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Firesand

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Asrock Soc?
« on: November 28, 2016, 09:58:24 PM »
Are the new Asrock SoC boards any good for a budget 4k Htpc?

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/J3455-ITX/index.us.asp
http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/J4205-ITX/index.us.asp

I have also found these cases and have not seen any build reviews on them. Wondering if anyone has any build experience with them?
http://www.minicase.net/product_E-K5i.html

Ari Altman

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Re: Asrock Soc?
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2016, 10:28:48 PM »
Are the new Asrock SoC boards any good for a budget 4k Htpc?

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/J3455-ITX/index.us.asp
http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/J4205-ITX/index.us.asp

I have also found these cases and have not seen any build reviews on them. Wondering if anyone has any build experience with them?
http://www.minicase.net/product_E-K5i.html

The motherboards you found use Intel's new Apollo Lake architecture, which is the latest entry in the Atom lineup. They are meant for low-powered tablets and mini PCs. While I don't have experience with them, I would caution you that they are not particularly good values. The J4205 is selling for around $115, which is almost as much as an MSI H110 ITX board (US | Canada) and G4400 desktop chip (US | Canada). That combo will be 1.5-2x faster than the J4205.

As for the case, it looks interesting, but quality on these Asian imports can always be a problem. The power supply would be of particular concern - likely loud and inefficient. I'd recommend you stick to the Antec ISK110 (US | Canada), which is significantly smaller due to its high-quality external power supply.

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Re: Asrock Soc?
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2016, 08:52:48 AM »
Hi thank you for the quick reply.
I would like a little clarification on why you called them atom processors? I did a quick look on Intel site and they are not on the atom list but are classified for use in desktops. I'm not trying to be confrontational I'm just confused. Thanks in advanced.

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Re: Asrock Soc?
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2016, 10:20:55 AM »
Hi thank you for the quick reply.
I would like a little clarification on why you called them atom processors? I did a quick look on Intel site and they are not on the atom list but are classified for use in desktops. I'm not trying to be confrontational I'm just confused. Thanks in advanced.

Intel has officially abandoned the "Atom" nomenclature. That does not mean, however, that the Apollo Lake line of SOCs is not an Atom derivative. It's intended for low-power devices like netbooks and nettops. The problems is that at retail, the pricing makes not sense. It's just way, way too high. If you buy an OEM system with Apollo Lake, it might come in at a competitive price.

You can read more about Apollo Lake in this helpful Ananadtech article. The truth is that Intel chose not to market Apollo Lake to the public, and that's an indication that the public likely wouldn't be interested in it.