[mythtv-users] Quiet HDTV frontend: AOpen XC Cube EY855-II?
stangage70 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 22 17:43:34 UTC 2005
On Tue, 22 Mar 2005 00:54:42 +0000, Joel B <joel_123 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Has anybody looked at
> TechReports review of the AOpen XC Cube EY855-II mini-barebones system?
> 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.
> 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?
I have also been considering using an 855GM or 915GM chipset based
Pentium M arrangement. The later has dual-channel DDR, PCIe, and
integrated TVout (including component HD). However I don't know how
well either of them are supported under Linux. Anyone using a
"Centrino" system with a non-Windows operating system? I expect the
915GM is too bleeding edge.
With regards to horse-power, the 1.6 PentiumM is similar in
performance to a 2.4 Ghz P4. The 1.8 version (dothan has a larger
cache) might be a good compromise between 1.6 and 2.0.
Right now I am using an 865 based system. My CPU and powersupply are
quiet enough (~22db), but the drives make more noise than I would
Although the FX5200 should be able to drive 1080i, getting it to work
has been troublesome for many.
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