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Which Atom Media Center PC?

the-ninth

Standard Member
After already posting this in the wrong forum, here a repost:

Hi,

I would like to build up a quiet Media Center PC based on the Atom CPU and the Nvidia Ion GPU to support Hardware Acceleration for video decoding.

Now I am looking for the right device. I have already seen the Acer Revo 3600 series and got the Asrock Ion 330 recommended here in the forum. Now I wanted to ask if there are any other alternatives that would be worth considering?

Biggest drawback of these two is for me that the Acer doesn't have a built-in drive at all and the Asrock only can take a DVD but not Blue-Ray. I know that I could extend them with an external drive but would prefer an internal one to keep my multimedia rack nice and clean.

Another feature that I would look for is HDMI-CEC support but as far as I know Nvidia does not support it yet. Is there any viable alternative that does?

And one last general question, does the Nvidia Ion support audio over the HDMI port or do I need to use separate audio cables?

Thanks for your support, regards, Robert
 

jensrow

Established Member
Biggest drawback of these two is for me that the Acer doesn't have a built-in drive at all and the Asrock only can take a DVD but not Blue-Ray.
You're not actually correct on that- the Asrock ION has a BD 330 blu ray version- £312 from Scan, though they are awaiting more stock- note the Asrock has no OS built in unlike the Acer Revo. Check out other ion based options here.

And one last general question, does the Nvidia Ion support audio over the HDMI port or do I need to use separate audio cables?
Yes:smashin:.
 

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