Re: Advice on system purchase
On 10/29/2012 2:51 AM, Andrei POPESCU wrote:
On Du, 28 oct 12, 22:09:01, Mark Allums wrote:
Ah, I misunderstood your requirements quite a bit. i3 is adequate
for media center work. Some Atoms are fine for decoding 1080p, but
it's better to rely on dedicated hardware.
Do you know for sure (i.e. first hand experience) they can do it?
Hardware decoding needs proper software support as well and I'm not fond
of compiling VCS snapshots to get it. If the hardware decoding works,
fine, but I wouldn't rely on it... yet.
I'll have to look for an Atom that can match my Dual Core.
I read an article. However it was a very specific thing. Only a couple
of model nos. were qualified. I'm afraid I can't recall the source of
the article. I am not keen on Atoms for desktops or media centers,
because the choice of hardware, e.g., motherboards, are very limited.
Most of the Atoms go into low end netbooks and the like, and even if you
find anything, the saving in Euros will not be worth the trade off in
power, in my opinion.
(If you will allow me some weasel room, well, my opinion is strictly
limited to reading tech blogs and online articles, and may be out of
date, so you should continue to search. If I come across anything
interesting in the near future, I will post a link on the list.)
However there are lower end Intel parts, like the Pentium or the
Celeron, that may suit your needs. I like the Core parts, but my needs
are often a bit more strenuous.
At any rate, relying on the GPUs of Ivy Bridge i3s would be fine, decent
drivers combined with good media codecs will take care of 1080p with
lots of CPU cycles left for the UI, with some web browsing thrown in for
good measure. No special hardware beyond the CPU+GPU itself.
Many would tell you to look at AMD, since they have a lot of choices in
the lower end and midrange, and their integrated GPUs are very good.
However, my experience has been that AMD machines have more stability
problems, and people tend to end up frustrated more often.
I hope I'm not offering too many generalities, and not enough specifics.
I tend to pay more attention around the time that I myself am planning
a purchase. I haven't cost-ed and spec'd a machine for production in
years, and my personal machines are a few years old as well, so I
haven't been preternaturally alert to these things. I take a
desktop/workstation perspective these days, so setting up a server is
not something I've thought much about lately.