>> * diskless system : EPIA ML6000 / 600MHz, 512MB, diskless, 100Mbps
> Ethernet, 12V power supply, no fan, no noise : 25W off the wall while
> decoding video
> Blah, only one PCI slot. Where are proper low-power MB's with 2 or more PCI
> slots for DVB-cards?  And how much does the server (NFS, DVB-card(s)) use
> power?

No use of PCI in the client.

The server is powered by an UPS, which tells me 115VA delivered to :
* EPIA EK8000 (fanless)
* 4x 250GB spinning disks
* 1x 8 ports ethernet switch (powered off the PC 5V line)
* the ADSL triple play box (FreeBox, powered off the PC 12V line)
* audio amplifier in standby
* no DVB devices yet

The server being there and useful, adding VDR services to it is just a 
net gain. Finally moving DVB devices to it will also allow me to power 
off other clients, which is also a net gain.

> PCH power requirements:
>> I happened to have my Kill-A-Watt nearby and this is what I found:
>> With the HD spinning: 180mA / 12Watts
>> With the HD idle and the PH in standby: 100mA / 6Watts
> And PCH supports upto 1080p (or 1920x1200 with 16/10 monitor) with no micro
> judders.. :) Just the UI is needed for full VDR-usage.

I guess you're talking about PopcornHour.
This is another path : much more power efficient, much more integrated, 
but much less open and fun than DIY x86 PC hardware ;-)


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