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VIA Releases an $89 Mini-ATX Motherboard and Processor Combo for HTPCs
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It comes with a 1.4GHz dual core processor, on-board HDMI and room for 8GB of RAM.
When one of your prime requirements for a PC is size, as it is with most home theater PCs, you need to make a few sacrifices. You're not going to get the same graphics and processing power as a desktop setup, but you can surely get enough to satisfy all your requirements for watching movies and listening to music.
VIA's new VE-900 Mini-ITX motherboard/processor combo is designed to give you plenty of power and a nice low price. Along with the board you'll also get a 1.4GHz VIA Nano X2 dual-core processor. The motherboard features an HDMI connection for high definition video and 24-bit 192kHz audio.
The motherboard also has a few connections you might not expect. It features PS/2 inputs, VGA out and a serial port. The one big downside - it's packing a fan. Still, at $89 it's none too shabby!
The VIA ARTiGO may be the Smallest HTPC Ever
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If you’re okay with building your own, you can get your hands on this incredibly small computer for just $199.
VIA’s latest DIY kit, known as the ARTiGO, is surprisingly small. It’s smaller than your PC for sure, slimmer than any VHS player, and it’s almost certainly smaller than your set-top box. The ARTiGO measures a mere 5.7 inches by 3.9 inches by 2 inches.
The miniscule computer packs a VIA Nano 64-bit processor and integrated VIA Chrome9 graphics with MPEG-2/4, WMV9 and H.264 video decoding acceleration. It’s got five USB ports, an IDE 44-pin interface and a SATA interface for hard drive use. And of course, the ARTiGO sports an HDMI output.
It’s $199 for the base model, but you can pick up some addons as well. There’s no built in WiFi, but you can nab an adapter from VIA. There’s also an optional TV mount which would position VIA’s new micro-PC right behind your television.