[mythtv-users] Hardware for HD Playback
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Thu Aug 23 20:51:57 UTC 2007
On Friday 24 August 2007 04:31, David George wrote:
> On 08/23/2007 11:51 AM, Chris Tepe wrote:
> > With the change from Zap2it to SD probably requiring an upgrade I'm
> > thinking of upgrading my hardware as well to support HD recording and
> > play back. I'm looking for some recommendations as to MB, CPU, Memory
> > and Video Card. I will eventually have 1 master backend/frontend and 2+
> > frontends. I've looked at the hardware databases on the web but none
> > really address the HD issue clearly. My current systems are a couple of
> > atholon 2300+ w/ nVidia gforce cards and a HD Home run . my playback
> > was very choppy.
> You don't mention your output method to your HDTV. There are lots of
> messages on this list about hardware. Probably your best bet for good
> matches would be to search the archives for "hd motherboard".
> In any case, if you can use VGA, DVI-D, or component out the Asus
> M2NPV-VM with an Athlon X2 3600+ works great for HD and you don't need
> to resort to xvmc. It includes onboard nVidia 6150 with the above
> mentioned outputs. I have several of these boards and they work great.
I've recently put a machine together around the M2NPV-VM. Currently it is
doing BE/FE but will eventually be a diskless FE. I've only been using for
SD but it works fine.
A couple of things worth mentioning:
There is no onboard S/PDIF, you need to purchase a little expansion board.
The heatsink on the onboard graphics is small.
Running fancontrol to quiet the cpu fan results in a _very_ hot chip and
surrounding board. No stability problems but I've only run it for maybe 3
hours at a time. It can't be good to be that hot. Airflow when the cpu fan
is fullspeed is enough to keep it cool though. Until I get a quieter HSF
I've got a cardboard duct going to a case fan. I moonlight as a breakfast
cereal duct designer for NASA so this might not be an appropriate solution
for those without access to the requisite precision machine-shop.
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