XBMC 12 (Frodo) Final Out Today

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  1. FuzzyKaos

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    I found out the cause of all my problems, an Asrock ION 330 is a piece an outdated piece of junk.

    Built something compact fits flush in my cabinet. Went overkill, at full quality everything is still idling. Everything else is instant. Boots up <5 secs.
     
  2. ni9ht_5ta1k3r

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    i haven't installed the final version cos i can't remember if installing over the top of the current install will kill the metadata DB and have to resync all the metadata again.
     
  3. RyoSaeba

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    Only ways to do things. :lol::thumbup:

    Not on mine. I upgraded from Eden > Frodo Beta > Frodo Final.
     
  4. TRAG!C

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    Definitely won't... unless you set your PC on fire in the process.
     
  5. FuzzyKaos

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    Meta data is extremely fast vs previous versions (maybe thetbdb has improved things too)

    I have a library of over 2000 movies and about 600 tv shows and it all took under half an hour.
     
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    ok, good to know: will install later on.
     
  7. ics

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    OP might want to highlight a few key issues that xbmc users may encounter

    * Nvidia ION1 platform physically can't do DTS-HD
    * ATI GPU's have no linux driver support for DTS-HD

    If you have a semi recent Nvidia GPU you can do GPU offloading and enjoy the full support of DTS-HD and 1080p video.

    The xbmcubuntu appliance worked without issue for me including bluray playback and DTS-HD/MA

    Hardware used was a HP Microserver N40L with an SSD drive for the install and an Nvidia 610 GPU

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  8. k3nnis

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    Would you recommend Nvidia GT610 low profile or ati/amd 5450 or the 6000 series? Would need a low profile that works with HP N40L microserver. Will be running windows server 2008 R2.

     
  9. ics

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    I tried a number of video cards. My XBMC install is based on ubuntu so that meant ATI was out of the pictures as I wanted DTS-HD

    Gigabyte GV-N610D3-2GI 2GB GT610 PCI-E VGA Card is the card I ended up with. I also tried a 610 passive cooled, a 630 active cooled (both didn't fit) and the various ATI cards.

    If running windows I'd go with an ATI 6450 as it's passive cooled.

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    Thanks. So a passive cooled GT610 will not fit?

    Do you also have the n40L?

    Was thinking about the GT610 because if down the track I decided to use ubuntu then I will be ok.

     
  12. k3nnis

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    Problem is not sure if the 6570 will fit on the HP n40L??

     
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    PCCG sell a low profile 6570. Another option would be a low profile GT430 if you can find one somewhere, but it is likely to be more expensive. I believe a GT620 is a rebranded GT430.The GT610 is a very basic card and if you can't find anything else, then it will do the job.
     
  14. k3nnis

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    Ok thanks. All I want is to be able to output HD audio, DTS-HDMA, DD True HD and also DD5.1 and DTS 5.1

     
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    Given that 1080p video decoding is done with dedicated silicon on the GPU chip, I wouldn't imagine that there would be much of a difference between the various brands. One key factor with the N40L is not just physical size but power draw. The PSU is only 150W so you need a very low powered GPU.
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    Hmm why did Anandtech not recommend the 6450 for HTPC? Is there much difference between that and a 6570??
     
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    Buying a GT430 was the best thing I ever did for my HTPC. It solved all my ATI/AMD HDMI handshake issues which depending on AMD's driver revision, I would either lose sound after switching off the TV or Receiver.
     
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    A 6450 will do all this without issue in XBMC. The advantages a 6570 has will not affect the above list of items.
     
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    What advantages does the 6570 have over the 6450 in a HTPC environment?
     
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    The AnandTech testing showed both the GT520 (which is rebranded as the GT610) and 6450 suffered when certain post processing options were enabled to improve picture quality. The GT430 (which is now the GT620 but with 64-bit instead of 128-bit memory bandwith) and 6570 didn’t suffer from those same issues. Given the price difference between the lower and higher cards is only an extra $10-$20, it makes sense to go for the GT430 or 6570 over the others if you don’t have other restrictions. However, you’re probably not really going to notice the difference much depending on the material you’re playing. All cards will bitstream HD audio and should be ok for what you intend.

    EDIT: Note that although GT620 is based on the same GPU as the GT430, it is not the same and will perform worse in post processing due to its reduced memory bandwidth.
     
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