[mythtv-users] Secrets for low powered front ends ?

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Wed Oct 12 14:25:02 UTC 2011

On 10/12/2011 05:51, Tim Draper wrote:
> On 11 October 2011 23:53, Raymond Wagner <raymond at wagnerrp.com 
> <mailto:raymond at wagnerrp.com>> wrote:
>     On 10/11/2011 17:37, Richard Morton wrote:
>     >
>     > Don't forget that the people that know (the devs) don't recommend
>     > ion/nvidia/vdpau systems because they are very codec/encoding
>     > dependant. With that said I have a early dualcore atom
>     >
>     We absolutely do recommend nVidia hardware, and we don't try to
>     dissuade
>     people from VDPAU.  What we are recommending against is people buying
>     ION systems, thinking hardware decoding is the end-all solution to
>     everything, without knowing its potentially severe limitations.
> what about the AMD Fusion, with nvidia GPU?

The whole point of the Fusion is that you get the power savings of that 
integrated GPU.  If you get an 18W CPU, only to pair it up with a 40W 
GPU, why bother gimping yourself with something that's only moderately 
more powerful than an Atom.

> also, when the onslaught of hardware video decoding on all gpu's now 
> (ATI, nvidia, intel), what would be the platform of choice with 
> myth0.25 (i'm on the understanding 0.25 brings ati/intel decoding 
> support), and why?

nVidia.  They have proven themselves with reliable drivers for years 
now, and VDPAU is still far more capable than VAAPI in terms of built-in 
post processing support (deinterlacing).  Beyond that, the nVidia 
drivers offer a number of nice features that allow you to better deal 
with various TVs that are simply not an option with AMD and Intel drivers.
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