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Pentium M based mini PCs

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by widescreen, Oct 10, 2004.

  1. widescreen

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    I'm looking for a small HTPC that is very quiet but has enough power for FFDSHOW and with a high quality VGA output for my DLP Projector.
    Interestingly I came across www.microcomputers.co.uk that use Pentium M and ATI Radeon M10 graphics. They have tiny cases too which look ideal. Wonder how noisy they are?
    Anybody have any experience of these?
     
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    You main problem will be having sufficient horse-power to use FFDSHOW effectively. If you plan on using resizing and denoising for instance my 3.0 Prescott is maxed-out quite easily only trying 1280x720. For hardware-based playback, ie. TheaterTek with a 9600 fanless an M-class system would be fine, I don't see it being good enough for software-based processing.
     
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    This isn't true, I currently use a 2.8Ghz P4 with FFDSHOW Denoise3D and resize to 1440x960 Lanczos 4 and it runs around 90% usage. So the 2Gig Pentium M will have enough power.
     
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    We differ in our observations, with my 3.0 Prescott XP's performance display shows 100% CPU usage, clearly you're using less video processing that I.

    Also, I think you'll find that a 2.0 is somewhat less than 90% of 2.8.
     
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    yes but pentium m's have more cache, and iirc have shorter pipelines which help them perform much faster without the need of hyperthreading
     

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