[mythtv-users] System specifications review...

Bill Williamson bill at bbqninja.com
Mon Nov 16 09:28:37 UTC 2009

On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 8:02 PM, Robert <RobertCL at iname.com> wrote:
> On Mon, November 16, 2009 2:37 am, Patrick Doyle wrote:
>> On Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 8:38 AM, Robert Longbottom <RobertCL at iname.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Patrick Doyle wrote:
>>>> Graphics:
>>>> ASUS EN9600GT SILENT/2D/512MD3 GeForce 9600 GT 512MB
>>>> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121324
>>> That sure is a monster!  I'd be a little worried about the cooling pipe
>>> that
>>> loops out of the top (see 3rd image) - I think it might stop you getting
>>> the
>>> lid back on the case without some "modification" (i.e. cut a bit hole in
>>> the
>>> lid!)  But you might just be ok...
>> Hmmm... I hadn't noticed that heat pipe until you mentioned it.  Now
>> that you've mentioned it, I've gone back and looked at all of the
>> reviews in Newegg.  It's odd that nobody mentioned it there.  So
>> perhaps it isn't that much of a problem.
>> What _is_ a problem though, is the fact that it doesn't have an HDMI
>> output (which I only noticed upon careful reading of the reviews --
>> thanks for taking the time to comment on this and thus encourage me to
>> go carefully read the reviews).  I am planning on hooking this box up
>> to my LCD TV via HDMI.  It would have been a real bummer to get the
>> box put together and find that I didn't have a place to plug in the
>> HDMI cable.
>> For some reason, I feel drawn to the GeForce GT220, despite the fact
>> that the wiki doesn't say anything about its capability to handle
>> 1080i.  There was a fanless version announced, apparently fairly
>> recently, (see
>> http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/NewsRoom/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=1299&MenuID=13&LanID=0),
>> but I can't figure out how/where to buy it.
>> Does anybody have a better recommendation for a low power fanless
>> VDPAU capable board that can support Advanced (2x) deinterlace?
> I've been thinking about buying one of these:
> http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173763
> But I'm not really sure if it's up to the job of Advanced (2x)...  On the
> plus side (for me anyway) it's fanless and only takes up a single slot...

I've got a fanless Palit 9500GT which does advanced 2x and has digital
audio passthrough.  Highly recommended.

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