[mythtv-users] Motherboard upgrade question - ION2 or CPU grunt?
mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Mon Jan 16 10:33:25 UTC 2012
As I mentioned recently, I'm thinking about upgrading my system, having
unexpectedly - and entirely legally - received a recent cash boost.
With the upcoming Olympics in mind, I want to go from my current SD-only setup
to HD. This will be initially UK-Freeview (DVB-T2).
The board I'm looking at is the Asus AT510NT-I (Atom/ION2) . I'd put 4Gb on
this even though it's probably not needed just yet. From mini-itc.com I can get
this for £169.00 + VAT.
While I was looking through the motherboard page, I came across another board of
interest, Gigabyte E350N-USB3 . This board plus (cheaper) 4Gb would cost £129
Now, this has an AMD processor, so I'd be doing the whole decoding thing in CPU
rather than GPU if I went that way. Does anyone here use this board, and/or know
if it is capable of handling HD? I know there are people here who suggest that
ION2 boards have their limitations, but if I went with the Asus that would be
all it would do. Does the Gigabyte board have the grunt to handle HD?
Another factor I'm looking at is future upgrade paths. If I subsequently
upgraded my front-end to a better board that isn't out yet, is the ION2 useful
for much else? I know that I could certainly put the Gigabyte board into use as
a general server. I don't want to waste a board I could make use of in the future.
Does anybody have other motherboard suggestions? I'm limited to mini-ITX for the FE.
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