Jun 05 2012

News - AnandTech - Llano HTPC Builder's Guide


Trinity is just around the corner, but there's no reason not to take a look at its aging sibling Llano with a builder's guide for HTPC since most of it should carry over to the new platform. All told, it looks like they did a pretty solid job with it except for the cases, where there is a serious lack of anything slim, sleek or CEesqe - which for me is the whole point behind lusting after low-TDP IPG/APU.

AMD's Llano lineup includes a range of processors with TDP ranging from 65 to 100W. Note that simple playback tasks are going to be quite power-efficient, thanks to integrated hardware decoding. The high TDPs shouldn't put one off. There are plenty of FM1 socket motherboards based on the A55 / A75 FCHs (Fusion Controller Hubs). The choice of the Llano APU, motherboard form factor and other components should be made depending on the desired usage scenario. In the next few sections, we will take a look at the choices available.


Oct 26 2011

News - ASUS E35M1-M Pro Reviewed

I've mentioned before that, for whatever reason, the recent launch of the AMD E-350 Zacate chips did not excite me as much as the E-300 launch did. Perhaps it was the release of the 35W Core i3 processors or the Celeron G500 processors that put a damper on the diminutive Fusion chips. That being said, ASUS has put together a very attractive option here. With a street price around $120 and a plethora of SATA 6Gps ports and expansion slots, I could see this fitting quite nicely into an HTPC server machine, not to mention the silent PC build possibilities.

ASUS E35M1-M Pro

Whilst CPU or GPU intensive tasks are out of the question with a Fusion based system, Fusion boards do have their own advantages such as ultra low power consumption devices, which allow the APU to be passively cooled for a truly silent PC. The optional supplied micro-fan does not add much noise into the equation for low usage, but each end user may or may not want the noise in the background.


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