Yeah great; test the GPU at the lowest settings and then declare it awesome. There is so much fudge in AnandTechs articles you have to wonder how much Intel is paying him.
That isn't to dismiss some of SB good points but many of those good points require rewritten software to take advantage of the new features. Running your old software the results are much more of a mixed bag. A 10% boost might not be worth it for some people especially if the GPU tanks at higher quality levels.
Ive never read anything AnandTech article that made me think they were getting paid to speak favourably. What previous reviews have they done are fudged?
I dont get this, on two points. 1) An HTPC doesnt have to be a super computer and the Mac Mini with the C2D+320M with more than sufficient for streaming or decoded 1080p MKV files while pushing to an HDTV. 2) The Mac Mini as an HTPC is an expensive but poor option unless youre using a UI designed for it, which the Mac Mini does not come with. Front Row is not an HTPC UI, its a 10-foot UI, but it barely has the parts needed and still requires a keyboard/mouse to operate half the time.