tags: hardware, htpc, amd, e-350

Monday, February 28, 2011

How The E-350 Stacks Up

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 11:30 AM

http://techreport.com/articles.x/20401

"I'll admit it. We are about to commit a terrible crime against the holy writ of product segmentation. We're about to consider the merits of AMD's Brazos and Intel's Pine Trail—incredibly small, low-power, and inexpensive PC platforms—versus a whole range of full-grown desktop CPUs, a ridiculously unfair and inappropriate endeavor if ever there was one."

The results that Tech Report posts should definitely be taken with a grain of salt. It should be obvious to almost anyone that the AMD E-350 will not be able to really compete against the likes of the latest generation desktop processors; it was never designed to. It does show that AMD finally has something with which to compete against Intel with its Atom CPU. Paired with a stronger GPU, it also means that Intel has some challenges in front of it, and its relationship with NVidia has become much more important. Sure, Intel might think that higher powered GPU is overkill right now, but it definitely seems to becoming an increasingly important part of computing. Especially with GPGPU acceleration becoming much more commonplace.


Monday, January 31, 2011

Think Small. Think Brazos.

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4134/...ion-for-miniitx

"It wasn’t too long ago that we were shocked by $699 desktop PCs, but to now be able to get a fully functioning portable PC with display at below $300 is impressive. In order for the profit equation to work out however, you can’t simply scale down a larger chip - you need an architecture targeted specifically at the type of very light workloads you expect to encounter in these segments."

The Mini-ITX form factor has never really been given much love. When most people buy desktop computers, many tended to favor bigger, boxier sizes. Maybe it is the availability, upgradibility or price of the bigger brothers that make them more attractive, but Mini-ITX is still alive and well, and with advances in tech, still your likely best solution for that tiny HTPC you have been dreaming about.

So far though, it does not look like you will get any significant jump by going AMD, but any improvement is welcome. And HTPCs are not the only use for these wee boards. People have taken to trying to cram the Mini-ITX into as many creative spaces as possible from old clocks to power supply cases. Computers do not have to come in boring boxes!


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