May 28 2016

News - Intel plans to change GPU development approach

It's no secret that Intel's GPU driver provides a richer experience on Windows than Linux, so it's welcome news that they are planning to take a more shared-code approach with the two OSs. Hopefully, this will translate into better HWA CODEC support in Kodi/OpenELEC where there isn't quite the level of coverage that there is in Windows.

Nov 25 2015

News - PSA: AMD Has Retired All Pre-GCN GPUs

If you've been holding on to an older pre-Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPU, AMD has finally EOL'd driver support for these chips. It's a bit difficult to determine just from the name of the GPU which set have been put out to pasture due to AMD's bizarre moniker recycling scheme, but the gist of it is that if your card is more than three years old, you're out in the cold. AT has a bit more detail on the breakdown...

Jan 13 2014

News - Gigabyte @ CES 2014

Gigabyte was focused mainly at the PC high-end, but there were a few tidbits for HTPC enthusiasts as well. The BRIX was probably the most interesting thing in the bunch though with several different options either just out, or coming soon.

Sep 04 2012

News - PSA - Intel Ivy Bridge (IVB) Core i3 CPUs Shipping

Intel Core i3-3220

It's been a while since we last talked about IVB, and for good reason as none of the more interesting HTPC chips were available at launch (or trickled out of OEM status later on). That has chanced, at least in part with HD 2500 Core i3's available from Newegg and Amazon right now. If you're holding out for the HD 4000 parts (e.g. Core i3-3225), those don't seem to have made it out on the same schedule though with it absent from most sites or listed "out-of-stock". Although, if you don't mind paying a bit more for shipping it looks like TigerDirect has them.

Jun 01 2012

News - Intel HD2500 GPU Tested at AnandTech

We haven't had a chance to take a HTPC-centric look at IVB's HD 2500 so more traditional gaming-style reviews will have to do - stepping into that space AT takes a look at the GPU. Unfortunately, there's no look at its capability with respect to madVR, but since they found that

The 2500's performance is tangibly worse than last year's HD 3000 offering (which makes sense given the 6 EU configuration) and it's not good enough to be considered playable in any of the games we tested.


since HD 3000 was just barely enough for the advanced video renderer, it doesn't look promising. Good thing that the next round of IVB (including a sweet looking 65W i5 with HD 4000) are coming in the next week or so.

"Perfect" is of course relative, so I'm not prepared to write off HD 2500 for those not interested in madVR, we'll just have to wait and see how it performs when we get the chance to really probe its prowess in the HTPC.

Dec 22 2011

News - AMD Radeon HD 7970 Reviewed

Radeon HD 7970

We don't usually pay much attention to high-end GPU releases here at Missing Remote. High-end GPUs are typically overkill for an HTPC unless your specific goal is to build a gaming-grade HTPC. However, the release of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 bears a little extra attention for a couple of reasons. The 7970 not only marks the introduction of a new line of GPUs from AMD, but also the first brand new GPU architecture, dubbed Graphics Core Next, from Nvidia or AMD in years. Even if they're just based on a silicon rev, new lines are interesting to take note of because it is only a matter of time before the line extends down into more HTPC-friendly cards, but as a new architecture, the 7970 is bringing along a host of new technologies that might end up being of value in HTPCs.

Assuming that AMD can refine their cooling system to reduce noise, the power optimizations in the GCN-based chips will be a welcome feature for HTPC enthusiasts. Also, AMD is focused on improving their parallel computer performance with GCN to better compete with Nvidia, a move that might pay dividends in transcoding and video-editing applications. Personally, I find the idea of separate audio streams for each video output fascinating. I could see building a multi-screen HTPC system where a secondary screen provides music control independent of the main screen. It's just unfortunate that we will likely end up waiting a while for GCN-based HTPC-centric GPUs as lower end Radeon HD 7xxx cards are expected to be rebranded 6xxx cards. 

While AMD and NVIDIA are consistently revising their GPU architectures, for the most part the changes they make are just that: revisions. It’s only once in a great while that a GPU architecture is thrown out entirely, which makes the arrival of a new architecture 


Jul 26 2011

News - 24p Works on Intel Sandy Bridge With UAC Enabled

Last week we posted an update on the need to disable User Account Control (UAC) on Intel's second generation HD Graphics IPG (Sandy Bridge) systems, but we still weren't sure how to reliably reproduce the results.  Well a new DH67BL showed up today along with instructions on how to enable the feature on existing hardware which explains why we couldn't nail it down before.

Jun 30 2011

News - AnandTech Does Lnyx (Llano) HTPC Style

I'm really happy to see that in addition to the standard "PC" reviews on Lynx (desktop Llano) launch day, there's at least one HTPC perspective on the platform.  You'll have to read it to get the full story, but it definitely looks like AMD could have a solid competitor to SNB's in our niche once they nail down some driver issues.

Present day consumers use their PCs for multimedia intensive tasks such as HD video playback. These HTPC tasks are not very power efficient when done using the x86 processor alone. Gamers have remained the main focus of the GPU developers. However, the GPU architecture (coupled with a dedicated video decoder on the same silicon) is quite useful for video playback and post processing also. This lightens the load on the x86 processor, and so, even consumers who rarely game opt to go for a discrete HTPC graphics card.


Jun 07 2011

News - Passively Cooled GPUs at Computex 2011

ZOTAC GT 430If you're looking for your next ultimate GPU that is silent, it appears there will be a plethora of choices in the market. Anandtech brings us pictures of several displayed at Computex.

The graphics card pictured here is actually a single-slot ZOTAC model with an NVIDIA GT 430 that is completely passively cooled and of all things, PCI! I'm shocked there's enough demand for new PCI video cards in general, let alone for PCI cards that are passively cooled.

Make sure you check out our GPU Comparison Guide before you make your next video card purchase.

In general, we see a trend in the market preference for quieter, smaller, cheaper, and more powerful GPUs.  In reality, we might see two or three of these features in a product, at the expense of the other( s ).  I took the opportunity to visit as many vendors as my time allowed in Computex to find GPUs which could potentially fit into these categories.


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