An Atom PC sucks for anything but media.. and thats only good with the proper drivers but its real good with proper drivers.
Any desktop app will be terrible anything over the simplest of web browsing is painful.
at least in my experience.
and forget mame and hulu
I agree 100%.
In very small systems, say for testing or possibly in a small apartment, you could use an Atom/Ion system as your Core/Hybrid but that would need to be a very limited system expecially if you need to support IP cameras too as motion chews up CPU. Regens also take up a lot of processor and although in operational terms you will not be doing these everyday (I hope!!) they are still painfully slow on Atom Cores (all regens are processed by the Core). Now this will change in time as QOrbiter etc comes into real use but for now it is an issue.
So generally we would suggest the following as good rules of thumb;
- only use Atom/Ion for the smallest Core/Hybrids or for test systems
- When you use an Atom Core always try to configure a NAS as this will offload fileserving to the NAS.
- Avoid build a system using an Atom Core if more than 2-3 traditional MD's will be in use consurrently streaming media if you don't have a NAS.
- The more motion based IP cameras you add the more load... this equates to less available for other tasks like MD's, media (in Dianemo we support running motion on MD's to distribute the load)
- If you dont anticipate using MD's then Atom's are more viable as the overall system will have less load on it.
All the best