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just because opensource? why not buy an amd card and enjoy an real good opensource driver?
I've been waiting for SB b/c of Anand's tests that showed the 12EU version beating the low end discrete chips in almost all instances and being competitive with a few of the next level up cards. In my experience (with Nvidia and Intel), Intel has been the only one to provide a tear-free desktop (though not with regards to video on my 945m) without resorting to OGL. I'm going to buy an SB chip (specifically a socket 1156 xeon when it is released) b/c the graphics have been good and I don't have this ridiculous instability that is partly caused by, IMHO, Nvidia's driver. I will buy AMD cards and look forward to Bulldozer and Fusion in general, but I want the gallium drivers to be in better shape and the state trackers be available for off-loading some of the video playback (cpu is simply not fast enough on high bitrate even with threading).
Please add an article on HTPC use w/ Sandy Bridge on Linux
I'm more interested in the 35W chips...they have QuickSync for transcoding (getting rid of commercials) and they slept w/ the RIAA so you can finally get audio on the same HDMI cable that goes to your TV/receiver w/o running a separate spdif cable