AlbertP wrote:D2700 contains PowerVR graphics - which does not work very well. You'd better use the D525 which has Intel GMA 3150 graphics built-in.
AlbertP wrote:Yes, on Windows it has better performance. But on Linux, GMA 3150 just works but the PowerVR graphics is a pain. Basically, you do not have any 3D acceleration and there are lots of issues with black screens.
For older Mints there used to be the EMGD driver but that driver is not well maintained. On Mint 13 it requires compiling your own kernel, and even then it sometimes doesn't work at all.
minties wrote:AlbertP wrote:D2700 contains PowerVR graphics - which does not work very well. You'd better use the D525 which has Intel GMA 3150 graphics built-in.
From what I've read, the GMA 3650(PowerVR graphics) doubles the GPU performance of the GMA 3150. The 3150 couldn't even come close to the performance of AMD's Zacate APUs, and thus Intel had to use PowerVR graphics to boost GPU performance. It's still not good enough to match Zacate, but it's a hell of a lot better than GMA 3150. That's what I've read.
I have the Atom N2600 in my netbook, which is the latest generation 32nm CPU. It has the integrated GMA 3600 GPU(also PowerVR) and uses a mere 3.5W. I am running Mint 13 Mate 64 bit with 1GB RAM. The netbook runs Mint fine. Based on my CPU, I would advise you not to expect too much performance from an Atom. However the D2700 does use 10W, and it runs 500Mhz faster and has a slightly better GPU, but I'd dare say the performance wouldn't be much different from my N2600. Muxing with an Atom? Personally, I wouldn't go there.
catalin-ch wrote:Minties does say that he has the Power VR and it's working just fine with Mint 13, why would you argue with that?
catalin-ch wrote:minties wrote:Do you have anything at home that you could stream to, like a PS3, XBOX or a DLNA TV?
AlbertP wrote:Mintie perhaps does not use 3D acceleration. He uses Mate, which does not need 3D.
catalin-ch wrote:After further consideration I am now more inclined to go with the Intel DN2800MT board featuring the newer Atom N2800 processor.
AlbertP wrote:The user "powerarmour" in that thread says the same: only 2D is kinda working, but not all resolutions are available. "Tomek" says the performance is next to useless.
It's quite clear from that thread how well GMA 3650 works on Linux. For some people it may be sufficient but GMA 3150 is cheaper and better on Linux. If you have a well-supported GPU like the 3150, you will also need your CPU less. The D525 is not a bad CPU, though it consumes a bit more power than N2800. Still, D525 based computers are very silent. And it has a single-core version D425 which works just as well.
AlbertP wrote:@ catalin-ch: the GMA 3150 or 3650 graphics is built into the CPU, you can't get 3150 graphics on an N2800.
Indeed, using a seperate graphics card would help, as well as getting a board with integrated nvidia graphics. But that's far more expensive than a D525, and also consumes more power than a D525 + GMA3150 will ever do.
Or do you think GMA 3150 graphics is not enough?
Maybe you thought the D525 was an inferior CPU. However, its CPU part is not much slower than an N2800 (there's just 1% difference according to cpubenchmark.net, which I think is right as it's the same architecture on nearly the same clockspeed). The D2700's CPU part is of course a bit faster as it has a higher 2.13GHz clockspeed.