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  • phoronix
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    Intel GMA X4500HD

    Phoronix: Intel GMA X4500HD

    Earlier this month Intel had announced the GMA X4500 series, which is their latest and greatest when it comes to integrated graphics processors. These IGPs were greeted by same-day Linux support (it had actually arrived before the chipset was announced), but it's still next to impossible to find motherboards using the G43 and G45 Chipsets that bear this IGP. Fortunately, however, our friends at Super Micro have come through and we have managed to get our hands on the C2SEA. The Super Micro C2SEA is an ATX motherboard that uses the Intel G45 Chipset in conjunction with an ICH10 Southbridge. This motherboard provides Intel GMA X4500HD graphics with VGA and HDMI interfaces. In this article, we are looking at the performance of this new Intel graphics processor under Linux.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=12671

  • Zapitron
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    Thank you

    Originally posted by kxmas View Post
    My advice is if you need a HTPC, go NVidia. NVidia's VDPAU API for video acceleration is in boxee, mythtv and xmbc. With VDPAU, even the puny Intel Atom processor can handle 1080p.
    I just wanna give a big Thank You out to you and Kano for your advice. I went with a Zotac IONITX (Atom and 9400M) and have been quite pleased by the performance. Sure, with the closed drivers, some day I'm going to update my kernel, go to nvidia's website to get drivers compatible with that kernel, and will find that my hardware is unsupported. As long as that day is enough years away, though, I guess I can't complain much. Hopefully Intel will have their driver finished by then, so that I can replace my disposable motherboard with a permanent one with maintainable drivers.

    Good luck and best wishes to the team working on X4500HD. In a few(?) months, I'm buying a second Myth frontend for another room, and I'll be checkin' the Intel driver's progress again then.

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  • whizse
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    Originally posted by Zapitron View Post
    Are we there yet? Is the X4500HD chipset suitable for a MythTV frontend? Or does NVidia still have the only hardware decoder working right now? I want to order parts this week and actually get them working, not wait'n'hope for a future driver release.
    There's only hardware acceleration for MPEG2 at the moment, and I'm not sure if that's available in a release or only from git.

    Support for H264 and VC-1 is coming but probably not this year:
    http://lists.freedesktop.org/archive...st/047074.html

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  • BlackStar
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    Originally posted by Zapitron View Post
    Are we there yet? Is the X4500HD chipset suitable for a MythTV frontend? Or does NVidia still have the only hardware decoder working right now? I want to order parts this week and actually get them working, not wait'n'hope for a future driver release.
    I recently bought a nvidia 9500GT (fanless) for my HTPC. First impressions:

    - 2D performance is slow but adequate. My previous 7600GS (also fanless) offered *much* better 2D performance.
    - Haven't tested 3D performance, but it should be adequate.
    - XBMC w/ VDPAU allows perfect 1080p playback on a single-core Athlon64 3200+. Make sure you have enough RAM available (2GB is fine).
    - Compiz and XBMC do not play well together.
    - Multi-monitor setups are a pain on nvidia. Twinview sucks with different-size monitors and anything else fails to sync correctly.
    - XRandR does not work on my setup.
    - The drivers do not autodetect newly connected monitors (why, Nvidia?). This is a major pain if you turn on your PC before you turn on your TV.
    - Audio passthrough works, but is limited to your sound card's capabilities. This typically means that you won't be able to get 5.1 sound on games and typical desktop usage. DTS/AC3 encoded signals work fine, however.

    All in all, I'm underwhelmed. Things work, but support is only borderline adequate. It would actually be fine if I only had a single monitor connected, but add a second one and it will introduce a world of pain.

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  • Kano
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    Go for nvidia with 512 mb vram series 8+.

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  • Zapitron
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    So what's the latest on this chipset's video decoding drivers?

    Are we there yet? Is the X4500HD chipset suitable for a MythTV frontend? Or does NVidia still have the only hardware decoder working right now? I want to order parts this week and actually get them working, not wait'n'hope for a future driver release.

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  • jalyst
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    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
    Performance wise you won't see any appreciable difference.
    you know that how exactly? ....

    cheers,
    j
    Last edited by jalyst; 08-04-2009, 11:34 PM.

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  • deanjo
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    Originally posted by jalyst View Post
    Any thoughts on this????
    North-bridges are very close, nV has an edge so small that in real world terms it means nothing....
    I haven't been able to find reviews which compare the south-bridges though :-(
    I know the platforms chosen are prolly overkill for what will primarily/initially be a NAS.
    But I want the "slack"...
    Performance wise you won't see any appreciable difference. It really comes down to what features you want.

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  • jalyst
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    Originally posted by jalyst View Post
    Sorry I don't think I previously mentioned that I'm building a NAS/"server of all trades"!
    It may do some video decoding in the longer-term and may even become a MythTV back-end, but not initially.
    And if I did go that route I would almost certainly add a discrete card anyway.

    No I've got the following for a HEPC: p35 mobo, 2GB DDR2 800Mhz generic, E4200?*, and a discrete 8600gts.
    Is this VDPAU compatible with older gen. cards such as the aforementioned?

    I'm trying to determine whether the Intel or nV (730i) chipsets (I'm settled on Intel CPU) is the best route and if the former, the G45 or the Q45.

    Just 'some' of the discussions I've been having ;-)
    http://communities.intel.com/message/51414
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post16890172
    http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showthread.php?t=1942

    For me IGP prowess is irrelevant, I care more about base performance without the influence of the IGP.
    Raw Mem/CPU performance, & peripheral I/O performance for: SATA, USB, RAID, FW400 etc...


    *i think? had the system for 18mth+ and done nothing with it!
    Any thoughts on this????
    North-bridges are very close, nV has an edge so small that in real world terms it means nothing....
    I haven't been able to find reviews which compare the south-bridges though :-(
    I know the platforms chosen are prolly overkill for what will primarily/initially be a NAS.
    But I want the "slack"...
    Last edited by jalyst; 08-04-2009, 01:30 AM.

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  • jalyst
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    Thanks for clarifying, the HTPC/PVR side of things isn't my focus atm, so I'll have to deal with limitations (if any) as they arise.
    Last edited by jalyst; 08-04-2009, 01:26 AM.

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