[mythtv-users] Quiet HDTV frontend: AOpen XC Cube EY855-II?
joel_123 at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 22 00:54:42 UTC 2005
I currently am using a MediaMVP as a frontend system, and I'm happy with it.
Despite a lack of features, it does play video with acceptable quality.
But I've been thinking of what happens when I
eventually go with HDTV (Comcast says Real Soon Now). I'd like to put
together a frontend system that can do the HDTV equivalent of the MediaMVP,
and also do LiveTV from a cable STB firewire feed. Beyond
that, my main criterion is quietness. I prefer to boot diskless and store
things on a backend server. I also have the luxury of being in no hurry.
Has anybody looked at <a
TechReports review of the AOpen XC Cube EY855-II mini-barebones system <\a>?
It's based around the Pentium M, and it seems to be exceptionally quiet.
Other nice features for a frontend are builtin firewire
and optical digital audio inputs and outputs. There's a 4X AGP slot (but
not a very wide one) as well as one PCI slot. The main drawback is the
price of the Pentium M, but the low power consumption of that processor is
also what makes the quietness possible.
Here's a list of prices for what I think would be needed for a diskless
frontend system. Prices are as of 21 Mar 05, from newegg.com:
AOpen XC Cube EY855-II
Intel Pentium M 725 1.6GHz, 400MHz FSB
Corsair XMS3200 256MB DDR RAM (x2)
Gainward fanless FX5200 video card FX5200 FX PowerPack! Pro/660 70
Zapway.de lirc receiver
One question I have is whether anybody has used a Pentium M with HDTV. I
have selected fast memory that would be run at DDR333 and is amenable to
overclocking, but would the 1.6 GHz clock part do 1080i
even with overclocking? There's still a steep price ramp to the 2GHz
Pentium M 2Ghz at $435. Also, will the fanless 64-bit FX5200's do 1080i?
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