Zotacs boards seems nice, i only chose my Gigabyte GA-D525TUD
, because it was cheap (99$), had 4 sata ports and had the fastest Atom CPU.
Some of the downsides is VGA output (no HDMI), only PCI (not pcie), last the system is not fanless , but im building my own mod 92 mm fan-mod =)
The good things is the 4 sata ports, raid is optionally (you can even buy a pci card that adds 4 more), DDR3 ram, Gigabit LAN, Surround Sound?
Compare CPU benchmarks 525/510http://www.cpubenchmark.net/midlow_range_cpus.html
My Challenge was that my Sony Bravia W5500 has a pretty slow LAN interface.. 44mb/s.. so.. i have to keep the bitrate down, and as you know, the more you try to squeeze the movie, the more CPU it takes.
I tested with a 720p bluray rip of the movie "300", i started it 58 minutes into the movie.. the scene with the many arrows falling from the sky is a pretty good test, imo.
Start with stutters for a sec..but after that, not one single jitter..Note, the atom JUST makes it.. with above test, it takes about 2-3 minutes before i can even see blue @ transcoding buffer-bar..but still it works without hickups..
this is with
subtitles (wich takes up even more CPU as i understand/experience it)
I DID NOT set a bandwidth limit as it seems to be heavy for the CPU, rather i tried to keep the bitrate under 44 mb/s by using: keyint=5:vqscale=4:vqmin=3
So, I suppose that your TV can receive more data than 44 mb/s?.. if yes.. then it should not be a problem to transcode up to 720p with mencoder (maybe more, but 1080 i doubt it).
If no, then ..if your not using subtitles, then you should still be fine.
But if your'e using subtitles, then some extreme scenes in 720p might stutter.. still, i'd think you'd be good!
If tsMuxer can read the file, you should be able to do 1080 aswell (without subs)