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HTPC Mini-ITX boards recommendations

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Skunkpipe, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. Skunkpipe

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    Anyone had any experience of building a HTPC using a mini-ITX board?

    I have a few boards I'm looking at, but before I commit I was wondering if there are any boards to consider / avoid?

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  2. northernmunki

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    Via do a good choice however im not sure they will be up to the job of a full blown HTPC, maybe im wrong?? The latest they have is a 1.3GHz but isn't fanless. http://www.viavpsd.com I have a fanless ME6000 (600MHz) but im upgrading to mini ATX so I can run a Pentium M with XP MCE 2005. http://www.aopen.nl/products/mb/i915GMm-HFS.htm

    Also spotted these the other day http://www.ibase-europe.com/products/mini_itx/mini_itx.htm the 890 supports Pentium M which use about 25W of power not like a P4 which is about 150W. Pentium M seems the only sensible way to go for HTPC. Quiet, efficient and out perform a P4. http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20050525/pentium4-01.html
     
  3. Skunkpipe

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    Thanks - I was looking at the EPIA M series - my main concern is processing power. I'm currently putting together a product based around the Aopen i915 board, but am looking to produce something smaller still.
    The 890 board looks *very* interesting - I've mailed ibase for price and availability information and if cheap enough might be bying a couple
     
  4. Maff et1

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    The epia boards have hardware MPEG acceleration - so processing power isn't so important. Even my 600Mhz Epia will playback a video stream (and this is while acting as my email and P2P server), the top end C3's are fine (with hardware analog capture or DVB-T cards)

    Several manufactures make Via C3 based media centres, for example here is a review of a tranquil http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/70410/tranquil-t2esp13000.html - you can also get cases that replace the cooling fan on the processor with a heat pipe to the case - so the entire case acts as the heat sink, tranquil also do a pentium M version.

    A good place to start looking is www.mini-itx.com - I bought mine from there, good service.

    If you want to go seriously small have a look at http://www.bvm-store.com - mainboards down to 3.5 inch format - no good for the HTPC but as a playback front end... ...i'm tempted for one of these and 2 or even 4 hard disks to make a NAS
     
  5. northernmunki

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    What software are you using for this playback and how do you choose to use the on-board accelerator?
     
  6. Maff et1

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    It's installed as part of the direct X hardware acceleration for the graphics drivers. Aslong as your playback software uses direct X and enables hardware acceleration it should use it.
     

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