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

Brian Phillips brian.phillips at gmx.net
Thu Dec 31 22:52:42 UTC 2009

Yeechang Lee wrote:
> 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.   

It's definitely not an "end-all" product.  Some will go with it, some will
go with VDPAU.  But it now brings intel onboard graphics chipsets onto the
same playing field as NVIDIA GeForce cards.  However cheap VDPAU cards may
be, intel onboard graphics are cheaper...


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