Asus Eee Box Atom-based desktop mini PC

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  1. jMc macrumors 6502

    jMc

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    Couldn't find this mentioned anywhere else on the forum, but does anyone think the white version of this new mini desktop from Asus seems to be filling the same hole as the unloved Mac Mini (sans optical drive but with optional vertical stand!)?

    http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/10/10/review_desktop_pc_asus_eee_box/

    I can't believe The Register fails to see or mention the similarity :).

    jMc
     
  2. zap2 macrumors 604

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    People like to compare the Mac Mini and EEE Box. But there is a huge difference, one runs on Atom and one runs on C2D.

    Huge difference there!
     
  3. Mord macrumors G4

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    The Atom is an in-order cpu which gives it a massive disadvantage, in many tasks a 900Mhz celeron m eee beats 1.6GHz Atoms.
     
  4. Superman07 macrumors 6502a

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  5. robanga macrumors 68000

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    Atom as a choice for anything that runs on a desk is interesting, the one thing Atom does give you is low, low power consumption and heat. These are primarily mobile computing considerations though.

    I suppose that because of the low heat you would have a very quiet desktop, with the fans rarely having to come on.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I wasn't sure before I got mine, but the Atom is surprisingly usable for basic home / home office activities. I would probably trade my office computer for an Atom (although no one in this office, AFAIK, has a C2D on their desk).

    Also, FWIW, the Atom 330 line is specifically designed for desktop use -- they're not mobile processors.
     
  7. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

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    How does the atom work for a media center pc?
     
  8. CaptSlog macrumors newbie

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    The b202 can play 720p H.264 using CoreAVC.
     

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