Powermac G4 + Radeon 9800 = HD Video?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by jwt, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. jwt
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    I have a 1.5 GHz Powermac G4 and want to use it as a HD DVR, probably in conjunction with an El Gato product, and play it back on my Hi-Def set. The Radeon 9800 specs page says it does DTV/HDTV decoding. Does anyone have experience playing HD content with this setup?
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    With 1080p video, you'll be lucky to get 10 frames per second with that setup. It's not the video cards fault. It's the CPU.
     
  3. slu
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    slu

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    From Elgato eyeTV Hybrid and eyeTv 250 System Requirements:

    Note: 720p or 1080i HD features require a Dual PowerPC G5 or an Intel Core Duo processor. Analog TV recorded via software encoder, quality depends on CPU performance.
     
  4. macrumors 65816

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    You are not going to get acceptable HD performance from a G4 unless you have a dual and limit yourself to 720p. Video card won't make a difference at all - its all CPU work.
     

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