[mythtv-users] ION "LE" suitable for VDPAU ?

Johnny jarpublic at gmail.com
Tue Nov 10 17:29:08 UTC 2009

> What is it that makes something "a great Myth FE box", as opposed to "
> greate Myth FE/BE box"?

The frontend priorities are usually, HD playback, small, quiet, etc.
The backend priorities are usually disk space, disk I/O, CPU/RAM
(transcoding, comm-flagging, database). The recently released nvidia
ION systems tend to meet the priorites of a FE better than what we
have had in the past and they hit a better price point. Having
hardware accelerated video with VDPAU means the system can use a low
heat, low power CPU (Intel Atom). So the whole system can be very
small and quiet and still playback HD H264 material. However being
very small and having a less powerful CPU doesn't tend to be ideal for
a BE, but some make it work in very simple setups.

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