[vdr] hardware recommendations?

Guido Fiala gfiala at s.netic.de
Sat Feb 26 17:08:33 CET 2005

On Saturday 26 February 2005 14:05, Carsten Koch wrote:
> Craig Sanders wrote:
> ...
> > the main things i'm not sure about are:
> >
> >  - what CPU to get?
> >
> >    i'm tempted by an athlon 64, but then i'd have to start mirroring
> >    the a64 distribution of debian as well as the i386, and i'm
> >    generally not keen to pay a price premium to be a guinea-pig for new
> >    hardware....a64 and a64 motherboard designs probably won't be mature
> >    for another year or so.
> >
> >    other alternatives P4 or and Athlon, with the athlon being slightly
> >    cheaper.
> VDR works happily with a 150MHz CPU if you have a full-featured card
> or with under 1 GHz if you don't.
> At least here in Germany the best price per GHz according to
>    http://www.geizhals.net/deutschland/?cat=cpuk7sa&sort=r
> is an AMD Duron 1800Mhz, which should be more than adequate.
> The only function you can always speed up with a faster CPU is
> re/encoding for DVD burning, but unless you do that several times
> a day, I would not spend extra money for a few minutes less wait time.

IMHO you need to correct your number by the price of electrical energy 
according to the calculation power per watt - i guess mobile CPU/system's 
will then have the nose in front, in just one year the amount of saved energy 
easily returns the investment for the slightly higher price of the cpu.

Guido (trying to safe the planet ;-)

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