Keep a Lookout for New Nettop-sized HTPCs with AMD’s new E-450 APU (It’s the New Hotness)


amd fusion architectureA while back we talked about the differences and benefits of AMD’s E-350 APU over an Intel Atom + NVIDIA ION 2 combo for a SFF HTPC setup. Now, AMD has a new and improved chip, the Fusion E-450, which boasts a 1.6GHz processor, enhanced HD graphics (HD 6320), and support for faster DDR3-1333 memory, DisplayPort ++, and the 1.4a HDMI spec. for 3D enabled televisions [comparison chart: E-350 vs E-450]. Of course, this chip continues to offer Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA bitstreaming over HDMI. What’s also impressive is that this chip now provides users approximately an extra 4 hours of battery life over the E-350 when used in a notebook (about 12 hours total) — that technology has got to translate into some kind of power efficiencies in nettop scenarios as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Let’s hope Intel doesn’t bribe retailers not to sell these systems – as that is exactly what the European regulators discovered last year with their largest retailer!

    Intel should be ashamed of bribing retailers, like MediaMarkt, not to carry AMD products, but… Maybe Intel is just laughing – rolling around in all that monopoly cash?

  • Anonymous

    Ok I’ve been keeping a look out and the only thing I’ve come across is the Eee box EB1021-B028E and even that is not really widely available. I also found Acer Aspire AX1430-UR30P but I don’t think you can really count this as a nettop. Its so rare its difficult to know if the specs are just misquoted.