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    News - Intel tells us why Core i5 chips are a good fit for HTPCs

    At CES 2010, Intel tried to convince the public that its new range of chips make for a great media center experiece. Take a look for yourself.
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    Re: News - Intel tells us why Core i5 chips are a good fit for HTPCs

    too expensive for a htpc

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    Re: News - Intel tells us why Core i5 chips are a good fit for HTPCs

    Yeah I'm a bit confused there. Playing 1080p .mkv content is hardly the norm for an HTPC, and an i3 would be perfect for that anyway.

    The only thing I like to have a quad for is video encoding and very demanding games. What either of those have in common with an HTPC... I don't know.

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    Re: News - Intel tells us why Core i5 chips are a good fit for HTPCs

    Quote Originally Posted by HEXUS View Post
    The downsides are that Intel chips with HD Graphics start at around £95 and that they're still rather power-hungry
    Price is one thing, but over at SilentPC review they had the i5-661 (iirc) running at a very low figure. I seem to recall it was something silly like 30w for the entire system. The CPU may have a higher TDP, but that may be just intel playing safe and of course the tdp includes the IGP as well now.

    EDIT - just had a quick look - the silent pc figures say DC, so presumably don't include PSU inefficiency. But they do state they are system power figures, and the figures range from 30-45w whilst playing various HD video clips. The idle system figure they give is 18w!!

    At full CPU and GPU load on turbo, the system figure does goes up to 70w. Still not what i'd class as power hungry though
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    Re: News - Intel tells us why Core i5 chips are a good fit for HTPCs

    I have been considering building a HTPC based on Gigabyte's GA-MA785GMT-UD2H but have been unsure whether to go for the Phenom II X3 705e or Phenom II X2 550

    I would pay the extra for the lower wattage of the X3 but these new Intel chips have a TDP which falls midway between my two choices

    Has anyone any experience of whether a few watts makes that much of a difference so long as I choose an efficient cooler ?

    I would be wary of spending the extra for an i5 chip and (probably) more expensive board if there is not a huge difference in performance required to output 1080p

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