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I personally would suggest something similar to the aopen mp-965d. They're cheap and they'll do what you need (I just bought 5 myself for htpc uses). Maybe not that exact model, but something like it.

Thanks for the link. Unfortunately they're rated at 90w, which is 7.5amps on 12v.
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I personally would suggest something similar to the aopen mp-965d. They're cheap and they'll do what you need (I just bought 5 myself for htpc uses). Maybe not that exact model, but something like it.

Thanks for the link. Unfortunately they're rated at 90w, which is 7.5amps on 12v.

I was just giving an example. Something of that form factor with at least that much processing power will do the job great.
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I was just giving an example. Something of that form factor with at least that much processing power will do the job great.

Unfortunately I don't know enough about these mini pcs or their processors to make a judgement. If the spec says 90w, that sounds pretty high even compared to a netbook. Is that down to the modern processor, compared to my old netbook's Atom. or is the 90w figure simply peak? The problem is I can't find any info on what it runs at on average, so I have to go by the 90w figure. Meanwhile the tinygreenpcs are claiming anything between 6 and 15 watts, which much closer to what I'm after.

I do think I'm missing something here because I can't beleive these small form mini pcs would run at 90w. That sounds very high considering they're not evening powering a monitor.
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90w is definitely peak. The cpu is 35w peak.

Just saying be careful with the netbook and similar range. If you're wanting video playback you need something half decent which netbooks usually don't offer.
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90w is definitely peak. The cpu is 35w peak.

Just saying be careful with the netbook and similar range. If you're wanting video playback you need something half decent which netbooks usually don't offer.

With that in mind I'm interested to know how tinygreenpc manage to claim figures of between 10-23w for their Intel Core i3-3217UE?
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90w is definitely peak. The cpu is 35w peak.

Just saying be careful with the netbook and similar range. If you're wanting video playback you need something half decent which netbooks usually don't offer.

With that in mind I'm interested to know how tinygreenpc manage to claim figures of between 10-23w for their Intel Core i3-3217UE?

Well the ones I listed are core 2 duo. Core i3 is a lot more energy efficient. I was just showing you a potential form factor and base line performance bare minimum.
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Well the ones I listed are core 2 duo. Core i3 is a lot more energy efficient. I was just showing you a potential form factor and base line performance bare minimum.

OK, that's where my knowledge slips up. I need to understand what is and isn't energy efficient. Pointless me just looking at mini pcs if I don't understand what's going on underneath. I'm afraid I'm not that au fait with processor specs.
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Avoid anything atom or e300 / e400 based and you'll be okay lol. Core i3 laptop systems (in a mini PC if there is such a thing) would be perfect for a more modern version of what I said.
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a rapsberry pi will play 1080p H264 rips just fine.

What do you need to do that you don't think it would be capable of? Youtube and things might be a problem but you haven't said if you have network access
 
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a rapsberry pi will play 1080p H264 rips just fine.

What do you need to do that you don't think it would be capable of? Youtube and things might be a problem but you haven't said if you have network access

In my OP I stated "has to support wifi, wired lan not an option". This is because I live on a boat and rely solely on wifi. I avoided looking at the Pi for a number of reasons. I read about laggy experiences running XBMC. Is your experience otherwise? How easy would it be to plug in wifi? I worry that there is too much configuring with the Pi, something I'd enjoy but don't have time for.
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