[mythtv-users] Replacement for Atom Motherboard

David Watkins watkinshome at gmail.com
Fri Mar 8 08:57:51 UTC 2024

For the last 10 years or so my MythTV setup has been a combined
back/frontend running on an Intel Atom motherboard with NVidia graphics.
Inputs are a pair of external USB DVBt sticks, storage is a couple of SATA
drives and the whole lot sits inside an Antec Fusion multimedia case.  The
case is mostly a pig-ugly monstrosity but it has a pretty front panel with
a LCD display and it looks good in my TV cabinet where you can't see the
rest of it.

The point of this post is that I think the Atom motherboard is getting long
in the tooth now and increasingly vulnerable to sudden death syndrome; I'm
also wary that at some point a software upgrade could fail because some
part of the hardware is not longer supported -  so I'm looking for a

Ideally I'd like something exactly the same but newer. that is:

Combined Frontend/Backend.
Silent (in the huge Antec case the Atom is easy to cool with a big slow
turning FAN).
Low Power, which I think means hardware video acceleration.
Fits inside the Antec case.

Is there such a board?

I've been looking at:
- Raspberry PI.  The connections would be a bit messy and I'm not sure if
I'd need a second PI/Firestick etc for the Frontend, but I think I could
get it to work.
- Some flavour of Intel NUC.  There seems to be a lot of choice and I'm not
sure if hardware video acceleration is available, which means that CPU
performance and cooling might need managing.  I seem to have a bit of a
blind spot with motherboards and am wary of buying one that either won't
play video smoothly or uses significantly more power than my existing setup.
- Some super low power motherboard and a Pi/Firestick/etc for the frontend.

Thanks for any advice.
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