[mythtv-users] Is this the ultimate HTPC motherboard so far?
beww at beww.org
Mon Mar 29 21:57:57 UTC 2010
On Monday 29 March 2010 01:54:21 pm Kirk Bocek wrote:
> > Whether the added CPU core, additional RAM capacity and the audio port is
> > worth the additional cost over a single-core Revo, only you can
> > determine.
> > Plus you get that wonderful OS (XP) with the Revo :-)
> My thoughts too. I doubt you could get any smaller form factor right now
> than the Revo. Mine is front-end only but I suspect it would have enough
> power to encode a channel or two. Especially digital channels.
There's no encoding required for digital channels (well, not at the Myth end),
all you need is disk I/O, and most analog cards used with Myth do the
encoding on the capture card (PVRs and the like).
I don't know about commflagging or transcoding with the Revo, it would be slow,
but it all depends on how much of a hurry you are in.
The eSATA port on the Revo, as well as the USB ports, allow for external
drives, but I think NFS mounts are the way to go. Using a 2.5" internal drive
is probably not a good idea, though an SSD might work well.
IMHO the Revo is the best F/E today, unless you need the really high-end de-
interlacers. Whether it would make an acceptable B/E is moot. As support for
the CrystalHD gets better, the fact that it can accept one of those is a plus.
But for building your own machine, the mobo that started this thread certainly
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