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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Silverstone GD05B is another very good product that fits the classic HTPC case design. It has been made of elegant classic brushed aluminium and plastic. It will fit to all your current Home Theatre segment as it is similar in size with other receivers that may be found on the market. On front of this case you will find a place for 5.25 device like DVD or Blu-ray drive, two buttons to power it up and reset, 2 usb ports and 2 audio ports. It is simple and great looking case to fit your Mini-ITX or even Micro-ATX motherboard!
“Brazos” platform has been released by AMD and is quite powerful. Two chipsets included in it are E-350 and Hudson M1 FCH. These are actually APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), a term being used by AMD instead of CPU.
These new APUs are quite powerful as well as work on low-power. Various models are known as C-30, C-50, E-240 and E-350. These names are kept “short” and there is no “suffix” or prefix with these names. These new APUs comes with the whole chipset, so if you want to upgrade, buying the whole chipset would be a must.
IBASE technology has introduced a “super” signage player that is powered by the G-Series Fusion APU (by AMD) and has excellent HD6310 graphics. The exact model of the device is SI-18. According to IBASE up till now, it is the world’s smallest x86 digital signage player.
If you ever want to create a home theatre PC (also known as HTPC) then one of the hardest thing to choose is its case. This case should look like an A/V unit so that your PC actually shows that it is a small home theatre unit. There were various problems with finding these cases, either they are too much in weight, or doesn’t suit a persons likes and needs, so finding and purchasing a case is probably the toughest part.
It looks that Mini-ITX format is getting more popular with every day. As there are a lot of new reviews popping up in the net I have decided to inform about them in accumulated posts. This time I have for you two reviews of Mini-ITX motherboards: MSI E350IA-E45 and Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 (that is already available on Amazon).
It looks that soon we may expect a lot of great mini motherboards designed mostly to work as the HTPC base. MSI want to join the others and is going to release their ne E350IA-E45 mini-ITX motherboard soon. If anyone do not know the new AMD APU yet – it is ideal for building the mini htpc media center. E350 APU that will be on this board has 1.6Ghz dual-core processor that has a DirectX11 GPU. Such motherboard will allow for smooth Full HD video playback with low power consumption.
It looks that there is more and more great Intel Sandy Bridge powered Mini-ITX motherboards on the market. Moreover there are still more and more great and complete reviews about those mini motherboard on the net. And as most of my loyal readers already know I would not miss any great review and would not leave such one without my comment. So are you still looking for mini-itx motherboard that would be enough good for your HTPC Media Center setup? Thanks to tbreak technology blog you may learn a lot more about two of them – Zotac H67-ITX and ECS H67H2-I!
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?
You may be very surprised by this post but it is not just a “catchy title”. It looks that Gigabyte has created a mini over clocking monster. On the first look this mini motherboard is not looking better than most of other Mini-ITX form factor boards but the first impression is very misleading. Gigabyte H55N-USB3 is very powerful at it has been proved by Ross in his great very detailed article. He has proved that popular assumption that Mini-ITX don’t overclock well is fake!