It better be dirt cheap for the specs that I see up there! This stuff ain't for me at all,infact I think it's kind of a waste. You can buy other Asus micro motherboards & stick in your choice of a processor,ram & you'll be right.
Wish I Was WealthyIt better be dirt cheap for the specs that I see up there! This stuff ain't for me at all,infact I think it's kind of a waste. You can buy other Asus micro motherboards & stick in your choice of a processor,ram & you'll be right.
I would hope so. It needs to compete with Atom and right now Atom is way cheaper than Bobcat, some setups start at $70 bucks.
But none the less, its a nice little setup and would be better than my current HTPC (Athlon X2 500)) apart from my GPU which is a HD5450.
The AMD-E450 is a pretty killer chip for things using the microATX form factor (HTPC / shuttles).
@burnley14, Yes, it does not look like you are going to be able to get that heatsink off and replace the APU with a chip of your own.
Just a ramble, but tying the CPU to this board allows them to do some pretty extensive testing for just a single combination of cpu/mobo, possibly allowing better integration and cheaper costs. Kind of what like Apple does.
fyendShould this be an E-355 .. it's barely faster than the E-350
Actually on the GPU front it is significantly more powerful than the E350. For an inexpensive, silent, low-power HTPC this thing is great, beats the stuffing out of an Atom solution. Now if you have lots of money to throw at an HTPC or don't mind a little noise, of course you can do better. It all depends on what you're looking for.
@alextheblue: Well, I'm currently building a no holds barred HTPC using Core i5 2405S and a Z68 mobo. It does get expensive. I'm already over $1000, but this includes OS and peripherals (Gyration Air Mouse for $70 for example). And yes - Blu-Ray burner and an SSD are in there too... It doesn't currently include a discrete graphics card, but the Z68 with Virtu guarantees compatibility for a future upgrade.
ASRock should already have their socket FM1 ITX boards out already. They released in the EU before the US. Look for the ASRock A75M-ITX ($95 US). So if ASUS prices this setup over $200, they fail. You can get the ASRock ITX board, and a A6-3500 ($100 US) for just under $200. You can get the ASUS mATX reference board for $95 as well (same layout as the E45M1-M above).