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    Heat vs Speed

    1. The faster the CPU, the hotter it gets
    2. The faster the CPU, the smoother MediaPortal will run
    3. The faster the CPU, more simultaneous tasks can be done

    Now, with all of these there is a major trade off, and that is the first point. the heat. This is more of an issue for Intel processor owners as generally, they are the hotter CPU (when compared to AMD products).

    More Speed = Heat

    The trade off here is that whilst we want a slick, fast and smooth Media Portal experience, the faster the CPU we put into our PC, the hotter it gets. And the hotter the CPU gets, the more air required to keep the CPU cool. And the more air we move around our systems, the louder they get. And the louder they get, the less acceptible they become in our living and lounge rooms. So when organising your hardware, have a think about hwat tasks your Media Portal PC will do, and buy the hardware to suit.

    EG. If you only want to perform standard functions, like record one digital channel and watch another digital channel at the same time. A 2.0 GHz CPU will do just fine, and it wont be too hard to keep cool

    More Speed = Smoother

    This is only an issue when you have low end hardware. If you have a slow 1GHz CPU and an older video card and you are running Media Portal on a TV at a high resolution, then you may see a slight jerkyness to Media Portal, this is not caused by the application, but by your hardware. You first need to determine which part of your system is causing the bottle neck, and upgrade the components to suit your installation.

    More Speed = More Tasks

    This is what we are after isn't it? Like above, a 2GHz CPU will be fine for recording and watching of different channels, or Listening to a disk based CD and watching a slide show. So any more horsepower then this will be overkill. That is unless you are recording in 1080p, then you will need a faster CPU, say 2.8GHz or better.

    CPU Charts

    AMD

    CPU

    Socket

    Core

    Rating

    TDP

    VTemp

    ATHLON XP

    Socket A

    Palomino

    1900+ - 2100+

    68 - 71 Watt

    90°

    ATHLON XP

    Socket A

    Thoroughbred

    2100+ - 2600+

    62,1 - 68,3 Watt

    85°

    ATHLON XP

    Socket A

    Thoroughbred

    2800+

    74,3 Watt

    85°

    ATHLON XP

    Socket A

    Barton (FSB 333)

    2500+ - 2800+

    63,8 - 68,5 Watt

    85°

    ATHLON XP

    Socket A

    Barton (FSB 333)

    3000+

    74,3 Watt

    85°

    ATHLON XP

    Socket A

    Barton (FSB 400)

    3000+

    63,8 Watt

    85°

    ATHLON XP

    Socket A

    Barton (FSB 400)

