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Old December 31, 2009, 10:14 AM
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I am slightly on the fence now between two different motherboards/cpu itx systems to do my sega genesis mod. I want it to be able to play up to 1080p movies (which i know either can) and as well run emulator games with no problems (which i know both can). What comes down to it is i dont know if the cost difference is worth going from a single core with ht atom to a dual core with ht atom (may attempt to see what ppd a n330 could kick out). Both already come with the dc power adapter which is why i'm looking at them.

210$ (+ taxes) shipped: Newegg.ca - ZOTAC IONITX-A-U Atom N330 1.6GHz Dual-Core 441 NVIDIA ION Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo - Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combo

170$ (+ taxes) shipped: Newegg.ca - ZOTAC IONITX-C-U Intel Atom N230 Mini ITX ION Platform Motherboard/CPU Combo with 90W PSU - Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combo
This one also comes with a 20$ MIR but sometimes those are a pain in the ass and dont always come or work out.
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Old December 31, 2009, 10:40 AM
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Next Level Hardware.com: Intel QX9650 Quad Core Review
Only review I could find comparing the 2, don't know if it will help any. Personally, I'd just spend the bit extra and go with the 330. I'd imagine it would give a bit of overhead in case you threw something else at it while running the high def stuff. My 2 pents.
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Old December 31, 2009, 11:15 AM
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For blu ray playback if you don't plan on ading a video card go with the 330. Dual core will help a lot!
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Old December 31, 2009, 11:28 AM
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I have no plans in added a gpu, as the 9400M should be able to handle everything thrown at it. Its just the justify the 40-50$ price difference for an extra physical core and therefore 2 extra logical cores
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Old December 31, 2009, 01:21 PM
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Well, the GPU will throw some job to the CPU for high def playback and also if yo are looking at Downloaded movie for real time decompression and audio playback so the dual core really justify itself.
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I'd get the 330
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Old January 5, 2010, 07:53 AM
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The N330 board is onsale 10$ off, with free shipping and a 20$ MIR. Any of you interested in an itx system this is the best time to pull the trigger on it
Newegg.ca - ZOTAC IONITX-A-U Atom N330 1.6GHz Dual-Core 441 NVIDIA ION Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo - Motherboard / CPU / VGA Combo

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The N330 board is on sale 10$, with free shipping and a 20$ MIR.

SO I pay $ 10 for it, they send it free and the company will send me a check of $ 20
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SO I pay $ 10 for it, they send it free and the company will send me a check of $ 20
Yeah i missed a word in there, tis 10$ off
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Why not looking at this one
Newegg.ca - DFI LANParty MI P55-T36 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
In next few week or month with a I3 dual core HT on this monster that would be an awesome HTPC.
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