got a ER1401 on order is it worth fitting an SSD drive? - Printable Version
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- voochi - 2011-07-28 18:00
bertybassett Wrote:Any know if that SSD is faster booting that the normal HD?
Its faster for sure, but only you can make the decision about how much money that is worth to you. When I am finished with my HTPC most of the time I use suspend rather than a full shutdown. So boot time isn't really important to me. But everybody will have different preferences.
- sraue - 2011-07-29 04:17
bertybassett Wrote:1) 10.1 live (will try as stable then update to nightly). Will also update nvidia drivers to help with high bit rate 1080p video.
openelec can be updated/downgraded very fast and easy, much faster then xbmc-live or any other distro. see here: http://openelec.tv/installation/updating
- bertybassett - 2011-07-29 10:59
tested the machine last night and I must say I am impressed.
I updated the Nvidia drivers to the latest version and I had 1080p video running without any problems, I must point out I did not try 1080p directly from XBMC live with the default shipped Nvidia drivers.
5.1 sound via the HDMI cable without any fiddling (well I spent 3 years fiddling but that my fault because I had my amp set to audio = optical, d'oh).
The device is very quiet less that my PS3 until you try something processor intensive, like scrapping the library. Then it becomes just a tad louder than my PS3 but certainly not as loud as my xbox slim. Once you are playing a film it is unnoticeable.
The device is perfect performance wise, the menus are slick and don't not stutter or stick (unlike my does Revo 3610) therefore I do not see any need for more memory.
I am going to fit the SSD to keep the temps down to help prevent the fan from coming on as I am a noise freak but to honest I could like with the fan coming on as its not too loud. the bonus too this is I will have the old 2.5 sata HD to use as an external drive.
Overall when considering the price I aware this device 9.5 out of 10. This is almost the prefect XBMC machine. If they had included an MCE remote then it would have been 10 out of 10
P.S. It doesn't come with any mouse or keyboard, so don't forget to order one from ebuyer.com
- bertybassett - 2011-07-29 11:01
sraue Wrote:openelec can be updated/downgraded very fast and easy, much faster then xbmc-live or any other distro. see here: http://openelec.tv/installation/updating
Must say the device failed to sleep when using openelec generic build (xbmc live had no problems) might try the ION2 build tonight.
- voochi - 2011-07-29 13:01
bertybassett Wrote:I am going to fit the SSD to keep the temps down to help prevent the fan from coming on as I am a noise freak but to honest I could like with the fan coming on as its not too loud. the bonus too this is I will have the old 2.5 sata HD to use as an external drive.
I don't believe the SSD will change the fan activity. The fan is triggered by CPU and GPU temperatures and maybe a mobo sensor.
Yes a SSD might run cooler than a spinning-platter disc, but only a little bit and it will have negligible effect on anything else including ambient temp inside the chassis.
- roidy - 2011-07-29 15:30
bertybassett Wrote:tested the machine last night and I must say I am impressed.
I'm very tempted to buy one of these to replace my very noisy Asrock 330 thats shaped like a brick and over heats alot
Could you tell me did it come with the vesa mounting bracket, it's show in the pictures on the ebuyer site but it's not mentioned in the description?
- bertybassett - 2011-07-29 16:29
yes vsea mount is included.
- roidy - 2011-07-29 17:07
Cool, at £129 it's a steal
One more quick question, what size is the spacing on the vesa mount?
Thanks for the reply.
- NRF19 - 2011-07-30 00:04
I have one of these but I'm thinking of building my own machine instead, for me with the latest graphics drivers on all distros and 1080p playback is laggy.
The problem doesn't lie in networking as it is gigabit and quite frankly I'm confused as to whether it can handle it or whether the problem lies with the drives inside my unRAID server. Will try playing same file from local disk and over network later.But any other suggestions to check failing that?
- bertybassett - 2011-07-30 02:11
lastest drivers, 1080p 15Gb mkv file and it worked like a dream. OK I would image a 45Gb blu-ray rip might fail but all my newsgroup downloads worked like a charm.