View Full Version : [SOLVED] Intel Atom with NVIDIA Ion: Dual core required?
April 22nd, 2010, 01:47 PM
I'm looking for a small, cheap frontend to play SD and HD content on my 32" 720P LCD, streaming via gigabit ethernet from my backend. If I'm using VDPAU do I need a dual-core processor or can I use a single core?
Systems I'm considering:
Single core: Acer AR1600 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883103228)
Dual core: Acer AR3610 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883103235)
April 22nd, 2010, 02:02 PM
If you search the posts you will find that some people are using a single core but most are using the dual for a frontend with vdpau. The only other consideration would be if you intend to watch any videos on the internet ie Hulu. This requires flash which will not work well currently with a atom processor. Although there is a 32 bit beta version of flash that maybe overcome this issue. Someone else will need to comment.
April 22nd, 2010, 02:14 PM
Single core will be fine for 720p content. 1080p would probably work well too depending on the bitrate, but hulu might be iffy. You can't beat that price though.
The dual core would be the safer bet and should handle modest user jobs like commflagging. Plus it comes with an extra gig of ram and win7 64-bit premium, if you ever plan on using it/need it for any dx11 games.
April 22nd, 2010, 02:15 PM
I have a single core in my acer revo and it blows for flash video, but everything else works perfectly. If flash is not an issue, save the money and get a single core.
The chap above has given me a tip to improve the flash playback which I will be testing soon though.
April 23rd, 2010, 12:38 PM
Thanks for the Hulu tip, I'd never added that to my frontends until last night, one works great (dual-core 2.4ghz in my MAME cabinet), another one sucks (P4 2.4ghz single core hooked to my living room TV). I ordered the 3610, so least my GF won't hog my 47" when she wants to watch The Bachelor...
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