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Your Very First HTPC? But Where do You Start?
On an AMD A8-3850 build is there any reason to chose ASRock A75 PRO4-M over ASRock A75M ?
I am will be using using the Silverstone GD05B case if I get the Asrock remote will I be able to power the PC on and off? I have read some reports of problems with the front USB ports on this case.
Thanks for any help.
steved1961
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@steve-

A8-3850+A75M+GD05B= great HTPC. I don't see very much different other than A75M is $5 cheaper and it seems to have better bios. With proper bios and CIR header configuration, you should be able to power ON/OFF HTPC......
>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
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Thanks. I will order tonight.
steved1961
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Anyone know why the cpu benchmark for the a8-3850 now shows 4048?

I understand (or at least assume) that it is due to a larger sample size, but that's a pretty big difference between the 5603 mark just a few weeks ago when I bought it, no?

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(2012-04-11, 00:56)devlboy Wrote: Anyone know why the cpu benchmark for the a8-3850 now shows 4048?

I understand (or at least assume) that it is due to a larger sample size, but that's a pretty big difference between the 5603 mark just a few weeks ago when I bought it, no?
I wouldn't worry too much about benchmark. As long as it meet your needs, you'll be fine......

>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
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(2012-04-11, 00:56)devlboy Wrote: Anyone know why the cpu benchmark for the a8-3850 now shows 4048?

I understand (or at least assume) that it is due to a larger sample size, but that's a pretty big difference between the 5603 mark just a few weeks ago when I bought it, no?

Are you gaming? if not a A6-3500 even that one can game too...
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yeah, A8-3850 is overkill if u plan xbmc only.
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@eskro

1)
Can I suggest adding ZBOX-ID80-U to group 7?
It seems a perfect solution with NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M (512MB).

2)
Can you advise how it will differ from ZBOX-ID82-U which has faster CPU but seems weaker with Intel HD Graphics 3000?

(my intention is to build a box for W7/XBMC/bitstreaming/3D)
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(2012-04-17, 13:32)Rrrr Wrote: @eskro

1)
Can I suggest adding ZBOX-ID80-U to group 7?
It seems a perfect solution with NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M (512MB).

2)
Can you advise how it will differ from ZBOX-ID82-U which has faster CPU but seems weaker with Intel HD Graphics 3000?

(my intention is to build a box for W7/XBMC/bitstreaming/3D)
The i3 will trumps Atom......the HD3000 is capable of playback everything including bitstreaming, but you need to confirm it with Zotac. Zotac board/firmware might not allow it......

>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
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@Rrrr: a user here said ZOTAC tech support told him that zbox's dont support Bitsreaming HD-Audio.
maybe u can send them a question too about it!
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(2012-04-17, 16:28)bluray Wrote:
(2012-04-17, 13:32)Rrrr Wrote: @eskro

1)
Can I suggest adding ZBOX-ID80-U to group 7?
It seems a perfect solution with NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M (512MB).

2)
Can you advise how it will differ from ZBOX-ID82-U which has faster CPU but seems weaker with Intel HD Graphics 3000?

(my intention is to build a box for W7/XBMC/bitstreaming/3D)
The i3 will trumps Atom......the HD3000 is capable of playback everything including bitstreaming, but you need to confirm it with Zotac. Zotac board/firmware might not allow it......

and what about 24p playback with hd3000?does this issue is resolved to you with the updated it drivers from intel?
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no its not fully resolved.
on a recent review, INTEL confirmed they failed to fixed this issue even on soon to be Ivy Bridge.
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(2012-04-17, 18:58)naxiand Wrote:
(2012-04-17, 16:28)bluray Wrote:
(2012-04-17, 13:32)Rrrr Wrote: @eskro

1)
Can I suggest adding ZBOX-ID80-U to group 7?
It seems a perfect solution with NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M (512MB).

2)
Can you advise how it will differ from ZBOX-ID82-U which has faster CPU but seems weaker with Intel HD Graphics 3000?

(my intention is to build a box for W7/XBMC/bitstreaming/3D)
The i3 will trumps Atom......the HD3000 is capable of playback everything including bitstreaming, but you need to confirm it with Zotac. Zotac board/firmware might not allow it......

and what about 24p playback with hd3000?does this issue is resolved to you with the updated it drivers from intel?
It's not a problem with XBMC. You can simply disable "Use a fullscreen window rather than true fullscreen" and 24p playback should be fine.....

>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
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http://www.anandtech.com/show/4142/intel...ins-recall

Quote:In our Sandy Bridge review I pointed out that Intel was unfortunately very conservative in one area of the platform: its chipset. Although the 6-series chipset finally brought native 6Gbps SATA to Intel platforms it failed to fix issues with 23.976 fps video playback.
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so you are saying that the intel hardware problem,is solved with xbmc software?
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