[mythtv-users] Recommended CPU speed

Brian Foddy bfoddy at visi.com
Wed Mar 24 16:48:27 EST 2004

On Wed, 24 Mar 2004, Patrick Reynolds wrote:
> Until you try to cool it!  Buy whatever can be cooled with a CPU heatsink
> and a slow case fan.  If your CPU needs its own fan, it doesn't belong in
> a frontend.
> The mid-range AMDs (2000-2400 or so) seem to offer a good mix of price,
> performance, and power dissipation.  I have an Athlon 2400+ Barton with
> heatsink only in a Shuttle SK41G, and the case fan never has to step up to
> fast-and-noisy mode, even when doing MPEG4 encoding, playback, and
> commercial flagging.
> --Patrick
They are a little pricey, but the Zalman 7000 series cpu fans
are very quiet.  I have one a XP2500 and even at its fastest mode
I can barely hear the machine in quiet living room.  And the cpu
runs about 35C, I could probably slow it down more...

They are also a bit heavy, apparently over the recommended heatsink
weight, so handle the case carefully.


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