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#27690 4-Nov-2008 10:02
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Does anyone have any good Recommendations for a Half height NVIDIA card, Mainly for FreeviewHD under MythTV.


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  #175652 4-Nov-2008 10:41
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(disclaimer - I work there)

We have an Asus 8400GS (256mb) That should do the job

http://atech.co.nz/p.aspx?103117

Have *one*, but can order more if needed.





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  #175654 4-Nov-2008 11:24
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Cheers that was one i was looking at, Does anyone have any experience with this card?

 
 
 
 


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  #175724 4-Nov-2008 14:51
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No experiance sorry but would be interested to hear if anyone else has.
I looked at the 8400GS before getting the 8500GT.

There seemed to be a bit of conficting informantion on the 8400. It 'seems' that it has the same hardware acceleration as the 8500 and 8600GT's but with lower GPU grunt. I could not find any reviews to confirm HD playback performance and as it was first sold as a OEM system builder only card aimed at the low end of the market I went for the 8500GT to be on the safe side.

However I do not think there are any half hight 8500 or 8600GT's.







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  #175728 4-Nov-2008 14:56
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I will bug Novatech to post again, he tried to explain to me what to write, but I don't want it to get lost in translation. He did say that it works really well with MythTV though, but thats all I'll say without being in fear of saying the wrong thing








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  #175735 4-Nov-2008 15:37
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The 8400 is a *reasonable* card - I've had one in my work machine for 6+ months now, and in that period of time I've run

  • Vista Business (with all the eyecandy on),
  • Ubuntu 8.04
  • XP Professional  
It strained a bit to run WoW under vista, but coped with it nicely under xp and ubuntu (cedega), and that's my personal benchmark method for denoting noncrapification.

I used envyng to install the drivers under ubuntu if that is what you are using for the base for myth but obvously the manual nvidia drivers would suffice, although I have not tried to use the component out on the card under linux so cannot make any suggestions there.

To the best of my knowledge the 8400GS is the best half-hight card that we sell, there *may* be better available but not that I can find at the moment.

if you are looking at cheaper we have a 7200, but that's pretty crap. 



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  #175744 4-Nov-2008 16:12
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I Have seen a Galaxy 8600GT Slimline but havn't found a New Zealand Retailer,  Yet

The 8400 GS Should be fine with Freeview|HD under Ubuntu

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  #175767 4-Nov-2008 17:18
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DestRoYeDnz: Mainly for FreeviewHD under MythTV.

Wait, what?
Unless theres been some kind of major development in the mythtv department, Freeview HD doesn't work under MythTV, let alone hardware acceleration of h264 on nvidia under linux. Only ATI cards will work with hardware acceleration under linux afaik.

 
 
 
 




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  #175874 4-Nov-2008 20:53
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Well i havnt Personally tried it but i have seen quite a few examples of setups that have freeview|HD running in mythtv, I Would like just freeview but freeview|HD would be a bonus.

http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/HD_Playback_Reports
http://tinyurl.com/5pjvd6

Yeha i may be better off to go with ATI strictly for Hardware decoding of H.264, They do seem to have alot more Low Profile cards available here than NVIDIA.

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  #175961 5-Nov-2008 00:43
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Very interested in Openmedia's comment on this. Those links you provided are all CPU related btw.

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  #175981 5-Nov-2008 07:36
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Some other low profile cards:
8500gt http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=361387
9600gt (might be overkill!) http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=369379

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  #175985 5-Nov-2008 08:01
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I'm not aware of anybody running MythTV as a permanent solution for Freeview|HD - it's something that just doesn't work well and with the lack of any Nvidia H.264 hardware decoding under Linux you're relying on software decoding which won't deliver a great picture.



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  #175999 5-Nov-2008 08:37
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Yes all CPU related, I was just showing some people have it running, although not as a perfect replacemnt at this stage, I would mainly like it for freeview SD.

But if i could also use it to expreiment with freeview|HD it would be a bonus,  The 9600 GT is a nice card, The lack of Hardware H.264 Decoding on NVIDIA under Linux is a bit worring.



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  #176354 6-Nov-2008 17:42
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Myth records fine, then watch them on another machine in MPC ;)




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