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Quite powerful for such a small, cheap box.
on May 15, 2012
I am quite pleased with this little monster. After looking at a bunch of Atom processor boxes of this sort, I went with the A-450, which I know scores just a tad higher in the benchmarks than most Atoms on the market today. Boy, that didn't prepare me for how good this box is.
I've been using it as media station, running XBMC on it. It works like a charm. Installed Steam and put a few of the humble bundle games on it and they play fine, even using the included wireless keyboard and mouse. (I got mine from NewEgg, but it's the same model number, so I assume this one also has the included thin keyboard and mouse) I'm outputting to my receiver, which takes all digital audio formats, and passes along the 1080p video to my living room TV. I'll most likely get a 2nd one of these for the kitchen.
The system was completely silent for the first month or so, but now I have a small fan noise. You can only hear it when everything else in the room is off, as my Sony TV has a louder fan than this system, and even that is pretty quiet. Wireless was strong, but XBMC got choppy using it for HD content so I installed some Ethernet, which is always better.
The only cons are that it only has 2 GB of RAM (4 would have been nice) and the hard drive is pretty slow. But for the price, I can't complain. Also note that the APU uses system RAM for the video card, so even though the Radeon HD 6320 has great specs, it won't beat out a discrete video card of even slightly less specs. It can run Team Fortress 2 if you use the MOREFRAMES config file you can Google, but don't expect Crysis to work well.
Overall, I would get this again. In fact, I will get this again.