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Old 09-18-2012, 11:24 AM
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Quote from jsklar View Post :
I've been eyeing this APU for an htpc build for a while.

Just saw an AMD Dual Core 3250e 1.5 GHz Dell Zino HD pop up on my local CL...I could get that for $175, but it's only got 3GB DDR2 RAM (which is mad expensive if I wanted to up it). and the GPU is a Radeon 4330 (I believe w/ 512mb discrete mem).

How would this compare? If I got the Zino I wouldn't have to get a case or PSU, though I might have to get more/expensive RAM. I could get 8GB DDR3 for the E-350 for like $40.

My other option was the A4 3400 Llano combo that showed up the other day. That wouldn't be as small, or as silent, or as energy efficient....but cheaper!

Also, does anyone know what the difference is between this 350D CPU and the regular E-350?

Thanks!
Good question. Per Anandtech [anandtech.com], the AMD Athlon X2 3250e (1.5GHz) slightly outperform the AMD E-350 but both are in the same class as dual-core Intel Atom. Same with Radeon HD 4330 being slightly faster than the HD 6310 (the Radeon HD 6310 in the AMD E-350 APU is actually based on the HD 4330 core but without dedicated memory: source [notebookcheck.net]). The E-350 does have higher efficiency, modern architecture (DDR3, UVD3, etc) and newer drivers.

The Zino HD 400 is over 2 years ago and I considered buying it at $400+ back then (when it was on FP deal quite often). Come to think of it, it seems that AMD designed the E-350 as a cost-reduced replacement for the Zino HD's CPU + dGPU combo (of course it isn't true). With the Zino HD, you get the full package -- case, PSU, WiFi, (2) e-SATA, multi-card reader, ODD (DVD+RW or BR-ROM/DVD+RW combo) and possibly a 3.5" HDD. The 2010q3 Zino HD 410 model refresh brought support for DDR3-1066, optional Radeon HD 5450 1GB (it came with integrated Radeon HD 4250 standard), a variety of CPU from Athlon II/Turion II, Phenom II X3 and even a 25W Phenom II X4 1.7GHz.

Personally I'd like to see mobile Llano A4/A6 based HTPC. The E-350 CPU is just slow for general use and non-DXVA (e.g., Silverlight) video decode. The A4 is probably better for everyday (single to dual core) use due to lower cost and higher base speed but the faster GPU in the A6 is nice to have.

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The AMD E-350D appears to be a 22W TDP desktop version of the 18W TDP E-350: http://xtreview.com/addcomment-id...istic.html and http://www.inpai.com.cn/doc/hard/156211.htm.

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