"I'm not sure how you can draw that conclusion."
I probably wasn't being totally clear but by Intel, I meant specifically their NUC (along with the Gigabyte Brix, current Zotacs etc). In the absence of empirical data, I can only go by comments in a very small number of reviews about audible fan noise (in one YouTube review, one Brix model's fan noise was described as "howling", but then it was being stress tested). However the noise levels are never quantified (despite there being an industry standard), and it's left to individuals to speculate how relevant these comments are to their own circumstances. The fact that all of the latest mid to-high range small form factor PC reviews have drawn comments about the fan noise to varying degrees, suggests that (small) size matters most and preventing noise "pollution" through better fan/case design, is not a high priority for the manufacturers when considering the "Next Unit of Computin
"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."
Again, aplogies if I haven't been clear: The Eeebox's AMD E450 is is gloriously quiet normally, but the APU will not play video smoothly from certain websites (I quoted the CBC as one). It runs the CPU consistently above 80%. It will however play other high quality streams without effort.
By upgrading to something with a beefier CPU, I want to keep the E450's quietness but have no issues with streaming video.