I still read on here that these cards are not working with the open source driver and you eliminate the option of using hardware decoding right off the bat by virtue of it being AMD. So much for open source when you can't even use the features the card is supposed to have. How well does the acceleration work?
I would try to find a used GTX 460 (1GB if possible). There should be some floating around and that way, you get VDPAU (I like AMD, but I get the feeling pigs will fly before their damned lawyers allow them to really open up UVD).
6450 TDP - 18W
GTX 460 TDP - needs its own nuclear plant (I kid, I kid)
http://openbenchmarking.org/result/1...RA-1212312RA16 This 260GTX were mine. The 4core CPUs across the board deliver near same performance, so you can judge.
Yes, no video acceleration currently, this relies on CPU. But I personally found out that it is better to accelerate every codec, than only bunch of them. I wait for working HSA/OpenCL which claimed to be opensource.
The GPUs recieve a lot of attention recently on all opensource drivers. So its my choice, but everyone has to choose himself.