[mythtv-users] New frontend... Atom?

TJ Harris tjharris at weaselworkz.com
Tue Nov 10 03:42:32 UTC 2009

On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 12:34 PM, Greg Cope <gregcope at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2009/11/9 Richard Morton <richard.e.morton at gmail.com>:
>> Hi Greg,
>> fans!
>> I know the dual core isn't fanless (single core is as standard I
>> understand) at least on the zotac boards; but I am looking for a
>> completely silent solution to replace my SP13000 at some point...
>> So after your post I went looking; after hooking out the HDD and
>> putting in some sort of flash storage; it could be silent if there was
>> a big enough heatsink... is the revo fanless? Has anyone got a atom
>> dual core fanless system running?
> The dual core has a fan.  Not a big one.  Basically a laptop fan that
> cools a small ali? heatsink on the CPU and GPU.  It also vents the
> case.

The single core revo also has a fan.   When adding RAM, I found that
it has one fan over the CPU with ducts connecting it to the air vents
on the side.

I'm pretty sensitive to system noise, and I have never noticed any
noise from my revo, even in a quiet room.

I was reluctant to get the older revo with only a single core.  But, I
have no complaints with it as a frontend.  With VDPAU decoding HD
MPEG2 takes less than 10% cpu.    If I was doing a mixed front/backend
machine, I might go with the dual core.  The dual hyperthreaded cores
would be good for commercial detection.

> I think you could run one fanless with a big heatsink.  It would need
> a little case modding!
> My present host is in the garage, which is where the revo might end up
> - hence I do not care about noise.
> Greg
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