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April 12, 2011 7:24:32 PM

Greetings everyone and thanks for reading my post any advise will be greatly appreciated.

Two weeks ago I built a HTPC with the only intentions to play blue-ray movies stream Netflix and Hulu. The problem is that the E-350 is very choppy and unacceptable watching HD Netflix. The processor is running at 80 to 100%. It plays blue-rays perfect and has little problems with hulu. I had about $150.00 to spend on a motherboard/processor and looking at the offerings from Asus (E35M1-M PRO) seemed very attractive considering the power requirements and the new APU specs. I have 2 weeks to return the board back to newegg or should I decide to keep it. I have read where Silverlight does not utilize hardware GPU so its only relying on the processor itself. Does anyone have any ideas about how to get better performance out of the chip or should I return the APU/motherboard and go with something else. Please understand I have 150 to maybe 175 to spend on a different combo if that’s what I should do. Here is the setup Im using…
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model UH10LS20 LightScribe
ASUS E35M1-M PRO AMD Zacate E350 AMD Hudson M1 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard
HEC Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC Steel 7K09BBA30FNRX Micro ATX Media Center 300W Power Supply / HTPC Case


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April 12, 2011 11:18:18 PM

Silverlight v5 is supposed to add GPU acceleration. For now the CPU must do the lifting. You can try overclocking the CPU to 1.8GHz and see if that helps any.

Also, I ran across the following forum thread that gives a suggestion to manually set the DNS with some success, though I am skeptical if your CPU is really hitting 100%:

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1587042&highlight...

See posts #128 and #133 for the details.

Can you post back what your CPU usage is in task manager while you are playing HD netflix?
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April 14, 2011 7:09:06 AM

rwpritchett said:
Silverlight v5 is supposed to add GPU acceleration. For now the CPU must do the lifting. You can try overclocking the CPU to 1.8GHz and see if that helps any.

Also, I ran across the following forum thread that gives a suggestion to manually set the DNS with some success, though I am skeptical if your CPU is really hitting 100%:

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1587042&highlight...

See posts #128 and #133 for the details.

Can you post back what your CPU usage is in task manager while you are playing HD netflix?


Hey Thanks so much for the reply back i didnt take a screen shot but I did re-check the task manager and it was anywhere from 67% to 92% cpu usage using netflix in HD. I did double check on what you said about Silverlight 5 using the gpu support and you are correct, so in response to your information I believe the e-350 motherboard/processor is going to be a keeper. After microsoft fixes Silverlight I think the amd fusion processor is going to be a hard cpu to beat for a HTPC.

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April 14, 2011 7:09:24 AM

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August 3, 2011 4:04:37 AM

I have been looking into the same HD netflix playback issue for a while now. From what I have read with your setup a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... + http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... should suit your needs. I am having a similar delema as my goal is to go completely fanless with an mini itx board e-350 board with at least one mini PCIe card for the habey hardware decoder (Preferably two so I can either add wireless for taking the htpc on the road with wifi or adding a tuner card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) I know I can do both of these things though USB so if I could find a fanless E-350 board with only one mini PCIe socket I would be golden. I hope this helps you.

Greg

maxshadow said:
Greetings everyone and thanks for reading my post any advise will be greatly appreciated.

Two weeks ago I built a HTPC with the only intentions to play blue-ray movies stream Netflix and Hulu. The problem is that the E-350 is very choppy and unacceptable watching HD Netflix. The processor is running at 80 to 100%. It plays blue-rays perfect and has little problems with hulu. I had about $150.00 to spend on a motherboard/processor and looking at the offerings from Asus (E35M1-M PRO) seemed very attractive considering the power requirements and the new APU specs. I have 2 weeks to return the board back to newegg or should I decide to keep it. I have read where Silverlight does not utilize hardware GPU so its only relying on the processor itself. Does anyone have any ideas about how to get better performance out of the chip or should I return the APU/motherboard and go with something else. Please understand I have 150 to maybe 175 to spend on a different combo if that’s what I should do. Here is the setup Im using…
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model UH10LS20 LightScribe
ASUS E35M1-M PRO AMD Zacate E350 AMD Hudson M1 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard
HEC Black 0.7mm Thickness SECC Steel 7K09BBA30FNRX Micro ATX Media Center 300W Power Supply / HTPC Case


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