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

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Tue May 11 02:27:08 UTC 2010

On Mon, May 10, 2010 at 7:12 PM, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
> 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>
> wrote:
>> > 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.
> Opinions:
> 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.

I'll politely disagree with some of your assessment of the feature set
(minus the RAM thing, and why no mini-pciexpress?).

does the dual-core help any with flash content like the Hulu and YouTube stuff?

I need to get something, and if the ion2 doesn't add advanced then a
1600 or 3610 seem like the better bet, I just wanna make sure I can
play the flash stuff.

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