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Building Cheap AMD Fusion HTPC

Today I have found an interesting post about making your own AMD Fusion Home Theatre PC. It would be quite interesting if not one thing. They have proposed building an AMD Fusion powered Media Center for “ONLY” $775 (article is here)! What…? Are they building some super duper gaming computer or what? After further reading I could not believe as they have been trying to build the cheapest possible setup. They have even chosen parts that are not expensive comparing to others on the market – but their prices were really high!

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The ideal HTPC board?

SemiAccurate has posted interesting news about Gigabyte H67 mini-ITX . Exact mini motherboard model is GA-H67N-USB3. It has the heatsink of the same style as other H67 and P67 boards. So what is so special in this motherboard? It sports twin HDMI ports! What for? I am really not sure… but I am sure it may have a lot of great usage scenarios – like displaying HTPC interface and some previews on on TV and the rest of the interface on another one… Would be cool – what do you think?

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New ZOTAC ION ITX-E & ITX-G Synergy Edition

ZOTAC ION ITX-E Synergy EditionZOTAC have announced a new ION ITX (more about ION ITX series here) motherboards from Synergy Edition. This motherboards just as previous in this series are capable to play full HD 1080p Blu-ray video thanks to NVIDIA® ION™ technology. ZOTAC ION ITX-E Series is powered by single-core Intel® Atom™ 230 while the ION ITX-G Series have the dual-core Intel® Atom™ 330 processor – both clocked at 1.6 GHz.

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Mini-ITX multimedia power house by VIA

VIAVIA VB8003 – Mini-ITX Nano Board. I have been writing about this awesome mini motherboard already (right here), but there is much more information available today.

Here is a quick look:

VIA VB8003 1

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Asus AT3N7A-I as the best choice for your Full HD Mini HTPC?


I have published an article about this great motherboard before (right here), but I believe that this awesome piece of hardware deserves to be described in much more details. I believe that this is most powerful Mini-ITX motherboard with such functionality. You probably will ask in this place “Why do I think so??? There is quite a few motherboards with similar CPU…”.

Yea… there is… But this board have something more! It have an integrated ION platform! It is a solution you really want to have included on your mini htpc! Thanks to ION your computer will be able to decode and play a real Full HD movies without any CPU usage!
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Asus have presented a new motherboard made in the Mini-ITX format and equipped with dual-core Intel Atom processor and Nvidia GeForce graphics 9400 (ION). This product is made for customers who want to build small and efficient HTPC (Home Theater PC) platform.

Taiwanese manufacturer have introduced this motherboard in a Mini-ITX standard based on nVidia ION platform (ION is able to easily play a Full HD moves at 1080p!). AT3N7A-I features a dual-core Intel Atom 330 with 1.6 GHz timing, Dual DDR2-800 memory, three SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, and integrated GeForce 9400 graphics with support for DirectX 10, one PCI slot, gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channel surround sound support, support for Bluetooth, eSATA port and D-Sub and HDMI connectors.



Motherboard available at Amazon: Asus AT3N7A-I


NVIDIA PureVideoZOTAC International have presented a new platform ZOTAC ION with the new NVIDIA GPU ION that ensures optimal performance in games and applications compatible with DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1, NVIDIA CUDA and PhysX.

ION graphics processor is great solution for Windows Vista and Windows 7, Linux and multimedia playing (smooth Full HD movies in 1080p!). ZOTAC ION motherboards are equipped with single (ION ITX B with passive coolong – no fan!) or dual-core (ION ITX A) Atom processors. Single-core N230 Atom processor provides sufficient performance in everyday applications, while dual-core Atom processor N330 is available for more demanding users.

HDMI output supports 7.1-channel digital audio, giving the highest quality and fidelity audio playback in movies in Dolby Digital True HD and DTS-HD. Integrated HDCP allows you to playback protected video content. In addition, DVI and VGA outputs are supporting multiple displays.

General information:

  • Playing movies in Full 1080p HD (IONITX A and B!)
  • Compatible with Windows Vista Premium and ready for Windows 7
  • mGPU Nvidia ION
  • 16 stream processors
  • Integrated Intel Atom N230 (single-core witg passive cooling – totally silent without fan!) or Atom N330 (Dual Core)
  • HDMI (with 7.1-channel audio), DVI and VGA
  • 2x DDR2 DIMM
  • Supports DDR2-667/800
  • Supports up to 4GB of DDR2 memory
  • Integrated DC-DC power adapter (optional)
  • The included external power supply 19V AC / DC (optional)
  • Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11n WiFi module (optional)
  • Mini PCI Express (optional)
  • Compatibility with Microsoft DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1
  • Supports NVIDIA CUDA and PhysX
  • Compatibility with NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology
  • Expanded 5-year warrant




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