[mythtv-users] Processor Minimum Specs

Alen Edwards allen.edwards at oldpaloalto.com
Tue Jun 24 14:29:05 UTC 2008

Richard Shaw wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 8:51 AM, John Williams <williamsbyron at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> i'm still working on this myself :)  but i think i can lend a hand.
>>> the 'recommended minimum' processor for HD is currently an Intel
>>> Core2Duo @ 2.5GHz.  i say 'recommended minimum', but i don't think
>>> that that's actually stated anywhere.  that's just what i've gleaned
>> I'd also like to hear about the AMD procs. I have been an AMD guy for a
>> while and while I'm not totally loyal I have had good results and am pretty
>> price sensitive at this point. I would expect to be using 2 - 3 Hard drives.
>> all IDE. I have a 500 GB on my desk I never opened from a while back. and
>> will use it and my main drive on my current machine for recordings in LVM.
> That reminds me, to get acceptable performance on my low end system, I
> had to get a separate drive for recordings. This keeps the database
> activity and recording activity separated. It's probably also worth
> mentioning I'm driving my LCD to it's native resolution, 1366x768. If
> your's is 1080p then you'll want higher end hardware.
> Richard
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I can add two data points for driving a 720p projector.  My first system 
was a P4 2.4GHz system and it almost had enough power using XvMC if I 
didn't let it do the commercial tagging while I was trying to watch.  In 
this case, I only got occasional clicks in the sound so it was just 
barely unwatchable.

The new system has a 5400+ AMD.  I do not use XvMC and I do not use the 
Nvidia proprietary driver (I use nv).  It works great.

As an aside, XvMC causes the sound to stutter when the OSD is on even on 
the new system.  I highly recommend staying away from XvMC if at all 
possible.  Basically, I got stuttering until I switched to CPU++.

Hope this helps.


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