Recommendations for HTPC's?

Mathias Picker Mathias.Picker at
Tue Dec 11 14:29:40 UTC 2012

I'm thinking about this, too, but have not yet bought / tried anything.

But I will try intel ivy bridge graphics, the new kms infrastructure
should enable smooth hd playback with a lot less power then nvidia. The
vaapi driver landet oct 25 in ports: and I would hope
it actually works ;)

I don't need this to be running right away, I could tolereate some
tinkering. If you need rock-solid from the get go, nvidia is probably
the way to go.

Cheers, Mathias

Am Dienstag, den 11.12.2012, 10:50 +0000 schrieb Tom Evans:
> On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 7:51 AM, Hans Petter Selasky <hselasky at> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Does anyone have any recommendations for HTPC's?
> >
> > Is mini-ITX OK or is ATX required?
> >
> > What about software and hardware decoding of H.264, flicker and X11 display
> > drivers?
> >
> > --HPS
> Hi Hans
> I recommend basing it around nvidia. With nvidia, you get vdpau which
> can hardware decode almost everything I have ever tried - H264, x264,
> MPEG2, WMV, webm etc. vdpau is supported by mplayer, vlc, ffmpeg,
> xbmc, myth ...
> You do not need extremely powerful cards for this either, any onboard
> will work well, the card I use is a GT 610, which is passively cooled,
> and can decode H264 @ 3840x2160 (4k) - obviously with the closed
> source drivers from nvidia.
> A system built around something like the ZOTAC Z68ITX-B-E would be an
> ideal FreeBSD mini ITX HTPC - not exactly the cheap end of the
> spectrum, but very compact. I don't know that the wifi would be
> supported.
> Cheers
> Tom
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