[mythtv-users] NVIDIA Ion platform - all your dreams come true?

Allen Edwards allen.p.edwards at gmail.com
Fri Dec 19 00:50:58 UTC 2008

On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 1:33 PM, Bill Williamson <bill at bbqninja.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 7:53 AM, Preston Crow <pc-mythtv08a at crowcastle.net
> > wrote:
>> On Thu, 2008-12-18 at 20:15 +0100, Stephen Boddy wrote:
>> > http://www.dailytech.com/NVIDIA+Unveils+Ion+Platform/article13723.htm
>> >
>> > Intel Atom plus VDPAU capable nvidia chipset on a tiny board. They
>> > mention nettops as well as netbooks, so provided it has network (wired),
>> > this would be the ultimate minimalist low power network booting
>> > frontend.
>> Nice concept, but why don't they make any low-power full-featured
>> motherboards?  I want a low-power CPU, but I also want several expansion
>> slots, dual ethernet, etc.  For a combined FE/BE/firewall/etc
>> convergence system, I need a minimum of two PCI slots, dual ethernet (or
>> an extra slot), and on-board video (or a PCIe slot).
>> In other words, why is it so hard to find motherboards designed for
>> desktop use with low-power ("mobile") processors?
>> At this point, I'm probably going to wait for the dual-core Nehalem
>> chips (quad core is overkill).
> It's not, at least in the AMD world.  You can use a low voltage Athlon X2
> on almost any AM2 motherboard.
> For intel:
> http://au.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=54
> http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2292
> The deal with these boards is that they're "all in one" and micro, which
> used to also mean "low performance."  What you want has always existed.
> To be honest, most (if not all) modern processors support dynamic clocking,
> which is WELL supported in linux.  When my box is doing nothing (like right
> now) it scaled back to 1ghz (or maybe even less).  It draws much less power.
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> would you be so kind as to post a reference to dynamic clocking support for
a mythtv box?  This is just what I have been looking for.  A Google search
didn't turn up much.  Perhaps I don't know what to search on.
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