[mythtv-users] Secrets for low powered front ends ?
pat at flying-gecko.net
Wed Oct 12 19:44:38 UTC 2011
On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 03:17:24PM -0400, Raymond Wagner wrote:
> On 10/12/2011 14:22, Patrick Ouellette wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 01:53:10PM -0400, Raymond Wagner wrote:
> >> Don't make the mistake that it is an "equivalent" system though. A
> >> single 2.4GHz SandyBridge core is going to be considerably more powerful
> >> than the fastest Atom chip on the market. The point were trying to make
> >> is that should hardware decoding fail for whatever reason, you have
> >> nothing to fall back on.
> > Unless I'm using the system for commercial flagging& transcoding, that extra
> > processing power is going to go unused. Since the purpose is a frontend,
> > commercial flagging& transcoding are not going to be happening on it.
> Yes. The frontend is to be used for playback. If you wish to play any
> content other than what VDPAU offers support for, you need CPU power.
> That means codecs not supported, codec options not supported, and even
> some data corruption from a bad recording that ffmpeg can push through
> but VDPAU chokes on. If you want to do flash video, which still does
> not provide hardware accelerated scaling and colorspace merging, you
> need CPU power. Having a worthwhile CPU offers the flexibility to do
> something you may not have initially planned for, without having to buy
> all new hardware.
Please tell me *what* codec support I need *right now* that is not handled
by VPDAU other than flash (which I don't watch on my television - I'm a member
of the "flash is crap" club). What codec is coming out tomorrow or next month?
If you follow the logic train of "I need to future proof the system I buy" you
will never buy anything. Every system has limitations. I know what they are,
and I chose the hardware according to my intended use in light of the
Data corruption is a red-herring argument, it can and will "adversely affect"
> >>> VESA mountability
> >> So get a mini-itx 1155 board, and a case that allows VESA mounting.
> > Find me a mini-itx 1155 board and mini-itx case that allows VESA mounting
> > at the price point we are discussing. I haven't been able to find one.
> Foxconn MiniITX H67 board $55
> Intel Celeron G530 $57
> 2x2GB Mushkin DDR3 1333 $26
> Rosewill MCEUSB remote $25
> M350 Case (VESA compatible) $40
> PicoPSU-120 + 102W adapter $60
> Total $263
> The cheapest ION barebones on Newegg is is $240, but then you have to
> add memory and infrared. You can find ION motherboards for $153, but
> then you have to tack on a case, and power supply, and memory, and IR,
> putting you right back up there with that Celeron system.
jetway mini-top Atom 525/ION N82E16856107081 $229.99
included VESA mount, IR and remote just add RAM to netboot.
I get it, you don't like the atom systems. As for having to replace the
hardware when the "next big thing" comes down the road - we will all have to
anyway - that is the nature of computer technology.
Patrick Ouellette pat at flying-gecko.net
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