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Radeon Xpress 200 Motherboard for HTPC ?

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by MikeyUC, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. MikeyUC

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    I am planning on building an HTPC in the near future and was thinking of using the Radeon Xpress 200 chipset as its basis.

    http://www.ati.com/products/radeonxpress200/specs.html

    I thought it might be quite a cheap way of building an HTPC, as it has built in graphics (based on the Radeon x300) DVI output, and could accept a £45 Semperon CPU, with the idea of upgrading to an Athlon 64 in the future.

    I have only seen one company selling this board at the moment,

    http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?sku=305577&cks=PRL

    Although I heard it should be more generally available in March.

    Any thoughts on this boards suitability for use in an HTPC ?

    Thanks for any help.
     
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    Looks like a nice board except for one thing .. there's no DVI connector and IMHO that's a basic requirement of an HTPC these days when an increasing number of projectors, TVs etc. are coming with DVI or HDMI connections.

    That aside, the board looks pretty interesting and nicelt priced, and Komplett have a pretty good reputation as far as I can see so they'd be a safe place to buy from.
     
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    You're right. :)

    I was going by the 'specs' on Komplett's product page which doesn't mention DVI .. ATI's product description does show it having one.

    In that case I think the board looks an interesting proposition, not least for the reason you cite, the ability to start with a cheapo CPU and update later on, assuming you've taken that into account with memory selection. ;)
     

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