[mythtv-users] Torn between 9400 IGP and discrete 9500GT

Travis Tabbal travis at tabbal.net
Fri Jun 5 14:56:20 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 8:32 AM, Brian Long <briandlong at gmail.com> wrote:

> As I understand it, an ideal motherboard for VDPAU usage is one which
> has the Nvidia 9400 IGP (i.e. Gigabit E2SL, etc).  However, I've read
> that the 9400 IGP cannot handle the most advanced deinterlacing
> schemes like Advanced 2X and a discrete graphics card is required.
> For about the same price as a Nvidia 9400-based board ($130), I could
> get a cheap motherboard and a 9500GT or 9600GT.  Since I'm looking to
> keep things compact, I'm thinking a low-profile card makes the most
> sense.  What do you think?

In one of my frontends, the onboard graphics is a 6150. So I stuck a
GF9800GT/OC in there. I can run all the deinterlacers. I don't notice a big
difference between Advanced 2X and Temporal 2X on my setup. My screen is a
60" 720p, it might be more noticeable on a 1080p screen I suppose. My other
FE is an 8000 series onboard and I use Temporal 2X there. It looks good to
me. Better than any deinterlacer my CPU can run.

If you want to keep things compact, I would go with the Zotac mini-ITX ION
board and a suitable case. Those are small enough to mount to the back of a
TV. My next FE will likely be based on this or something like it if more ION
boards make it out before then.
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