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VIA EPIA SP 1300 All-In-One - HTPC Dream and Car PC Paradise - Final Thoughts

Today we're taking a look at VIA's latest small form factor All-In-One EPIA motherboard, the SP 1300 based on the latest processors and chipsets to come from the VIA labs. This low power consumption platform with hardware MPEG-2 decoding and hardware MPEG-4 acceleration might just what you're looking for in a silent HTPC or car computer. Read on as we take a close look at the humble yet impressive EPIA SP 1300 All-In-One motherboard from VIA Technologies.

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: May 23, 2005 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9%Manufacturer: VIA Technology

Final Thoughts


VIA and the EPIA platform has come an extremely long way in the short life span it has had. VIA has put a lot of effort into the VIA C3 line of CPU, and with every generation of CPU and chipset to support, the overall package is becoming a much more attractive Home Theatre PC and PC on the go option.


The C3 with its low power consumption, ability to run passively cooled and with new hardware acceleration to take the burden off the already strained CPU now starting to be integrated into the Northbridge, it's extremely possible to run any movie or audio stream now on the EPIA platform without the threat of lag.


Overall the EPIA SP platform has all that you will need for the Home Theatre PC and even for a car based PC. The addition of MEPG-4 acceleration takes care of the very high CPU usage that the EPIA's in the past have suffered.


- Pros


Micro sized


All in one with CPU


Hardware MPEG-2 Decoding


Hardware MPEG-4 Acceleration


Firewire Support


Can be passively cooled for silent operation


Support for Digital add-on LVDS modules


- Cons


No onboard TV Tuner


Lacks new PCI-E support


Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Value Award



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