HTPC Upgrade: Intel or AMD-Which way to go? | Page 3

Discussion in 'Mainboards / CPU / RAM' started by 1gkar, August 13, 2013.

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    Do you mean AMD Kabini/Temash and Intels Haswell i3 ?

    In my opinion the Kabini Platform seems to be very interesting.
    An 4 Core with up to 2,0 Ghz CPU-part combinined with an known reliable graphics unit and a TDP of 25W is made for Multimedia using.
    The big questions are, when will ASUS, Gigabyte etc. will show any consumer mainboards, what features will they have and what will they cost.


    Beside of the flawless playback of 24p and C7 state, I don't see any advantage over Sandy and Ivy.


     
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    Yes AMD Kabini

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    AMD A4-5000 & A6-5200 looks really nice for powerful SFF HTPC

    The 35W intels look good for HTPCs too.

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    Maybe you mean an i3-4330T? It has 35W TDP.
    Will probably cost over 150,- USD on release.
     
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    Yeah probably was that one. Have to Take the TDP with a grain of salt, because most of the time the chip will be idling and a 65W chip might idle at almost the same wattage. Also faster CPUs take less time to reach their idle state :)

    The AMD is the exciting chip, because their old low wattage SFF CPUs eg. E350/E450 were too slow to make a good HTPC, but these look like they will make amazing SFF HTPCs.
     
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    It's going to depend on how good the GPU's are - note they only have 128 Radeon cores (less than a HD6450, and running at a slower clock rate, but with a wider memory interface so it's probably a close run thing).
     
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    Just built a haswell HTPC and would not recommend it if using HDMI with AVR due to audio issues
     
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    I'm wondering if Kabini desktop boards will ever arrive, they were shown at Computex in June with availability cited as being 6-8 weeks away, yet here we are 4 months later and there's nothing in stores.

    In the mean time Intel released the Celeron 847 platform which is a very close match for the mythical Kabini, power consumption wise but has weaker video and memory, it probably sits in between an A4-5000 and the old E-350 from roughly transposing the benchmarks I've seen. I know we're about to get a new round of low power chips from Intel so this is a stop gap and I'd only consider it if my system wasn't working...

    ...for now I continue to wait for Kabini to appear but maybe AMD killed it on the desktop and we wait for Kaveri instead?
     
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    "Sits between A4-5000 and E-350" doesn't sound good enough.
     
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    Hard to say, people got the E-350 running smoothly and the 847 looks like it has better video performance even if it's not as good as a Kabini might be.

    There's only a couple of reviews and this one isn't comprehensive, like I say, I wouldn't consider it unless I had to buy a low power system today without waiting for the upcoming wares.

    http://www.hartware.de/review_1587_9.html
     
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    I reckon that people have different definitions of 'smooth' , i reckon the e-350 is too underpowered to recommend for MP, the A4-5000 is probably close to the bottom end, if not at the bottom end of the 'fast enough' list to be recommended.
     
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