[mythtv-users] Mac Mini and Broadcom Crystal HD PCI Express mini-card

Yeechang Lee ylee at pobox.com
Thu Dec 31 22:34:33 UTC 2009

Jarod Wilson <jarod at wilsonet.com> says:
> > Just want to get an idea.  Also how does this compare to VDPAU?
> > Better? Worse?  Same?
> As Byron said, it'll use a bit more cpu, as we have to move buffers
> around from the crystalhd decoder to your video card . . . It can be
> used with any video output card, assuming you have a slot to put the
> decoder in

But the Broadcom card still requires a slot. I am still seeing the
rationale for buying one when a $40 Nvidia card today is a) fully
supported by MythTV, mplayer, XBMC and other software, and b) has the
latest-and-greatest video-output hardware built in too.

Frontend/backend:	P4 3.0GHz, 1.5TB software RAID 5 array
Backend:		Quad-core Xeon 1.6GHz, 6.6TB sw RAID 6
Video inputs:		Four high-definition over FireWire/OTA
Accessories:		47" 1080p LCD, 5.1 digital, and MX-600

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