How are the graphics on this guy so far??
Yeah I know this post was worthless without pictures
Anyway Flash is spotty when running a movie unless you put the cache to maximum and use full hardware acceleration.
I actually downsized the shared memory in the bios to 64meg which seemed to speed up applications a touch and didnt seem to hurt the video.. This unit came with 1 gig of ram and the video set to auto at a 128 meg used for graphics.. Now its set to 64meg shared..
That didnt seem to hurt movies.. But I can see a gamer having a issue or two dropping it.
The bios at least in this one will allow you to run at 512 shared and if you add a gig of memory would be ok.
The Nvidia Geforce seems to work well with games as far as what my son reported when we connected up a DVD and bumped the Graphics up... He 'd rather play his game on his intel with the 4 gig of Ram and ATI card
The Good in this system is that its got plenty of ports.
The hard drive is ok at 5400 rpm and 160 gig
The heat dosnt seem to slow up the Intel Atom and the more load you put on it the cooler it runs.
boots up fast and has a recovery block of 15gig to recover the OS in case someone breaks it.
The Gigabyte NIC is fast and stable and works well at the auto setup from the driver.
The Downside is cost if you plan on toys..
The system with Windows XP is ok but..
To back it up I highly suggest a Optical Drive like a External DVD burner and possibly a USB external hard drive.. both storage and backup.. So plan on spending about a $100 more or less
I would also say you'd want to spend the money on a Good wireless card.
AND a wireless keyboard and mouse if your using it at home on a LCD TV
OR a Good Keyboard is you plan on using it at a desk.. The Factory keyboard is about the size of a laptop keyboard and feels like it..
All in all I'm happy with this system.. Its going in a place that has very little space for a full size machine.. Similar if your putting a computer at your TV/entertainment center.. So it works out well that way..
I do plan on buying two more along with a Refurbished box in the near future..
A full size Refurb with the right setup can work out just as well as long as you have the time to mess with it...