Originally Posted by adamadamant
It seems a shame that Intel et al appear to be sacrificing cooling/ fan noise in the race to be small in the small form factor segment.
I'm not sure how you can draw that conclusion.
Intel is very focused on power usage and heat dissipation. In fact, their most recent generation of x86 chips is almost exclusively focused on power/heat.
Consider, from your example:
- What is/was the price of a i5-based MacBook?
- What is/was the price of a E450-based PC, which is also a ~3 year old (2011) design.
I'm not disputing your assertion that the E450-based PC is noisy, but I'm just not sure how you put that on Intel's doorstep.
I'd blame the E450's fan/case if I were you.