[mythtv-users] recommended video card for h.264 playback

Bill Williamson bill at bbqninja.com
Tue Jul 13 05:49:12 UTC 2010

On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 3:38 PM, Joe Harvell
<jharvell+lists.mythtv-users at dogpad.net> wrote:
> I just started recording with the HD-PVR.  My video card is a GeForce
> 7600 GT and the processor is a 2.4 GHz Dual Core (E6600).
> So far I've captured at 1080i @13.5 Mbits/sec.  The content is actually
> SD content over 1080i (black bars on the side).  The playback profile is
> set to use Xvmc, which I'm assuming falls back to some sort of default
> software decoder.  The playback is fine, but the CPU temp is making my
> fans generate unacceptable noise.
> I haven't looked at this in a while, but apparently nVidia supports
> h.264 hardware decoding on their newer cards for Linux with VDPAU.  I
> want to be able to decode H.264 and MPEG-2 with very little host CPU
> required as long as the video card doesn't heat up the system.  I'm
> trying to reduce noise and heat.  I do want high quality decoding, but
> cost is a slight concern.
> Any recommendations would be appreciated.

I believe the current golden child is the nvidia GT220 with 1gb of
ram.  You can find it in both fanned and fanless.

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