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  # 114118 2-Mar-2008 14:31
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Another quesion on hardware: anyone successfully running DVB-T on an Athlon 64 X2 dualcore? If so, what video card are you running and which X2 is it? Also do you have GPU h.264 rendering enabled?

Thanks

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  # 114121 2-Mar-2008 14:54

My media box is:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+
2x 1GB DDR2-800 PC2-6400 Dual channel
Geforce 9600 GT 512MB PureVideHD (h.264 GPU decoding enabled through PowerDVD)
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-4000 (using DVB-T tuner only)
Microsoft Vista Ultimate (32-Bit)

I'm running 32bit at the moment but may try to run 64bit, however people I have spoken to have run into issues with 64bit Vista which is why I haven't made the change earlier. All my devices in my media box however have 64bit drivers so may be worth a go.. haven't decided yet :P

 
 
 
 


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  # 114126 2-Mar-2008 15:20
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kirjava: Another quesion on hardware: anyone successfully running DVB-T on an Athlon 64 X2 dualcore? If so, what video card are you running and which X2 is it? Also do you have GPU h.264 rendering enabled?

Thanks


I've got a X2 4800 and using software decoding this was around 80% CPU usage. I believe X2 4400's were maxing out at close to 100% CPU utilisation.

I have an ATI2600Pro which has onboard H.264 and this drops way down once it's enabled.

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  # 114140 2-Mar-2008 16:13
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Sbiddle - is that an agp or pci-e card?

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  # 114149 2-Mar-2008 16:36
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kirjava: Another quesion on hardware: anyone successfully running DVB-T on an Athlon 64 X2 dualcore? If so, what video card are you running and which X2 is it? Also do you have GPU h.264 rendering enabled?

Thanks


Media center runnig DVBViewer no problems here.

Amd X2 3800+
Nvidia 7600GT hdmi 256mb
2GB ram + 2GB readyboost
Nova-T USB2 for DVB-T
PVR500 for dual Analogue.
Vista x64 Ultimate + SP1
WD Raptor 74gb system drive, WD 250gb recording drive.
37" Philips 1080p set.
Auzentech 7.1 THX Sound
Creative Gigaworks 7.1 THX Speakers


Can record analogue and watch DVB-T with no problems. Also playing 720p videos with no problem. CPU usage can be 40-60% but that is no problem. TV is a little stuttery to start with but after a minute is fine. Will be buying a bluray player in the very near future, that will test it all at 1080p but I am pretty sure it will work ok.

Cheers
DB

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  # 114156 2-Mar-2008 17:11
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browned: ..


Can record analogue and watch DVB-T with no problems. Also playing 720p videos with no problem. CPU usage can be 40-60% but that is no problem. TV is a little stuttery to start with but after a minute is fine. Will be buying a bluray player in the very near future, that will test it all at 1080p but I am pretty sure it will work ok.

Cheers
DB


I thought with a video card with on board codec support, CPU could drop down to 5-10% on something like a Athlon 3800 X2




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System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex

 

 


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  # 114201 2-Mar-2008 19:50
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Tried it with a 4400+ no hardware H.264 decoding and it was 100% CPU utilisation with stuttering in some of the more complex scenes.

If video card - hardware decoding is not an option, i.e. AGP slot only, then I would suggest the most powerful CPU that your motherboard/socket-type will allow.

 
 
 
 


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  # 114217 2-Mar-2008 20:41
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walt12:...then I would suggest the most powerful CPU that your motherboard/socket-type will allow.

Personally I think this really pushing sh*t up hill. I think if you want to have painless decode of 720p then you will have to update your architecture :( .  Easy for me I to say I guess; I'm way over due for an update anyway.




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  # 114227 2-Mar-2008 21:18
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what about an AGP hd2600 pro ?

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  # 114244 2-Mar-2008 22:19
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Since my PVR is AGP and I just put a new MB in it, I got one of these

http://www.sapphiretech.com/us/products/products_overview.php?gpid=180&grp=2

Hope it works with the video acceleration




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System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex

 

 


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  # 114251 2-Mar-2008 22:46

You're good to go lchiu7, that link says "Avivo Video Post Processor - Dedicated unified video decoder (UVD) for H.264/AVC and VC-1 video formats" which is what you're after on the ATI cards. Let me know how the 2600 works out I've heard they run rather nicely

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  # 114271 3-Mar-2008 06:24
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lchiu7: Since my PVR is AGP and I just put a new MB in it, I got one of these

http://www.sapphiretech.com/us/products/products_overview.php?gpid=180&grp=2

Hope it works with the video acceleration


Where did you get it from? Friend of mine is in the same boat but been finding it a bit hard to find a place that has them and is not asking a silly price.







Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64

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  # 114289 3-Mar-2008 09:46
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mcraenz:
walt12:...then I would suggest the most powerful CPU that your motherboard/socket-type will allow.

Personally I think this really pushing sh*t up hill. I think if you want to have painless decode of 720p then you will have to update your architecture :( .  Easy for me I to say I guess; I'm way over due for an update anyway.


Couldn't agree more, but for some on a tight budget, it's not an option.

H.264 on-the-fly decoding has really lifted the bar in terms of overhead on a system.  Everything but the latest generation in CPU's and GPU's are rendered under-powered.  I built my new box 4 months ago with this in mind - it's always difficult trying to "future-proof" yourself, the concept is kind of flawed in this technology area anyway, but I think the requirements for the HD-era are reasonably clear in terms of min hardware and HDCP.

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  # 114301 3-Mar-2008 10:32
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  # 114307 3-Mar-2008 11:49
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Nety:
lchiu7: Since my PVR is AGP and I just put a new MB in it, I got one of these

http://www.sapphiretech.com/us/products/products_overview.php?gpid=180&grp=2

Hope it works with the video acceleration


Where did you get it from? Friend of mine is in the same boat but been finding it a bit hard to find a place that has them and is not asking a silly price.


Not that it will help you but I actually got it from here

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102718

and had it delivered to a US address when I was on vacation in the US over Xmas.

I couldn't find a local distributor and anyway, the price was right




Staying in Wellington. Check out my AirBnB in the Wellington CBD.  https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/32019730  Mention GZ to get a 10% discount

 

System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex

 

 


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