[mythtv-users] Build a robust FE - irritated with IONs

Greg Oliver oliver.greg at gmail.com
Thu Dec 23 15:50:51 UTC 2010

On Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 12:49 AM, Christopher Kerr
<mythtv at theseekerr.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 23, 2010 at 4:33 PM, Greg Oliver <oliver.greg at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Dec 22, 2010 at 11:18 PM, Dave Richardson <mythtv at derdev.com> wrote:
>>> I forget if it's been Robert's axe to grind about the IONs being
>>> underpowered, but... I've just about had it with my IONs.  (ZOTAC C-U,
>>> B-somethings)
>>> I have one specific FE that I really want to have perform well and this ION
>>> mITX stuff amounts to half-a-solution and lot of wasted time tuning. Yeah,
>>> Myth's a hobby, but if the point of the hobby is to actually WATCH something
>>> instead of tinkering and tuning, then I want to think about some gear that
>>> isn't so marginal.
>>> Main complaint: truly high quality vdpau playback isn't consistently
>>> possible and seems to require quite a bit of tuning and fiddling to sustain.
>>>  For me, this makes a credible case against Comcast HD DVR difficult to
>>> support.
>>> What specs would put forth a quiet-as-possible FE that had some real balls,
>>> was ideally fanless/quiet, and didn't need a lot of tuning to kick ass?
>>> Basically, spec something that doesn't breathe hard when I watch the damned
>>> nightly news (yes, you may laugh that I watch the news - it's kind of a
>>> metaphor anyways)
>>> Anyone else feel this pain?  Is it just as simple as getting into the GT 2xx
>>> chips/cards?
>> I did feel the pain - I cannot bash the revo 1600s I have, but I have
>> to admit that they are underpowered for anything that needs a good
>> de-interlacer.  I would especially not recommend any system that is
>> truly only capable of a vdpau slim profile with a screen larger than
>> 42" for a sports fan  :)
> My Ion's do VDPAU Normal flawlessly, what's wrong with yours? Never
> had a reason to even consider Slim.

Watch a hockey game in HD, and then come and talk to me.  Of course,
your and my idea of flawless may be different.

> To the OP - yeah, the GT220 has plenty of guts for any video you care
> to throw at it, and appears to be identical to the new GT 430 for
> video decoding purposes. The GT210 has most of the same limitations as
> an Ion.
> - Chris
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