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Thread: Graphics support

  1. #1
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    Graphics support

    Hi,

    After many years of service our backend/frontend finally went to the big junkyard in the sky. Rather than trying to replace components on a system that is at it's core over 6 years old, I'll build a new box.

    Specs MUST:
    - Hardware support for h264 playback
    - Expansion slot for IEEE1394 card (for channel changing)
    - Quiet

    Specs nice to have:
    - Built in remote receiver
    - Small

    In the past I've been using exclusively NVIDIA graphics for VDPAU playback on all mythtv systems. But it seems, that these days most boxes you can get use built-in Intel graphics.

    On the mythtv Wiki it looks like most modern Intel graphics, like the ones built into the "i" series processors support hw decoding of h264 in Linux, but I can't find definitive info.

    Any recommendations?

    Thx.

    ST

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    Re: Graphics support

    IMHO you run a risk that anything else will be inferior to vdpau.

    Intel built in graphics (Sandybridge) is reported to work via vaapi on myth 0.25, but is not as good as vdpau.

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    Re: Graphics support

    OK- I'll stay with NVIDIA for now. Any Ion board should do nicely.
    For the backend/frontend I would then go with something like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131663

    It's a 1.8GHz dual core Atom with built in Ion. All passive cooling, so it won't make much noise
    Will it be fast enough to handle mild back-end tasks? I'm not transcoding or commercial-flagging, so I don't see why it would need much ooomph....

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    Re: Graphics support

    Quote Originally Posted by stefanst View Post
    OK- I'll stay with NVIDIA for now. Any Ion board should do nicely.
    For the backend/frontend I would then go with something like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131663

    It's a 1.8GHz dual core Atom with built in Ion. All passive cooling, so it won't make much noise
    Will it be fast enough to handle mild back-end tasks? I'm not transcoding or commercial-flagging, so I don't see why it would need much ooomph....
    On that basis it should work fine.

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