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

Brian J. Murrell brian at interlinx.bc.ca
Wed Oct 12 16:05:00 UTC 2011

On 11-10-12 11:54 AM, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> Exactly.  If done right, you can get a nice Athlon II dual core or Core 
> 2 Duo or Core i3/Core i5 dual core system for ~$200.

Typically bigger and noisier than the nettops that this crowd is liking.

> And, the crazy 
> part is that with proper planning, you'll have a system that idles at or 
> below the same power usage as the Atom-based system (which has no 
> appreciable idle-mode power savings--meaning that it's always running at 
> the same power usage).

Power consumption is not my goal (although it's nice gravy) but rather
small enough to hide behind the wall mounted TV and (for all intents and
purposes) silent).  Big honking 400W (or even 250W) PSes with fans don't
fit that profile.

> The benefit of the real processor is that you 
> have headroom available for when you need it.  There is no benefit of 
> Atom--other than the ability to buy off-the-shelf systems.

And have it sit silently behind the wall mounted television.


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