[mythtv-users] Dual Core or Dual CPU??

Mike Perkins mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Sat Aug 4 13:57:32 UTC 2007

GyroTech wrote:
> Hello all - I'm looking for some hardware advice for a MythTV server I 
> want to build.
> I'm looking to kit out a fairly beefy back-end, dealing with MythTV and 
> a file server. It's going to have a PCI-E RAID5 card in it (RocketRAID 
> seems to be a good choice there)and two, perhaps four, DVB-T tuner cards 
> in it. All the front ends will be FE-only boxes, maybe even diskless.
> I was looking at forking out for a dual Opteron setup, but since these 
> Core 2 Duos have come out they seem to be able to handle a fair grunt. 
> So, has anyone worked with either\both setups care to give me an honest 
> opinion on what they would do. Obviously the Intel chips and lower power 
> and price on their side, but Opterons have the increased bus bandwidth 
> (which helps greatly in the transcoding) and redundancy on their side.
> Thanks for any and all advice...
Good luck getting a motherboard with enough slots to fit four tuner cards in it. 
Also be aware that the tuner cards, if you have more than two, will most likely 
burn more power than your cpu. Consider USB tuners instead, or, if you are in 
the US, HDHomerun units.

Mike Perkins

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