AnandTech Does Lnyx (Llano) HTPC Style
I’m really happy to see that in addition to the standard “PC” reviews on Lynx (desktop Llano) launch day, there’s at least one HTPC perspective on the platform. You’ll have to read it to get the full story, but it definitely looks like AMD could have a solid competitor to SNB’s in our niche once they nail down some driver issues.
Present day consumers use their PCs for multimedia intensive tasks such as HD video playback. These HTPC tasks are not very power efficient when done using the x86 processor alone. Gamers have remained the main focus of the GPU developers. However, the GPU architecture (coupled with a dedicated video decoder on the same silicon) is quite useful for video playback and post processing also. This lightens the load on the x86 processor, and so, even consumers who rarely game opt to go for a discrete HTPC graphics card.