[mythtv-users] Quiet CPU Cooler Recommendations

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Fri Jan 26 17:49:06 UTC 2007

On Jan 26, 2007, at 10:38 AM, Kirk Bocek wrote:

> I need to build a new front-end only box for the bedroom that needs  
> to be dead
> silent. I can figure out everything but the CPU/Cooler.
> Is there a CPU out there that's powerful enough to playback HD  
> where the
> cooler is dead silent? It doesn't need to *record* HD or do  
> transcoding --
> I'll do that elsewhere.

Recording HD takes virtually no CPU, you're just moving an MPEG  
stream to your drive. Transcoding can take some CPU, but if you're  
not in a hurry it doesn't have to, unless you're trying to do it in  
real time.

Playing back HD can take a lot of CPU, unless you can get some help  
from the GPU, and that's really just moving the load.

De-Interlace can take some CPU as well.

Have a look at:


They have "quiet" (not necessarily "silent") coolers for just about  
any CPU.

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