- Dual core Intel Atom N300 processor
- Ion chipset
- Small SSD boot drive
- Large (1.5 or 2.0TB) Green Drive
- 2 GB RAM
- mini-ITX form factor
The fly in this ointment is that I have a ATSC tuner on a PCI card in the current box (a very reliable PCHDTV 3000), and getting a mini-ITX Ion with a PCI slot is limiting. As far as I can tell, it is limited to one motherboard: the ASUS AT3N7A-I. And anytime I see customer reviews that include such tidbits as "noisy fan" or "uses more energy than other Ion motherboards" I start wishing for other options.
And the other option is to go with another network tuner. I already have one HDHomerun which along with my PCI tuner gives me the capacity to record three simultaneous shows on the rare days when that's a good thing. Replacing the PCI version with another HDHomerun would open up a larger world of Ion or Atom motherboards with more modern card slots. I even see that Silicon Dust has recently released an economy single tuner model which can be had from newegg for $81.97 shipped. And this will keep the new server cooler and quieter, as well as having another tuner Windows Media Center on my wife's computer can access. Win, win, win.