We just bought 3 of these babies for our community room:
Asrock NetTop ION 330 @ £209
CPU - Intel® Atom™ 330 (Dual-Core CPU)
Chipset - NVIDIA® ION™ graphics processor
Memory - 2GB DDR2 800 MHz memory, support dual channel, maximum memory capacity 4GB
VGA - NVIDIA® ION™ graphics, support DX10 / Full HD 1080p
HDD - 2.5” HDD 320GB
DVD - DVD Super Multi (Slim type)
I/O - 1 x HDMI (with HDMI to DVI adapter), 1 x D-Sub VGA, 6 x USB 2.0, 1 x S/PDIF (Optical)
LAN - Gigabit LAN
Sound - HD Audio 5.1 channel
System Acoustic - Below 26dB
Dimension - 195mm (W) x 70mm (H) x 186mm (L)
Weight - 1.7Kg
Still yet to try them but i'll let you guys know what they're like
The atom CPU is comparable to a Pentium M - a processor from 2003. Any Pentium 4 will smash an atom! So those that are looking to replacing there P4 machines in the hope that they will be as fast will be disappointed.
That aside the appealing thing about these Revo's are their size and tiny power consumption.
What helps the Revo is the Nvidia ION graphics which is able to do [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CUDA"]CUDA[/ame] a technology that uses the graphics processor to take the pressure off the atom CPU. Because of this the Revo is able to do full HD 1080p playback, something which the Atom CPU alone would never be able to handle.
Flash also now supports the ION chipset meaning the Revo will be able to handle flash content better.
I am eying up a Revo to be used at home for a media PC running XBMC. I keep swaying between the dual core and single core versions of the Revo. Just can't make up my mind! I would want to dual boot into Windows 7, which I think could do with having dual core. It is said that there is a 20% increase in performance with the R3610 dual core but is about £60 more.. having 2GB of the instead of 1GB would also be handy.
Last edited by SteveR; 24th February 2010 at 12:53 PM.
I'd stay stick with the dual core as 2 is always better than one and 2GB of RAM is a minimum must for W7.
I am hopefully getting an evaluation unit soon and if all good will order 25 of the R3610's for a new Suite.
I've got a room full of Acer Revo 3610s. These are the dual core Revos with 4gb of RAM. They are all running Windows 7 Pro, and for the applications we are running, speed is simply not an issue. These machines are mainly used for office 2007 and web browsing, although we also do some basic video editing on them and run plenty of primary multimedia applications.
It is remarkable to be in the room when all 40 are turned on as it is almost silent. Unless you are running some seriously processor intensive software, I would highly recommend these small computers.
Last edited by mwnci; 24th February 2010 at 04:34 PM.
we've started putting some veriton n260's in admin offices as replacements for some really old computers. In fact i have two being set up in the office right now.
We've been really impressed with them. We first bought one to test and had it set up next to a dell that had 3 GB ram and core 2 duo. The difference was barely noticeable for things like office and SIMS which is all most of our admin staff need. It couldn't handle youtube HD very well which i suppose is good as they shouldn't be on you tube anyway.
Staff are pleased with them too, no complaints at all so far. They love that it sits on the back of the monitor.
think we paid about £230 ex vat without a monitor. This was with acers dual load which allows you to restore the computer to XP or windows 7 and comes with both licenses.
As with most acer's there's lots of junk to uninstall.
The A/C also provides the heating which has been necessary recently. Not much cooling needed - in the summer I should easily manage by opening the roof light. I'm trying to make the suite use as little power as possible. I am using LED monitors which also cut the electricity consumption. In terms of flash video, I had a few kids watching iplayer the other day during a lunchtime club and it just worked - in full screen. No problem at all.
The machines are currently running 32 bit, but I'm currently building a 64 bit image which I'll be rolling out soon. Using WDS and waik for the imaging. I would prefer to use fog, but the current version won't join windows 7 machines to the domain.
The monitors are great, and I must say this has got to be one of the best deals I've seen in a while. I paid a bit more than this:
BenQ G922HDL 18.5 DVI LED Monitor - Misco.co.uk
Hold on - those are the monitors I've got! Not the original one I posted - thought the price seemed good!
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