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What most people are missing is that this is not designed to be a "desktop" computer that the average user will buy--far from it. It might be called a "desktop" in the article, but it's marketed as a modular computer by Xi3, where the user can add further processing boards, sub-boards, I/O boards, etc. for their specific application--meant for more industrial and enterprise applications--not home use. So there's no reason why it should have an HDMI port over a DVI output.

And also because this was already produced and released before Zacate, Bobcat, or Sandy Bridge were actually being manufactured.
I'll be watching this company & looking for others, but if they don't get cheaper it's rather a mute point, a Dell Slimline would be a better choice, and that's sad indeed... lol

It would be really nice to see them upgrade this to the newer AMD CPU/GPUs indeed...
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Make them clusterable and you may have something, otherwise... Meh...

Now if I could take 10 of those and cluster them just by plugging them in and telling the system as a whole there are 10 and I want them to act as 1....
 
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Exactly right. We should all be using HDMI now and these guys need to get with the program. DVI should be the adapted not HDMI and HDMI is a superior connection. It's much easier to to connect into my AVR this way as well. Most monitors and AVRs and TVs use HDMI now.

HDMI is a proprietary format that requires licensing fees. It will never replace DVI. That is DisplayPort's job.

The only place HDMI fits in is in the home theater market, and thats only because it has a monopoly there. If manufacturers didn't have to worry about consumers replacing all of their HDMI-equipped electronics they would have switched to the superior DisplayPort standard long ago. Big manufacturers like Samsung probably pay close to a million dollars in HDMI licensing fees a year.



Also, this is an AMD we're talking about. The real reason they didn't go with HDMI is that AMD's horrible drivers barely work with it. They probably didn't want their customers to have to mess with overdrive settings just to get it to display properly.
    
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I was looking at it thinking it was kinda cool but way too pricey to ever go mainstream, then I got really turned off.

http://www.hitechreview.com/pictures...mputer-10.html

A nice powerbrick, and here I thought it had its own built in psu. Disgusting.
I have to agree this product is a complete fail, indeed...

You put it well, disgusting, despite it's very nice customizable features..

I gotta say it looks nice, but that's all I can say.... lol...
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post #25 of 39
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What most people are missing is that this is not designed to be a "desktop" computer that the average user will buy--far from it. It might be called a "desktop" in the article, but it's marketed as a modular computer by Xi3, where the user can add further processing boards, sub-boards, I/O boards, etc. for their specific application--meant for more industrial and enterprise applications--not home use. So there's no reason why it should have an HDMI port over a DVI output.



And also because this was already produced and released before Zacate, Bobcat, or Sandy Bridge were actually being manufactured.
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HDMI is a proprietary format that requires licensing fees. It will never replace DVI. That is DisplayPort's job.

The only place HDMI fits in is in the home theater market, and thats only because it has a monopoly there. If manufacturers didn't have to worry about consumers replacing all of their HDMI-equipped electronics they would have switched to the superior DisplayPort standard long ago. Big manufacturers like Samsung probably pay close to a million dollars in HDMI licensing fees a year.



Also, this is an AMD we're talking about. The real reason they didn't go with HDMI is that AMD's horrible drivers barely work with it. They probably didn't want their customers to have to mess with overdrive settings just to get it to display properly.
All I can say is nearly everything I own has HDMI or is small and uses displayport to HDMI and I carry an HDMI cable on me at all times for travel in my book bag/laptop bag. I can agree with licensing costs and it would raise their overhead right there. Bad drivers though are bad all the way around. I do get tired of DVI adapting though and their cables or adapters get harder to find.
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The design is cool and all, but its too much money for too little horsepower.
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post #27 of 39
Overpriced. It's got nothing on something like the Revo.
http://www.pauljroberts.com/wp-conte...AspireRevo.jpg

330$ and cheaper if you build one, 20w idle, 30w load, nvidia Ion (9400GT). Your probably going to use a something this small as an HTPC. The dual core Atom does flash 1080p with 10% of the CPU to spare and I bet it's close to or smaller than that thing. I do wish I had waited for AMD's Brazos but it serves it's purpose, housed magicJack for 1&1/2 years and costs me around 1.50$ to run 24/7 for a month.
Edited by pengs - 2/18/11 at 8:54pm
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Very cool, but $800 is a buzzkill.
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post #29 of 39
They should have gone with a slightly larger form factor and stuck something more powerful in. Like a tube with a 120mm on each end housing two picoITX boards clustered together
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I hate to bring back a dead topic, but I was looking for a thread on the xi3. My dad is one of the original investors in the xi3 , so in the upcoming year we will get a few of them for free. So I'll be sure to post some test results for them.
    
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