Zotac GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi
I want to build two machines with identical hardware, but one using Windows 7 and another using Linux with XBMC. Would the ION board be sufficient?
I bought the AT3N7A-I last weekend as a test project to replace a broken pentium M motherboard on a HTPC.
Please note that this is a mythtv frontend. It only plays video, does not record, but when that is said, as long as your video is playable with vdpau, I suppose it has sufficient juice to do recording as well.
Even playing 1080p, it uses less <10% cpu with vdpau offloading everything to the GPU.
I am not sure I recommend this board unless you need PCI though (I bought it specifically because I needed a PCI card in it). SPCRs review states that Asus said they would not ship any of these cards with the same 6000rpm fan that was on the review sample, but this is obviously false.
Mine has the 6krpm fan and some searching around shows that many others have as well. Some people say they got a free replacement fan after calling Asus, other has had more problems with that.
I removed the fan and took a 80mm fan set at low rpm and fastened it with strips so it was hanging from the DVD drive bracket stuff above the cooler. Cut vibrations from the Fan as well, so not such a bad solution in the end.
As said, it does a great job for video that is vdpau compatible. I see many complaints from people trying to do HD video from youtube/hulu/etc on Atom. Probably you would not want Atom if you use a lot of flash content, at least not until the GPU accellerated flash 10.1 is out, if that actually supports cpu accelleration on linux (which I actually doubt).