SageTV Community  

Go Back   SageTV Community > Hardware Support > Hardware Support

Notices

Hardware Support Discussions related to using various hardware setups with SageTV products. Anything relating to capture cards, remotes, infrared receivers/transmitters, system compatibility or other hardware related problems or suggestions should be posted here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-26-2014, 04:56 PM
tvmaster2's Avatar
tvmaster2 tvmaster2 is offline
SageTVaholic
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: tarana
Posts: 3,925
dual core or quad core AMD processors

I have been using a dual-core AMD Athlon 2.9 processor for a few years.
It's fine for Sage playback thru media extenders.

However, lately I've started adding iPad apps, HBO Go Netflix, Playon into the equation, and I've noticed extreme jerkiness/sluggishness when you request to playback a HD stream on the iPad, in addition to whatever live TV is running thru Sage. Requesting a stream for a lower resolution device like an Android phone causes no problems.

Streaming from my home network on the iPad, directly to HBO Go, etc, in HD, causes no problems. Only when a HD app makes a request to the Sage server (Playon - Air Video HD)

Would a quad-core help to alleviate this problem, and is live transcoding the reason for the bottleneck?

4 gigs of ram in a W7 32bit box (need 1394 channel change, so that's it for ram). Video card is Gigabyte on-board HD4200 Radeon.

So, would a quad-core eliminate the sluggishness? What kind of frame rates does the server have to offer up for two, simultaneous HD streams: 200fps?
__________________
Sage 9 server = Gigabyte AMD quad-core - 4 gigs - integrated ATI HD4200 chipset - SSD boot, Hitachi Deskstar show drives. HD-PVR - Colossus - Win7 32 bit. HD200/300ís networked. HDHomerun tuner. "If you've given up on Weird Al, you've given up on life" - Homer Simpson

Last edited by tvmaster2; 10-26-2014 at 05:10 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-26-2014, 07:09 PM
KryptoNyte's Avatar
KryptoNyte KryptoNyte is offline
Sage Icon
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 2,475
What's the current processor usage when you experience the sluggishness?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-28-2014, 12:22 PM
SWKerr SWKerr is offline
Sage Icon
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,178
If I recall Playon recommends a 4x CPU. I have an i5 4 core on my main server and I have noticed that if I am compressing a BluRay I get that kind of playback problem on both Plex and Playon. Plex seems a little better under load than Playon but they are essentially re-encoding video on the fly so cpu would be important.

So I would say it is likely you need a 4 Core. If you have Comskip or something cpu intensive running you might try disabling it to see how it works. Intensive I\O can use significant cpu so 2 cores really are not that much past the basics. There is a Systems test built into Playon that might tell you something as well.
__________________

Retired SageTV in favor of Plex\Emby and YouTubeTV.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-30-2014, 11:38 PM
tvmaster2's Avatar
tvmaster2 tvmaster2 is offline
SageTVaholic
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: tarana
Posts: 3,925
Quote:
Originally Posted by KryptoNyte View Post
What's the current processor usage when you experience the sluggishness?
100% for a couple of minutes, then it bounces back and forth between 85 - 100 %, when two HD streams are used
__________________
Sage 9 server = Gigabyte AMD quad-core - 4 gigs - integrated ATI HD4200 chipset - SSD boot, Hitachi Deskstar show drives. HD-PVR - Colossus - Win7 32 bit. HD200/300ís networked. HDHomerun tuner. "If you've given up on Weird Al, you've given up on life" - Homer Simpson
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-30-2014, 11:44 PM
tvmaster2's Avatar
tvmaster2 tvmaster2 is offline
SageTVaholic
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: tarana
Posts: 3,925
Quote:
Originally Posted by SWKerr View Post
If I recall Playon recommends a 4x CPU. I have an i5 4 core on my main server and I have noticed that if I am compressing a BluRay I get that kind of playback problem on both Plex and Playon. Plex seems a little better under load than Playon but they are essentially re-encoding video on the fly so cpu would be important.

So I would say it is likely you need a 4 Core. If you have Comskip or something cpu intensive running you might try disabling it to see how it works. Intensive I\O can use significant cpu so 2 cores really are not that much past the basics. There is a Systems test built into Playon that might tell you something as well.
Thanks. It passed the system test, but I don't believe I had two streams active.
Air Video seems to be able to stream a HD file, but it transcodes to SD on the fly, which apparently isn't as taxing?
__________________
Sage 9 server = Gigabyte AMD quad-core - 4 gigs - integrated ATI HD4200 chipset - SSD boot, Hitachi Deskstar show drives. HD-PVR - Colossus - Win7 32 bit. HD200/300ís networked. HDHomerun tuner. "If you've given up on Weird Al, you've given up on life" - Homer Simpson
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
To get a faster dual-core or slower quad-core? That is the question... robogeek Hardware Support 33 03-09-2009 08:33 PM
ERROR (-10)... Only with Quad core, not Dual core? jerryt Hardware Support 2 04-03-2008 07:13 PM
quad core vs dual core garyellis Hardware Support 16 03-13-2008 10:36 PM
HD Homerun and DUAL CORE processors srothwell Hardware Support 12 04-28-2007 09:44 AM
Dual Core processors and Placeshifting ldavis SageTV Placeshifter 5 04-13-2007 05:16 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:03 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 2003-2005 SageTV, LLC. All rights reserved.