Originally Posted by Muse
is it adequate if I want to use it for transcoding duties, either file conversion or on-the-fly transcoding to send to my PJ? I've done precious little to none of that in the past, but now that I have the NAS, I figure I will get into stored file based movie watching instead of DVD's and BD's all the time.
OK, I'll be honest with you, if your doing file conversion, of course it won't be as fast as a dual core or better.
However, since building this unit, I haven't needed to convert a 720p .mkv to .avi at all! Now I use my
favourite utility to rip .mp3s from .mp4s that I pull off of YouTube, especially when they are stereo, or
monaural, like old cuts of christmas songs. Now someone out there is going to be pissed that I didn't buy
his .mp3 for 1.99 if I bragged about it here but I'll give you a hint, do you listen to Coast to Coast AM in the middle of the night?
Don't download it from eRightsoft's site, it is confusing, download it from a Majorgeeks mirror. Plus to make it free, the installer is
loaded with adware, so go slow, be careful to go 'no' and 'deny' on the junk until you get to the main part, that's' the price to pay for freeware these days, but it is powerful, so play with it first.
or these guys
If you want a more beginner's style GUI.
However since I never opened their package yet, same rule applies.......when you rush, you make mistakes.
Now on the old single core P4, even though the clock speed was higher, it would take that machine three hours
to convert a TV episode, up to five hours for a one and a half gig movie, and if the file was DVD size eight to ten
When I ran a test .mkv to .avi last August [on my birthday BTW] after this machine was built, on a TV show
I was only gone for a half an hour and it was done already.
Though there are other hardware differences, like a faster bus speed, faster RAM, DDR2 in the old v DDR3 in the new,
2gigs in the old v 4gigs in the new. We HAVE
to use a 32-bit OS for the MDP-130s, don't forget, RAM isn't wasted,
the motherboard's individual components, if they require it, will pull RAM from the 'top down' that the OS is not using. From video cards,
though most people now get 512MB or greater, with the general suggestion that for 32 bit systems, you limit yourself to no more than a 2gig
video card. Then there are those that run with the integrated video already on the board, in which case the BIOS during set up should have
an option to set the amount of shared RAM, though reserved RAM is another matter, dictated by the CPU controller and any chip on board that does calculation. I have a 1gig GeForce 210 and I bet it still communicates with the system RAM, for those obscenely large gamer video card set-ups, like SLI, then it is recommended to go 64-bit with as much system RAM as one can afford.
I still have the image in my mind from one of my old textbooks when I took the MET course, it was a drawing showing how system RAM is divided.
Yes, the board I'm using came with integrated VGA etc.. but I chose to add a once top-of-the-line but now middle-of-the-road card, with
corresponding price drops as the later models came out.
Plus having a more modern northbridge and southbridge and other things on board as well, I suspect. YMMV.
For more information, check out an excellent post by tech guru Mark Russinovich
. Here's a small extract from Mark's blog:
The consumption of memory addresses below 4GB can be drastic on high-end gaming systems with large video cards. For example, I purchased one from a boutique gaming rig company that came with 4GB of RAM and two 1GB video cards. I hadn't specified the OS version and assumed that they'd put 64-bit Vista on it, but it came with the 32-bit version and as a result only 2.2GB of the memory was accessible by Windows. You can see a giant memory hole from 8FEF0000 to FFFFFFFF in this Meminfo output from the system after I installed 64-bit Windows.
Now in that case, if I stuck one of my 130s in a 32-bit W7 machine, and I turned into a pimple-popper, I would still install 8-16 gigs of RAM for the hardware to use, and free up that 800MB [or possibly more, 3.1 or 3.5gigs total] for Windows to use.
Back to transcoding, I saw your specs from that other forum and a socket 754 really is obsolete, on par with my old 775s for Intel.
In fact I still have an old 775 full ATX in the static bag, in the back room. I thought it was DOA but with the P4 I got rid off I learned that
two sticks of the bargain-basement ram I bought were dead and I got the same test result, no video, regardless of which card I used. It wouldn't even POST, then changing sticks, the old ASUS powered up. So I'm gambling that this spare 775 board is probably good, so with Geeks.com O-O-B I gotta find some other place that sells recycled stuff and get a refurbished 775 dual-core or even rarer, a QX6800-style 775 quad, you don't see many on the refurb market, mostly duals, which is all that was offered in 2007-2008 but I can't remember the chipset right now, if I get that together I'll use it for a dual-boot Windows/Linux or straight Linux.
My current crop of boards have GeForce 7025/nForce 630a, including one Biostar [bet that like power supplies, they were all made in the same place, for they were identical, except the colour of the plastic bits, like PCI slots] which I thought were old but I wanted backward compatibility with 2000Pro as well as support for Windows 7 and according to all the manuals, ASRock and ASUS, they do, so should run 8/8.1 but I don't care for it. Waiting to see what they do with 9.
B.O.T.... you will get faster renders with a dual-core or better but the 145 will do it, as I said, they are decommissioned Athlon II duals or newer, though not all will unlock, depends if your board will do it or if the second core was too frelled up to function.
Don't confuse them with the earlier true single core Semprons like the 3100 or 3520. AM3/AM3+ boards will only accept the 100 series, download the motherboard manuals in .pdf before buying, should find them at the vendor's sites. AMD is further confusing the issue because the AM1 CPUs just came out in April 2014 and I haven't seen any AM1 [see, they're going backwards now] motherboards yet.
I'll let someone else experiment with them, I'll stick with known quantities, AM3+ is good enough for me, as well as the FMs but the latter
are only duals and higher.. I'll wait until others do reviews. I will insist that they are not true Athlons or Semprons, Athlons maybe, but a Sempron is single core, not a dual or quad, so I wouldn't go with AM1 Semprons.
You said you had a real DVD player, so that takes away one shortcoming of the 130, you only have to worry if you go with a N.A.S.
If you go dual or higher then you'll have to transport .tp/.ts files by hand over to the 130 on a stick/CForSD card but that's not too much work for ya, is it?
Or 1150/1155 for Intel, and though Intel call it a Celeron, they are dual core, so as Terry said, you'll have to use the /onecpu switch upon booting/rebooting. The last single core Celeron was released as part of the Sandy Bridge line-up, and since then all Celeron G-series processors have been dual-core. I'll use what works for me ATM.
Read the newegg reviews, some denigrate it, but most are pleasantly surprised .
Look for mine on page 3, 6 and 9 "Lone Browncoat" though on page six I was logged in as a member and that one just says"N/A"
but is subtitled 'followup' because I forgot to enter a name.
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Do me a favour though, I already am on a number of techie forums, could you cut & paste this for me into the thread you started?
I don't want to join that one, as I'll be treated as a noob.