Which hardware do I need for a dedicated TV server

Discussion in 'Mainboards / CPU / RAM' started by Farhope, August 12, 2009.

  1. Farhope

    Farhope Portal Member

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    Hi All,
    At the moment I am running mediaportal TV-SERVER on a dedicated Windows Home Server (MS Server 2003).

    My dedicated TV-SERVER configuration:

    AMD64 SEMPRON 2800+
    ASUS K8N nforce3
    2x Technotrend CI-1501 DVB-C
    No video card installed

    Watching SD channels on my Mediaportal CLIENT works fine (TV-SERVER processor is around 70% of load). When I switch to a HD channel the TV-SERVER processor load is jumping up to 100% and results in heavy shuttering on my Mediaportal CLIENT. (not surprising :rolleyes:)

    So my questions are:
    • Do I have to buy a new motherboard/CPU or will installing a video card (with hardware MPEG2/H264 acceleration) resolve the problem on my dedicated TV-SERVER.
    • Will a AMD Athlon II X2 240 (AM3) 2.8GHZ or a Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core E5200 2.5GHZ be enough to stream/record 2x HD channels (2x Technotrend 1501 DVB-C TV cards) on my dedicated TV-SERVER

    :D in advance.

    UPDATE: just found out what was going wrong. Never put your record directory on WHS share: \\home-server\recorded TV but put it in d:\shares\record TV. WHS drive extender was eating my processor trying to synchronize the recorded TV.

    So topic closed

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