I've been doing some looking at the Atom stuff and it looks pretty good. However, I've also ran across a few places that compare the new VIA processors to the Atom, and their testing shows the new VIA boards are better overall. Not only are they roughly 30% faster overall, but according to what I've read VIA is very open about what manufacturers can put on their boards while Intel is being very restrictive. From one of the articles:http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=597
"If there is egg to be thrown in anyone's face from this article, it is on Intel for its locking down of the Atom platform. Since Computex this year I have been hearing complaints from board vendors on the amount of restrictions Intel is putting on them for Atom products. Vendors are not allowed to build Atom motherboards with PCI Express, digital video outputs or more than one memory slot. VIA on the other hand is openly courting board manufacturers to put as much technology on a mini-ITX design as they can - as long as the DO build one! "
This article is almost a year old, so maybe things have changed?
I did try doing a couple searches here, but when you search for VIA you get a plethora of stuff like "changing this via doing that" type stuff, and searching for via nano doesn't give much.
I try to keep an eye on this forum, but I miss a lot of posts and searching didn't help much. Please forgive me if this has been discussed at length already.
In the past there has been some talk about improved chrome drivers, but it seems with the new Atom boards being available the VIA boards have somewhat lost interest. I guess I'd just like to hear a discussion on these two options. Pros and cons. Things like the VIA boards have better performance, but the integrated graphics are poorly supported. Maybe you can get a VIA system with a PCI slot and toss in a $50 nvidia video card? Some Atom boards have issues with PXE boot and/or video that locks up... An Atom based board can only have VGA connectors, no DVI/HDMI (?). Improvements expected with 810?
Basically, I've come full circle on this. First I was leaning towards VIA. Then with all the issues with the Chrome drivers I was just waiting for anything better to come out, either better drivers or another small form factor option. Then I got all excited about Atom boards. Now that I've read up on them and seen comparisons with the newer VIA boards I'm back to leaning towards VIA, either with better drivers or even an add-on video card. Will any of these play 1080p in UI2+overlay? The more I read the more confused I get.
edit: of course after I post this I see the thread about the ION NetDevice... Didn't realize ION was Atom+nVidia 9400. Not out yet, and looks like it may be much more $$ than current Atom/VIA systems but I guess we will see when it's up for sale on newegg.com etc.