We took the time to play around with the A51 for about a week and found that it was fully capable of performing all the task of a HTPC system. Granted a simple external hard drive can be connecting to a network or directly to the TV and film, photos and music all can be sourced from it. But systems like the A51 will allow you to do so much more like browsing the internet, playing some low graphic requiring games.
Main screen of the BIOS indicating the basic specifications of the system.
CD installation screen.
HWiNFO64 detailing all the specifications of the system.
CPU and ram usage while playing back a hi-def video over our LAN.