We began this site in 2008 as a way to group and index media player products according to 'chipset'.
Modern media and computing products (media boxes / phones / tablets / HTPCs) are built around a single chip, containing the CPU, graphics processor (GPU), audio hardware and all other functions. This type of integrated design is called SoC (System on a Chip), or simply 'chipset'.
All products with the same chipset will have the same core performance and features. There will be some differences in terms of software (firmware) but these will be relatively minimal.
When we started in 2008 we concentrated on the specialist media player chipsets that were prevalent at the time. At around 2012 the market for media players switched to the Android operating system and the chipsets became ARM based. These same ARM chipsets are used in phones and tablets. At the start of 2015 a new breed of HTPC based on SoCs from Intel were launched running Windows, creating a viable alternative to Android.
This site lists all three types of chipset together in one index and has pages explaining chipsets for each category:
Mini-HTPCs based on low-power SoCs from Intel first appeared at the end of 2014.
Ratings are updated regularly (last SEP-2015) and are a factor in the index ranking.
|Intel Braswell Pentium N3700||2015 Jul||Quad-core||Intel Gen8||1.6 - 2.40Ghz||Good||4|
|Intel Braswell Celeron N3150||2015 Jul||Quad-core||Intel Gen8||1.6 - 2.08Ghz||Good||4|
|Intel Braswell Celeron N3000||2015 Apr||Dual-core||Intel Gen8||1.6 - 2.08Ghz||Good||3.5|
|Intel Braswell Celeron N3050||2015 Apr||Dual-core||Intel Gen8||1.6 - 2.16Ghz||Good||3.5|
|Intel Cherry Trail Z8700||2015 Aug||Quad-core||Intel Gen8||1.44 - 2.40Ghz||Good||3.5|
|Intel Cherry Trail Z8500||2015 Aug||Quad-core||Intel Gen8||1.44 - 2.24Ghz||Good||3.5|
|Intel Cherry Trail Z8300||2015 Aug||Quad-core||Intel Gen8||1.44 - 1.88Ghz||Good||3.5|
|Intel Bay Trail 3736||2015 Mar||Quad-core||Intel Gen7||1.3 - 2.16Ghz||Good||37,000||3.5|
|Intel Bay Trail 3735||2014 Nov||Quad-core||Intel Gen7||1.3 - 1.83Ghz||Good||30,000||3.5|