[mythtv-users] Quiet CPU Cooler Recommendations

Kirk Bocek t004 at kbocek.com
Fri Jan 26 18:01:40 UTC 2007

Brian Wood wrote:
> 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:
> http://www.endpcnoise.com/cgi-bin/e/silentcpu.html
> They have "quiet" (not necessarily "silent") coolers for just about  
> any CPU.
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Yea, I've visited them before. I'm *hoping* for something totally silent. I've
got a Zalman in the living room box and have gotten the wife used to the very
small amount of noise there. I don't think that I will like even that small
amount of noise in the bedroom.

I'm trying to figure out a silent HD-playback solution for the bedroom.

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