System Specs and software versions; what works!

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Re: System Specs and software versions; what works!

Postby Jilles » Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:16 pm

MSI P45 NEO3-FR
Intel Q9450 (Quad-Core)
ATI HD3650
DDR2 PC-6400 4GB
2x Maxtor 250GB @ Raid-0
1x Samsung F1 1TB
Gigabit network

Running release 1.10.625 (latest build at the moment)

Runs every video I have.
Runs 1080p + DTS at <5% CPU
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Re: System Specs and software versions; what works!

Postby odie » Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:22 am

alexis2044 wrote:Guys you think an Intel Atom system with 2 gigs of RAM could run PMS smoothly? I mean okay i guess SD videos would play okay, but what about HD? You think it would be able to handle 720p/1080p transcoding?

For those who don't know/remember: Atom is a HyperThreading, mini-atx platform clocked at 1.6Ghz.

A file server with that low consumption working with PMS would be a dream... :D


You guys are going to think this is ridiculous, but I have actually been using PMS with great success on my Asus 1000HA netbook (1.6Ghz Atom, 2Gb ram, WinXP) over a completely wireless network. Granted, I cut the audio to 2 ch/384Kbps AC3 and have to use somewhat conservative mpeg2 video settings, but the quality looks quite good on my plasma.

As much as possible I try to make sure the content can be streamed so as to avoid the transcoding issue, but as long as I give the buffer a good head start, transcoding goes just fine most of the time. I haven't tried much HD content, but the one 720p mkv I tried played just fine. So, alexis2044, I think your dream might come true.

I have, however, been saving up for a Deneb 940 system to relieve my little Asus of its duties...
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Re: System Specs and software versions; what works!

Postby calvinykw » Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:34 am

After reading previous post, I just wondering why atom performance better than my AMD PC?

I use mencoder to transcode a 720p mkv (with external subtitle), my CPU utilization is around 90-95%, (is it x2 5200+ is too weak....?) although the movie playback is still smooth...

my PC spec
AMD X2 5200+ (2.7G)
2G DDR2 667 Ram
100MB wired network
(Is my pc possible to transcode 1080p ???)

Options I use in Mencoder
check Multi core support
uncheck loop filter
audio channel 5.1
1,1,2 quality
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Re: System Specs and software versions; what works!

Postby skincarver » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:49 pm

Intel E8400 (3GHz dual core)
6GB 800MHz DDR2
Nvidia 7600GT
2x Seagate Barracuda ES.2 250GB @ raid-0
1TB raid-5 NFS share
Ubuntu Jaunty
multithreaded mplayer & mencoder from svn
current PMS from svn
smoothly plays everything i throw at it.

alexis2044 wrote:Guys you think an Intel Atom system with 2 gigs of RAM could run PMS smoothly? I mean okay i guess SD videos would play okay, but what about HD? You think it would be able to handle 720p/1080p transcoding?


My Atom and UNR powered Acer wont even play 720p AVC content properly -> fast paced slideshow.
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Re: System Specs and software versions; what works!

Postby Isbarv » Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:14 pm

Hardware:
AMD Athlon 64 3400+
2GB DDR-400
GeForce 8600 GT
7200 RPM 80GB HDD
100Mb wired with a crappy 2Wire router

Software:
Windows XP Home
CCCP, CoreAVC, Avisynth/MEncoder, 5.1 audio.

My old box can play everything except transcoding 1080p on the fly, which stutters badly. Remuxed 1080p is fine. :) What I try to do with most stuttering 1080p files is to remove the subs and extra audio streams and then it works alright. I'm very happy with PMS.
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Re: System Specs and software versions; what works!

Postby kleverbear » Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:41 am

alexis2044 wrote:Guys you think an Intel Atom system with 2 gigs of RAM could run PMS smoothly? I mean okay i guess SD videos would play okay, but what about HD? You think it would be able to handle 720p/1080p transcoding?

For those who don't know/remember: Atom is a HyperThreading, mini-atx platform clocked at 1.6Ghz.

A file server with that low consumption working with PMS would be a dream... :D


Hi, I have what you seek. 8-)
Intel D945GCLF single core atom with multi-thread at 1.6GHz
80GB Seagate, 1TB Hitachi Deskstar both SATA 2
2GB DDR2 RAM
Windows Home Server, PMS
K-lite Full

I am able to stream 720HD just fine, there is a 20-30 second delay before playback as the buffer gets a head start, then it dumps to memory. My memory normally runs about 380+/-, but when streaming and encoding it jumps to 1GB or higher. I was very skeptical of this before trying this experiment. I did notice do a difference in how it handles the playback with older .avi with older codes can actually tax the atom pretty good. Some M4V play back is easy for the atom to transcode and others work it pretty hard. For instance Speed Racer has lots of special effects and vibrant colors, the cpu will run about 90-95% then drops to 70-80% after the buffer kicks in, but If i play Stealth, the cpu runs up to 80-85% then the buffer kicks in and the cpu drops to 30-35%. So so far its doing great. I'm open to feedback, questions and suggestions.

Hope this helps out.

P.S. if your wondering how much it cost to set up, it was $368. But if you choose the linux version, remove $100, the WHS was $100.
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