[mythtv-users] mini-itx core-duo frontend for HD content

Gregor guirara at gmail.com
Thu May 25 21:58:22 UTC 2006

If you don't mind running a Micro ATX board instead of a mini-ITX board, the
MSI K8NGM2-FID is an** Athlon 64 socket 939 board with a built-in NVIDIA
Geforce 6150 with VGA, DVI, S-video, and Component outputs, plus a SPDIF out
connector on the motherboard:


With an A643000+ Venice chip (which is more than capable enough to play
1080i), it's under $200, and all you need is memory and a case, and a SPDIF

I have not personally used a Geforce 6150 board, although I've heard that
the Linux drivers are finally working OK for the graphics and the chipset
(although I haven't heard specificly about 1080i component output).  I'm
currently running an older, slower AGP socket 754 board with the K8M800 Via
chipset, a Newcastle A643000+, and a Geforce FX5200 card as a combined
backend/frontend, and I can watch 1080i recordings deinterlaced to 1600x1200
with no problems and CPU at ~75% without XVMC, and at ~55% with XVMC.

If you can use VGA or don't mind using an outboard VGA to component
convertor, there are tons of Micro-ATX socket 754 boards to choose from, and
almost any socket 754 Sempron processor should be able to decode 1080i

I also have a Commell LV-667T with component out which did work in the one
1080i XVMC Xine playback test I did with EPIOS, but I haven't had time to
get it running with MythTV yet.


On 5/25/06, Paul Bender <pebender at san.rr.com> wrote:
> Steven Adeff wrote:
> > On 5/25/06, Jacob Sheck <shec0002 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >>I have a HD3000 capturing all kinds of content on my backend server.  I
> have
> >>been able to tweak my P4 2.53 533FSB to almost play HD content
> smoothly.  I
> >>am now trying to come up with the most cost effective way to play HD
> content
> >>smoothly, with spdif and YPbPr connections.  I love my via M10000 runing
> >>linpvr, but the CLE266 just doesn't cut it.  Can anyone confirm or deny
> that
> >>the core duo can play back; smoothly Full HD 1080i recordings?  The guys
> >>over at logic supply have an interesting board, that I think would be a
> good
> >>solution if I can get the play back going.
> >>http://www.logicsupply.com/product_info.php/products_id/552.
> >> If I am totaly out in left field here, I would love suggestions on the
> >>cheapest way to play hd content smoothly, the only other option I see
> now,
> >>would be a pentium 4 630, or a pentium d something.
> >
> >
> > they certainly can. I don't know if all of them can, the lower speed
> > ones may have some issues(?). The other question is if the graphics
> > chip is able to handle 1080i?
> >
> > Does the YPbPr connector do Svideo or is it component for SD?
> > It's too bad it has a VGA connector and not DVI.
> There is a DVI adapter for the motherboard
> <http://www.logicsupply.com/product_info.php/products_id/457>, but it is
> relatively expensive.
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