I'm sourcing components for a linuxMCE setup and I'm not sure the way to go for video. The performance numbers for the 6150 and 7050 look fairly close, but any little bit could help. I've also seen that the 7050 PV contains more HDTV features (purevideo), all of which may not be in the linux drivers yet. However, I have also seen a number of posts that refer to instability of the driver. Has the instability been fixed, or is it expected to be in 0710? I intend to wait for the official 0710 before I jump in and install linuxMCE.
I have also read a number of threads about video tearing with UI2 and alpha blending. Is this something that can be fixed with a dedicated nvidia video card? What I've read is fuzzy on this.
For now, this will go on my ooooold 480p HDTV with component/s-video inputs only, but may quickly be moved to my 720p HDTV with HDMI inputs. Testing has shown that component input is much better than s-video on my 480p TV, so I need component inputs. I have read some conflicting info that says an nvidia 7050 with s-video out is actually a mini-din that supports either s-video or with a break-out cable YPrPb component. I know s-video is a 4 pin connector, and ones I'm seeing on the MBs are 7 pin connectors. Actual YPbPr connectors seem few and far between, and after looking through dozens of MBs trying to figure out which is best for me I don't even remember if there were any 7050pv boards with actual YPbPr connectors, but there are 7050PV boards with s-video.
This isn't yet another "which MB should I buy" post, although I'm open to suggestions. I'm just trying to figure out what features I need, then I'm going to try to find a board that best meets my needs. Once it's all done and tested I will make an entry on the hardware wiki 'cause that's what people here keep talking about even though it seems a bit pointless to me. Having a repository of good info like this sounds like a good idea, but MBs change so often that listing by MB just doesn't seem to be working well. Having the Mainboard section broke down by component (ie 7050PV onboard video) with MB examples and specific MB notes as needed would be MUCH more useful as it's the components/features that what most questions seem to relate to. But I digress, I want to help linuxMCE succeed so I'll play ball and list my equipment once I have a working setup.
Ultimately I will be building at least 6 MDs, possibly more, so going as cheap as possible and as consistent as possible is the goal. At least 5 will be connected to various SD, 480P, and 720P devices via various connections, and a more powerful MD will be connected to a 1080p HDTV.
Sorry for the long winded post, as a recap:
Does a MB with onboard nvidia 7050pv graphics and s-video connection support component YPbPr through a simple cable or do I need a board with dedicated YPbPr connections (possibly only with 6150)?
Is the driver for nVidia 7050PV stable or expected to be stable with linuxMCE 0710?
What is required to avoid tearing when running 480p/720p, faster CPU, more memory, current drivers, dedicated video card?