First nVidia Ion-platform-based NetTop

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Marx55, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Marx55 macrumors 68000

    Jan 1, 2005
  2. MasterNile macrumors 65816


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Agreed completely, I was just reading a different article from Nvidia and I will be getting one of these low cost machines that seem to be about on par with the mac mini (except for OS X).

    I know some people will argue with this but to me OS X is not worth $300 when I just want a simple way to play everything I watch on my computer on my TV (hulu, netflix, itunes, DVDs), I was thinking about hooking my MB up to my TV but as it wouldn't be permanent there would be a lot of disconnecting/reconnecting of cables, looked at AppleTV which with boxee seems a decent solution but if I can get a full blown computer for about the same price as AppleTV why bother with AppleTV?

    Apple needs to wake up and get in the game.
  3. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Hum... how do you get the 300$ price tag for OS X ? This thing isn't even being pegged to be equivalent to the Mac Mini at all.

    For all we know, similarly specced, it'll be worth the same thing as a Mini and so your OS X "tax" will actually be 0$.
  4. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030


    Jan 10, 2007
    I think he arrives at $300.00 by accounting for the nettops' price @ $300.00 and then comparing that to the Mac Mini which starts at $600.00.

    I agree with the OP as well. I was going to buy a Mac Mini for an HTPC setup, but the Mini is NOT worth $600.00, no matter how you slice it. $400.00 maybe, but no way is that box worth $600.00.
  5. dan-o-mac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY
    This will make a nice little hackintosh. I'm going to wait a bit and see what the other manufacturers bring to the Ion platform.
  6. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    And as I was pointing out and you probably missed, the nettop sure isn't equivalent to a Mac Mini.
  7. celica73 macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2009
    It looks like an interesting machine to me. The big problem (particularly using it as a Hackintosh) is the reliance on the GPU to make it fast. The Apple TV does that too, yet there is no way to take advantage of the GPU (unless you run Linux on it).

    If the programs aren't written to use that GPU acceleration, then they will be slow. For me, I want to use my HTPC as a DVR *and* a HTPC. Part of that plan relies on the machine being able to serve the recorded files via iTunes (ideally to my existing TV). For me to push them out to another AppleTV, I will need to re-encode in an ATV format (something that an Ion will never do well). This would include HD recordings.

    If I weren't considering this DVR side of the equation, then the Acer would easily be number one on my list.

    iMovie editing on a 1080p TV is another thing the Acer won't likely do well at all.

  8. Tilpots macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
    Speaking of the Mac Mini as a HTPC, it's sure is the equivalent, for a whole lot less.

    Just buy two of these and forget the Apple TV.
  9. robotartfashion macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    expect something very similar to this as an apple tv refresh once snow leopard and open cl are available

    well, i suppose initially the software will most likely be crippled but hackable

    fun times

    (ps i know nothing for certain but based on prior rumors and rumors of apple component purchases i really do see this on its way)

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