    3200+

    76,8 Watt

    85°

    SEMPRON

    Socket 754

    Paris

    3100+

    62 Watt

    70°

    ATHLON 64

    Socket 754

    Clawhammer

    3000+ - 3700+

    89 Watt

    85°

    ATHLON 64

    Socket 754

    Clawhammer

    4000+

    89 Watt

    70°

    ATHLON 64

    Socket 754

    Winchester

    3000+ - 3500+

    67 Watt

    68°

    ATHLON 64

    Socket 939

    Winchester

    3000+ - 3500+

    67 Watt

    68°

    ATHLON 64

    Socket 939

    Venice

    3000+ - 3800+

    62 - 68 Watt

    65°

    ATHLON X2

    Socket 939

    Manchester

    3800+ - 4200+

    89 Watt

    65°

    ATHLON X2

    Socket 939

    Manchester

    4600+

    110 Watt

    65°

    ATHLON X2

    Socket 939

    Toledo

    4400+ - 4800+

    110 Watt

    65°

    Intel

    CPU

    Socket

    Core

    Rating

    TDP

    VTemp

    Celeron 4 2000

    Socket 478

    Northwood

    2000

    70,4 Watt

    67°

    Celeron 4 2100

    Socket 478

    Northwood

    2100

    74 Watt

    67°

    Celeron 4 2200

    Socket 478

    Northwood

    2200

    76,1 Watt

    67°

    Celeron 4 2300

    Socket 478

    Northwood

    2300

    77,7 Watt

    67°

    Celeron 4 2400

    Socket 478

    Northwood

    2400

    79,1 Watt

    67°

    Celeron 4 2500

    Socket 478

    Northwood

    2500

    81,3 Watt

    67°

    Celeron 4 2600

    Socket 478

    Northwood

    2600

    83,5 Watt

    67°

    Celeron 4 2700

    Socket 478

    Northwood

    2700

    85,7 Watt

    67°

    Celeron 4 2800

    Socket 478

    Northwood

    2800

    87 Watt

    67°

    Celeron D 315

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    2266

    73 Watt

    67°

    Celeron D 320

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    2400

    73 Watt

    67°

    Celeron D 325

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    2533

    73 Watt

    67°

    Celeron D 330

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    2666

    73 Watt

    67°

    Celeron D 335

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    2800

    73 Watt

    67°

    Celeron D 340

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    2933

    73 Watt

    67°

    Celeron D 345

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    3066

    73 Watt

    67°

    Celeron D 325 J

    Socket 775

    Prescott

    2533

    84 Watt

    67°

    Celeron D 335 J

    Socket 775

    Prescott

    2800

    84 Watt

    67°

    Celeron D 340 J

    Socket 775

    Prescott

    2933

    84 Watt

    67°

    Celeron D 345 J

    Socket 775

    Prescott

    3066

    84 Watt

    67°

    Pentium 4 1700

    Socket 478

    Willamette

    1700

    85,3 Watt

    75°

    Pentium 4 1800

    Socket 478

    Willamette

    1800

    88,9 Watt

    77°

    Pentium 4 1900

    Socket 478

    Willamette

    1900

    92,3 Watt

    75°

    Pentium 4 2000

    Socket 478

    Willamette

    2000

    95,7 Watt

    75°

    Pentium 4 A 1800

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 400)

    1800

    49,6 Watt

    68°

    Pentium 4 A 2000

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 400)

    2000

    52,4 Watt

    68°

    Pentium 4 A 2200

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 400)

    2200

    55,1 Watt

    69°

    Pentium 4 A 2400

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 400)

    2400

    57,8 Watt

    70°

    Pentium 4 A 2500

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 400)

    2500

    59,3 Watt

    71°

    Pentium 4 A 2600

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 400)

    2600

    62,6 Watt

    72°

    Pentium 4 B 2533

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 533)

    2533

    59,3 Watt

    71°

    Pentium 4 B 2666

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 533)

    2666

    66,1 Watt

    74°

    Pentium 4 B 2800

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 533)

    2800

    68,4 Watt

    75°

    Pentium 4 B 3066

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 533)

    3066

    81,8 Watt

    69°

    Pentium 4 C 2600

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 800)

    2600

    69 Watt

    72°

    Pentium 4 C 2800

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 800)

    2800

    69,7 Watt

    75°

    Pentium 4 C 3000

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 800)

    3000

    81,9 Watt

    70°

    Pentium 4 C 3200

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 800)

    3200

    82 Watt

    70°

    Pentium 4 C 3400

    Socket 478

    Northwood (FSB 800)

    3400

    82,1 Watt

    70°

    Pentium 4 2800

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    2800

    89 Watt

    70°

    Pentium 4 3000

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    3000

    89 Watt

    70°

    Pentium 4 3200

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    3200

    103 Watt

    70°

    Pentium 4 3400

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    3400

    103 Watt

    70°

    Pentium 4 520

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    2800

    89 Wattv

    68°

    Pentium 4 530

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    3000

    89 Watt

    68°

    Pentium 4 540

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    3200

    103 Watt

    68°

    Pentium 4 550

    Socket 478

    Prescott

    3400

    103 Wattv

    73°

    Pentium 4 520

    Socket 775

    Prescott

    2800

    84 Watt

    68°

    Pentium 4 530

    Socket 775

    Prescott

    3000

    84 Watt

    68°

    Pentium 4 540

    Socket 775

    Prescott

    3200

    84 Watt

    68°

    Pentium 4 550

    Socket 775

    Prescott

    3400

    84 Watt

    68°

    Pentium 4 560J

    Socket 775

    Prescott

    3600

    115 Watt

    73°

    Pentium 4 570J

    Socket 775

    Prescott

    3800

    115 Watt

    73°

    Pentium 4 630

    Socket 775

    Prescott

    3000

    84 Watt

    68°

    Pentium 4 640

    Socket 775

    Prescott

    3200

    84 Watt

    68°

    Pentium 4 650

    Socket 775

    Prescott

    3400

    84 Watt

    68°

    Pentium 4 660

    Socket 775

    Prescott

    3600

    115 Watt

    73°




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