Hardware for Linux and XBMC

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Razor_109 Offline
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I Was wondering, at which AMD processor will i be looking for a descent 1080p playback? 6000+?

Anyone here running AMD Cpu and can play 1080p?
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Razor, read the thread.. I'm pretty sure I posted my specs.. So did others.. I can play 1080p.. have 6000+.

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Post: #273
depends on the codec... 5000+ x2 here, can play 1080p x264 fine.

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Evin Offline
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Post: #274
*necro*

So, are there any new conclusions in terms off what hardware should be used?
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Post: #275
Did you just post that or actually read the last 27 pages?

IIRC there are plenty of posts to draw a more or less solid conclusion with.
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Evin Offline
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althekiller Wrote:Did you just post that or actually read the last 27 pages?

I read it and I even posted in this thread weeks ago.

But in the meantime there is a potential alpha 1 floating around so I just wanted to ask if there is some kind of "official hardware" .
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Hardware similar to that of anyone claiming to be able to play the killa birdscene should be sufficient. Assuming you trust them that is.
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timgray Offline
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I am running a incredibly outdated XBMC setup and it plays 720p HD content nicely.

7300GT card 128 meg ram
athalon X2 4000+ processor
1 gig ram
cheapie Abit motherboard with built on everything.
250gig 7200 rpm segate drive.

It works great. I only have 20% single CPU use most of the time and 88% CPU (single) used for HD playback of mp4 and m4v files. anything over 720p freaks, but I dont care about that as I only have a 720p set. cince most people have a 720p set and 100% of all broadcast HD is 720p I'm finding that 1080p capable to be useless for at least another 3 years.

You do NOT need screaming bleeding hardware. you can build a $250.00 budget box that will rock pretty hard.
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Matt Devo Offline
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timgray Wrote:cince most people have a 720p set and 100% of all broadcast HD is 720p I'm finding that 1080p capable to be useless for at least another 3 years.

lol. Most broadcast HD is 1080i, not 720p. That goes for cable and satellite too. ABC,/ESPN and Fox are the exception in most markets.

those of us with 1080p displays and 1080p content are quite happy with the improvement over 720p, and find it far from useless.

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Matt Devo Wrote:lol. Most broadcast HD is 1080i, not 720p. That goes for cable and satellite too. ABC,/ESPN and Fox are the exception in most markets.

those of us with 1080p displays and 1080p content are quite happy with the improvement over 720p, and find it far from useless.

1080i is only 12% more bandwidth than 720p, and for some uses, has lower quality picture than 720p
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Matt Devo Offline
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mr_raider Wrote:1080i is only 12% more bandwidth than 720p, and for some uses, has lower quality picture than 720p

okay, I'm not sure what that has to do with my comment, or with timgray's incorrect assertions which I was correcting

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Post: #282
Soo... build a budget 720P box for $250 or a budget 1080 box for $400 - $150 more. This for something that will likely be heart of your media center. Not a tough choice here.

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Matt Devo Wrote:okay, I'm not sure what that has to do with my comment, or with timgray's incorrect assertions which I was correcting

The point is any hardware that can play 720p, can probably play 1080i.

At any rate, the hardware requirements have nothing to with screen resolution, they should be determined by the bandwidth of the content that is being decoded.
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mr_raider Wrote:The point is any hardware that can play 720p, can probably play 1080i.

At any rate, the hardware requirements have nothing to with screen resolution, they should be determined by the bandwidth of the content that is being decoded.

First, 1080i deinterlaces more cleanly to 1080p than 720p. So having a 1080p set is not useless even if only used for 1080i content. That was part of my my initial argument to timgray for why 1080p isn't useless. I wasn't arguing that 1080i was more CPU intensive to decode than 720p.

Second, hardware requirements *do* depend on output resolution, since not only must the CPU decode the video stream (relatively easy), but it must also scale and render that stream *plus* any UI overlays using OpenGL.

example: the 45Mbit 1080p x264 killa sample file would playback with 0 dropped frames on my C2D E6600 on my old 1680x1050 LCD, but drops frames heavily on my new 1920x1200 LCD (using XBMC 8.10 for windows, full screen)

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