On Tue, April 8, 2014 3:44 pm, Chris Metzler wrote:
I have found the Intel NUC range is well supported by Intel and has the
power to do the job. They have a dedicated support channel and were able
to quickly roll out firmware updates based on my feedback.
Another option is an ASUS mini-itx board in a Shuttle case. If you go that
route you will also be able to install an ATI or NVidia GPU and leverage
the power of openCL support in ffmpeg.
If you want a well supported board then you should probably stay away from
AMD. They are getting worse not better. But if you do choose AMD the
fusion chips offer reasonable performance vs cost/power consumption. Just
don't expect any real support from AMD. Even the open source drivers are
developed by NVidia devs in their spare time.
If you just want a decent low cost machine that gives you all the power
you need then the NUC's are hard to beat. Gigabyte are also competing with
the same form factor but I haven't tested their offering yet. It looks
like they are using the reference design for the NUC though so it should
be well supported.
FYI, several LAD's have also looked into the various Android devices that
are on the market. I have found that the ARM Chips are just not powerful
enough for serious professional work but they are very good at handling
specific use cases especially for things like fx boxes or dedicated
machines running specific low latency tasks.
If you are interested in visual multimedia the difference between the
graphics on an ARM board versus the NUC or a dedicated ATI/NVIdia GPU is a
non starter. The ARM boards are not pbscene but the quality difference is
noticeable. I have found the low end NUCs can handle full screen 1080p at
around 25 fps for a modern 3d engine which allows to capture almost decent
1080p video but a more powerful GPU can handle 200FPS on the same engine.
If you are into gaming the low end NUC's will allow you to play but you
will want a more powerful model to have the optimum experience. In that
case I recommend looking into the i3/i5 models.
You can get a pcie card for firewire support.
Failing all of the above a new ultrabook might give you performance and
mobility but the price difference is substantial.
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