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I've been using an Asus Eeepc 1001p Seashell with the Atom N450 processor and Intel GMA 3150 integrated graphics. It skips horribly when trying to play back HD files from a video camcorder.

These files are AVCHD video 1080p 26301kbps from a Sony HDR-CX160. Also MP4 video 1080p 12512kbps from a GoPro HD camera.

I picked up the Acer Aspire One D255 with Atom N550 processor which I had thought could handle HD playback. While it's considerably better than the 1001p, it's like a slow motion playback.

I was considering returning the D255 and getting the AMD based Aspire One AO522 which I read handles HD very well.

Or would an another GB of ram on the D255 bringing it up to 2GB do much difference?

Or should I expect the AO522's HD playback not to be much better than the D255's?

Any advice appreciated.
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run an hd video and then wait a little bit then open up task manager at the same time then view how much free ram you have left.
If you have under 100mb free the adding another mb might help alot.
But if you have a decent amount of ram left then you should switch
TBH you need something with an ssd and lots of decent ram and you will be flying.
post #3 of 10
um i think both of those should have more ram.
also go into the bios and try dedicating more ram to the gpu
post #4 of 10
No, RAM won't help much since the bottleneck is the CPU and the IGP does not support off-loading. This has been my complaint about the Atom for years. Intel completely skimped on the GPU/chipset.

The C-50's GPU does support off-loading but the CPU is much weaker at 1GHz. Look for a Zacate E-350 running at 1.6GHz instead for about $70-100 more.
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Only the AMD Fusion APUs (C-50 and E-350 for example) can handle HD in windows without the help of ION. So adding RAM will make no difference. That said I'm still amazed I can get my N450 to playback some HD videos without horrible frame drops, but this has only occurred using Linux. In windows I couldn't even get the Atom to do normal DVDs.
     
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I think I'll give the AO522 a try then.
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I exchanged the D255 for an AO522 … huge difference. The lower quality GoPro camera MP4s at 1080 (13mbps) played flawlessly. The 26mbps AVCHD files from the Sony HD camcorder presented more of an issue with a few dropped frames here and there – nothing compared to the D255 though. And this is with stock components.

Brings me to my next question – would 4GB on this thing be overkill?

I picked up a Crucial 2GB stick but just came across some reports that 4GB would also work (of course assuming something better than Windows 7 Starter). I could exchange it for a 4GB stick since I haven’t even opened the package.

I’m also planning on swapping out the stock drive with a Momentus XT 500GB hybrid which, although nowhere close to an SSD, did show material improvements in my Asus Eeepc 1001p Seashell.

I just don’t want to change anything until I decide on 2GB vs 4GB since it’s a little involved opening these AO522’s up.

Again, my primary purpose here is HD playback and if 4GB would help over 2GB, I would totally go for that. Thanks again.
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Hmmm ... as an aside, I was downloading all the latest drivers for this AO522 and noticed there were no chipset drivers. Is that bundled in the VGA driver now?
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Again, my primary purpose here is HD playback and if 4GB would help over 2GB, I would totally go for that. Thanks again.
More RAM shouldn't help HD playback unless RAM is maxed. Playback is streamed data so nothing sits in memory.
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Hmmm ... as an aside, I was downloading all the latest drivers for this AO522 and noticed there were no chipset drivers. Is that bundled in the VGA driver now?
The chipset driver and VGA driver should be in a single package.
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Thanks Duckie!!

The AO522 was far easier to take apart than all the worried posts and videos had led me to believe ... shoot there's even indications under the keyboard telling you which screws release the back plate - and a little diagram showing you to poke a screwdriver through a hole to pop off the plate lol.

I'm now rocking 2GB on W7 HP x86 and even my highest quality HD videos are playing very smoothly.

Thanks again everyone for the advice.
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