well, i guess it's time to ask.....
kline at thought.org
Thu Aug 19 20:34:27 UTC 2010
On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 09:01:56PM -0700, Charlie Kester wrote:
> On Wed 18 Aug 2010 at 20:16:51 PDT Depo Catcher wrote:
> >On 8/18/2010 8:10 PM, Gary Kline wrote:
> >>'ve hesitated. on my 3.0gh thinkpad, streams fly
> >>flawlessly. So if i buy one of the notebooks with a
> >Stream what kind of movies? Some video players (like VLC) have
> >hardware acceleration that will help a lot if your video card/driver
> >supports it.
> >Things like Flash based movies might be kind of iffy though since
> >they can't take advantage of the video hardware [?]. Once you start
> >moving up to high def video you might have some problems, but know a
> >lot of Home Theater guys that use Atoms for media centers:
> >My gfs Atom 330 plays videos in VLC fine and flash fine, but full
> >screen flash drops frames. This is under WinXP.
> >The new D510 CPU are faster in benchmarks; it has dual cores with
> But be aware that the Xorg intel driver in the current portstree does
> NOT support the graphics controller built into the D510 and other
> Pineview Atoms. The vesa driver works, but doesn't take advantage of
> AGP or other graphics niftiness.
> I have one of these myself, and can confirm that downloaded videos play
> acceptably well, despite using vesa. I can't speak to streaming video
> performance, however, since I don't use Flash and usually don't watch
> online videos.
> I've seen reviews of the D510 that say HD video performance is sub-par
> even on operating systems with drivers that fully support the graphics
> >If you wait a few months, the new D525 CPUs should be out in consumer
> >computers - these are 1.8Ghz (instead of 1.6Ghz) and support DDR3
> >(instead of DDR2). That might help a bit. Both are limited to 4 gigs.
> >So, I would bet that 90% of the time it'll be enough if you have a
> >good video card with good drivers. I'm not an expert on them though, I
> >think they are neat though.
> There are Atom-based systems available with Nvidia graphics. Gary might
> want to consider one of those, although it probably won't be as dirt
> cheap or as low-wattage as a Pineview system. (I have no experience
> with them myself.)
jeez, and to think i was a =hardware= major. hm. is there a
website than can explain the pros/cons?
a friend is helping me move from 5 tower cases to two. money is
always a concern, but saving watts is more important.
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