Unfortunately, even the Eden-class CPUs from Epia clocked at 1GHz were often times too slow to consider for use in a home theater environment. All the effort into producing a low-power CPU resulted in too large of a hit to performance. However, along with HD-TB output support, DDR-2, hardware MPEG-2 decoding, and offering both 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz varieties for the CPU, this might be Via's break that makes them a good contender for home media. In the performance testing, the Via board did very well, considering it's past. Unfortunately, it still fell short of being flawless, unable to play 720P or 1080P media without stuttering. To it's credit, however, it played 720P video better than an Athlon64 3400+, showing that the improvements to the Epia CPU have come a long way. For a standard home theater system, it's quite ready. It's an interesting article, and if you are into media and embedded computing, take a look.
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