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    Phoronix: CompuLab Fit-PC2 NetTop

    We have tested a few interesting Intel Atom-powered nettop computers lately from the ASRock ION 330HT-BD that bears a Blu-ray drive and an Intel Atom 330 CPU with NVIDIA ION graphics to the ASUS Eee Top that packaged the entire system within a touch-screen monitor. In this article we are trying out the CompuLab Fit-PC2, which is definitely the smallest Atom-powered computer we have tested to date. The Fit-PC2 easily fits in the palm of your hand and it packs an Intel Atom Z530 processor with a Poulsbo graphics processor, a 160GB SATA HDD, and 1GB of system memory.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=14616

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    Video

    Nice review, thanks!
    how about playing video? 720/1080p? avc?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by gfdsa View Post
      Nice review, thanks!
      how about playing video? 720/1080p? avc?
      Good question, judging for my experience with connecting my Dell Mini to a TV, or even using the Mini's display, flash playback will be a problem.

      My mini can play a DVD transcoded to avi on my 720p TV just dandy, and it looks fantastic, but don't even think of watching Hulu. Ecen on the small screen Hulu is choppy, unless I choose medium resolution. This is a flash issue and nothing else. But as long as Flash is the dominant format, the only sane solution is more muscle, basically an IGP that is much more than you should need, but in any case capable of doing Flash at decent resolutions.

      I think that this fact sadly takes away a lot of the value of the FitPC

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      • #4
        If my Droid took 7 whole watts just to play HD video, I'd be enraged.

        Atom. All the waste of x86. None of the raw power.

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        • #5
          well, flash is not yet accelerated, we know that and playing 480p video is not that interesting these days. the interesting part is playing mpeg4 > 480p using intel embedded driver with VA API ....

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gfdsa View Post
            well, flash is not yet accelerated, we know that and playing 480p video is not that interesting these days. the interesting part is playing mpeg4 > 480p using intel embedded driver with VA API ....
            MPEG-4 Part-2 (DivX) is limited to 720p. This is not a driver limitation. However, MPEG-4 Part-10 (AVC, H.264) works for 1080p.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gbeauche View Post
              MPEG-4 Part-2 (DivX) is limited to 720p. This is not a driver limitation. However, MPEG-4 Part-10 (AVC, H.264) works for 1080p.
              hmmmm..... what does this observation has to do with my question about this nettop playing video?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by gfdsa View Post
                hmmmm..... what does this observation has to do with my question about this nettop playing video?
                It answers your question wrt. HW decoding capabilities for MPEG-4. Since you did not specify which standard clearly, I gave you both sets. I should have made more explicit the fact that was MPEG-4 "support in HW is limited to"... But this context was obviously implified by your previous comment, which I quoted.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by gbeauche View Post
                  It answers your question wrt. HW decoding capabilities for MPEG-4. Since you did not specify which standard clearly, I gave you both sets. I should have made more explicit the fact that was MPEG-4 "support in HW is limited to"... But this context was obviously implified by your previous comment, which I quoted.
                  if you say so gbeauche.
                  Actually I was asking how the reviewed hardware performs with videos above 480p. I did not have an opportunity to try this intel gpu with intel embedded driver so I was curious.

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                  • #10
                    Hmm, is that 720p hardware limit for all hw decoders, or just Nvidia?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by curaga View Post
                      Hmm, is that 720p hardware limit for all hw decoders, or just Nvidia?
                      there is no such hw limit on nvidia, I have played any video with hw decoding of h264 on ION using vdpau and va api on top of vdpau.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by curaga View Post
                        Hmm, is that 720p hardware limit for all hw decoders, or just Nvidia?
                        If you read the reply, it's only for MPEG4-Part 2 (a.k.a Divx/Xvid). It's just not used for any resolution above DVD- there were some crazy people who did some 720p stuff with Xvid, but x264 is so much better at HD resolutions that you'd be crazy to use anything else.

                        So basically, yes it is a limitation, but considering there's virtually no files in MPEG-4 Part 2 at HD resolutions, it's not an issue.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dashcloud View Post
                          If you read the reply, it's only for MPEG4-Part 2 (a.k.a Divx/Xvid). It's just not used for any resolution above DVD- there were some crazy people who did some 720p stuff with Xvid, but x264 is so much better at HD resolutions that you'd be crazy to use anything else.
                          Yes, the limitation is on the GMA500 since the topic was about a systemp using that chip. I don't know why, though. All other HW accelerated codecs are supported at 1080p resolution.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dashcloud View Post
                            If you read the reply, it's only for MPEG4-Part 2 (a.k.a Divx/Xvid). It's just not used for any resolution above DVD- there were some crazy people who did some 720p stuff with Xvid, but x264 is so much better at HD resolutions that you'd be crazy to use anything else.

                            So basically, yes it is a limitation, but considering there's virtually no files in MPEG-4 Part 2 at HD resolutions, it's not an issue.
                            Please. If "limit X" is said, I can refer to it as "the limit", not repeating everything. It does not have anything to do with my reading.

                            It was somewhat unclear whether GMA500 or Nvidia was referred to, as both were in the article.

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