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

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Sat Oct 15 01:42:58 UTC 2011

On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 02:51:46PM -0400, Brian J. Murrell wrote:
> On 11-10-12 02:32 PM, Mark Lord wrote:
> > 
> > I have now assembled two systems based on the Zotac ZBOX line.
> > The first is a HD-ID11 acting as combined backend/frontend
> > with 250GB internal hard drive and a single HVR-950Q USB tuner.
> > Works perfectly -- silky smooth Advanced/2X playback during record/commskip.
> > 
> > The second is very similar, using a Zotac HD-ID41 nettop.
> > Slightly faster CPU, plus USB3 (not used yet), otherwise pretty similar.
> > Again, a single HVR-950Q USB tuner and running combined BE/FE.
> I thought you were going to contradict my position that "real-processor"
> based machines can be reasonably priced and sit behind the wall-mounted
> TV (and therefor be quiet also) but both of these machines are nettops
> in the same fashion as my own argument.
> > Of course, the same boxes would make great FE-only machines too.
> Not for the crowd here that doesn't like Atoms due to their
> future-limiting nature.  I certainly don't like that aspect of them, but
> it's lesser of two evils AFAIC.

    If I am going to eventually end up with a doorstop for whatever reason
that I am unlikely to account for now, I would much rather it be a $300 or
$200 door stop rather than a $600 or a $800 one.

    Been there and done that both ways.

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