[mythtv-users] Zotac ZBox HD-ID11-U (ION 2?)ships

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Mon May 10 23:12:46 UTC 2010

On Monday 10 May 2010 04:50:27 pm Steven Adeff wrote:
> On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 5:09 PM, White, Joe <wwhite at bankofamerica.com> 
> > The first of the ION 2’s.  I was kind of excited about this until the
> > reviewer at NewEgg poked some holes in my balloon.
> >
> >
> >
> > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856173005&cm_re=ato
> >m_d510-_-56-173-005-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_
> >-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440023&PID=2403526&SID=zotac-zbox
> what was poked exactly?
> I think the big disappointment in the ION2 platform is that the GPU
> doesn't look fast enough to do Advanced 2x on 1080i material, so it
> looks to be no better than an original ION for MythTV/VDPAU.

A serious consideration, since the only advantage I was expecting from the 
ION2 was the ability to do Adv2x.


I'd like to see a couple of RAM slots instead of just 1. Single-channel memory 
is so 20th Century.

I don't like being forced to buy WiFi whether I want it or not. A mini-PCIe 
slot would allow the user to go with WiFi if desired, and also use a CrystalHD  
module, also if desired.

The card reader is unnecessary, the user could just connect a USB reader is 
needed. A cheap "feature" to boost the price without raising the cost.

The list of "features" seems mostly software-related, and not anything Myth 
would want.

I don't see any real advantage over the Revo 1600. The second core isn't 
really needed for a Myth frontend.

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