Zotac HD-ND22 (~£163) perhaps? It's a barebones PC (just add RAM, HDD & OS) and can be easily mounted on the back of a monitor/LCD with the included VESA mount. It has an Intel Celeron SU2300 dual core CULV processor (making it a lot faster than any Atom-based PC) and nVidia ION graphics - which means it can handle 1080p videos with ease thanks to the GPU.
Linux User: http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/reviews/z...d-nd22-review/
MPEG-2, H.264 or VC-1 formats will be accelerated by the Radeon HD 5450. Everything else will be processed by the CPU.
Core i5-661). Playing a 1080p H.264 video clip on the latter uses very little processor power (around 10%).
The Intel CPUs have generally a couple of per cent lower CPU usage than the Nvidia on average, but there's not a huge difference at all, and between the two Intel CPUs they are very similar. Remember the Core i5-661 has a higher clock than the Core i3-530, meaning there's more processing power available so this means the overall average will be lower. All the systems produced a very smooth 1080p h.264 playback, though.
Intel's newest integrated graphics chip has an advanced feature-set especially if you're interested in high quality video playback. Its power consumption should be lower when playing back Blu-ray content, given the extra performance its latest products offer, however it's a only couple of watts away from its rivals, which when you factor in that big HDTV and surround sound amp is arguably not significant.
If you're serious about your movie watching you'll be more pleased that the HD-audio passthrough now works, you can get your picture-in-picture and deep colour resolutions, and when you're not using it, the idle power use of the Core i5-661 and Core i3-530 is very low. (Source)
dhicks (28th November 2010)
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