[mythtv-users] Will nvidia 7600GS reduce CPU load over 6200 (both AGP) in an older, underpowered machine?
Jeffrey J. Kosowsky
mythtv-users at kosowsky.org
Tue Dec 9 15:39:52 UTC 2008
Brad DerManouelian wrote at about 07:20:37 -0800 on Tuesday, December 9, 2008:
> On Dec 9, 2008, at 7:02 AM, Jeffrey J. Kosowsky wrote:
> > Now that I finally have 1080i playing mostly without audio buffer
> > underruns and prebuffering pauses with my 6200 AGP card, I am
> > wondering whether upgrading to a 7600 AGP card will reduce
> > mythfrontend CPU load further?
> > With extra audio buffering added, the playback on 6200 is now
> > passable provided I turn on XvMC and make sure that nothing else is
> > using
> > the CPU. It truly appears to be CPU limited (I have a P4 2.8GHz) as
> > follows:
> > Mythfrontend: 60-65%
> > Mythbackend: 8-10%
> > Pluseaudio: 8-10%
> > X: 4-6%
> > I would really like to get some extra CPU margin.
> > Would a 7600GS AGP card enable further offloading of CPU usage or will
> > it have limited to no effect in mythtv?
> > (note I have no interest in 3D gaming)
> > Would any other (< $100) card be likely to help me extend the life of
> > this older machine?
> A 7600 would give no benefit over a 6200 in MythTV. If you want to
> upgrade get a card with a GPU that supports VDPAU. Even though you
> will have to wait until the next version of MythTV to use it, it will
> be there and ready for you when it happens.
> A list of supported cards are here
Thanks - no AGP cards I see.
So it seems like I am at the end of the line and will need to bite the
bullet to upgrade or just use mplayer for playback since it seems to
use a little less CPU (not sure why though).
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