How many 2/4-socket server boards still have Ati Rages? Or other low-end gpu, for the matter.
Good point!! all future CPU are going to be multi-core, and more cores every year. Even 4W atoms are multicore. I am pretty impressed with ffmep-mt performance:The main risk to shader-based decoding IMO is multi-thread decoders maturing and fast CPUs becoming sufficiently cheap and power-efficient that the community loses interest in GPU decode before it gets fully implemented.
- Atom 8W cpu can decode 720p video.
- Core 2 duo 2,2Mhz, 2 cores, 40W, can decode 1080p 40Mbps video.
What could achieve an 8 - 12 cores opteron?
Overkill is a time-honored tradition, particularly when hunting birds :
Punt guns were eventually outlawed in most areas, since there was a real risk of "running out of birds" if their use was continued. I think the record was ~130 birds taken with a single shot.
And FYI: that broadcom device I mentioned is actually a LAPTOP card, so for that application, $50 and you have a LINUX SUPPORTED HD video decoder. It REALLY REALLY is the stationary HTPC-type devices that are going to benefit most from assisted video decoding. And yes, the broadcom device will work in a desktop system, but add in $100 for the socket adapter from mini-PCI-e to PCI-e X1.
And the decoder -- crystalHD BCM7001x -- they go for $50+.
** so for a desktop, you're looking at $150 (significantly more than the price of a sufficient video card). For a laptop, $50, which is about the lower limit for a video card that *might* be enough (or might not be).