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Old 8th Sep 2010, 09:45   #1
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VIA Artigo A1100 Pico-ITX Kit Review

A tiny Pico-ITX barebone kit for a fuss-free tiny PC, but what about the performance?

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/pcs...x-kit-review/1
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Old 8th Sep 2010, 10:51   #2
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Can't wait for the quad core version tbh!
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I would love one of these paired with a 1tb laptop drive to replace my aging SABnzbd+ box. Oh well, you can but dream.
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no vlc???????
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no vlc???????
No video acceleration, so it would be running entirely on the CPU, meaning it would lag slower than a snail in treacle.

I've never understood VIA's driver policies - their EPIA boards were capable of DVD video acceleration, but this was never included in the Windows drivers and so was only available on Linux.

Now, they produce a board that is potentially capable of H.264 acceleration, but limit the drivers to only working with WMP.

I don't understand it, it's like they don't really want their products to succeed...
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I wonder how it does under linux. I had half a mind to get one of these as a linux media centre a while ago.
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Hmm, even though 1080p video playback would be nice, I'm thinking this could be a viable candidate for my Fallout mod.

I was looking a previous ARTiGO setup, however this is a more robust barebone kit.
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no vlc???????
No video acceleration, so it would be running entirely on the CPU, meaning it would lag slower than a snail in treacle.

I've never understood VIA's driver policies - their EPIA boards were capable of DVD video acceleration, but this was never included in the Windows drivers and so was only available on Linux.

Now, they produce a board that is potentially capable of H.264 acceleration, but limit the drivers to only working with WMP.

I don't understand it, it's like they don't really want their products to succeed...
Keep in mind VIA is really popular in asia, and from what I noticed, most countries that don't mostly speak english tend to favor linux. I live in america and I'm one of the only people I know who uses Linux as a main OS.

Based on what I've seen for hardware specs, the Artigo is pretty good but terrible for Vista or Win7, but its fine for XP and sufficient for even the heaviest Linux distributions. I would not recommend Xubuntu though, thats a piece of crap distribution that completely fails at everything its supposed to do.



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A Bicycle is seriously underpowered for Motorway use...
Couldn't have worded it better
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You mentioned a mini USB port for connecting it to another computer, what is that for? Using it as an external drive?

edit: The manual isn't all that helpful: "The ARTiGO-A1100 provides a USB device port in the front panel for quick data transfer to another computer"
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