How well do the newer Raspberry Pi models play HD video from the
web? I'm looking for an inexpensive solution that can play video
from arbitrary web pages (which rules out Roku). I never could
get the original Raspberry Pi I bought a few years ago to play
live video very well, even with the GPU acceleration license key
What are the newer Raspberry Pi models?
I have an RPi3 with Raspbian.
I tried for several days to get it to play
Sopcast and AceStream streams with OMX, which
is possible according to some, but I was
ultimately unsuccessful and instead got my
hands on a laptop onto which I put Debian 8
from a live DVD I got from Linux Magazine from
the public library.
Then I installed the Adobe Flash Player and
didn't even have to bother with the streams to
get to the Olympics.
Flash is a well known CPU/GPU hog.
I can get a 'scrap' PC - fully working in case with PSU that loaded
with linux is capable of outperforming a Pi byu a factor of at least ten.
7-20 year old 64 bit machines are ten a penny.
Microsoft : the best reason to go to Linux that ever existed.
Not always. My desktop machine is a quad-core I5 Fujitsu Esprimo and
it typically consumes around 20 watts, even with three hard disk
drives and 8Gb memory.
It *is* difficult to find actual power consumption figures though so
it can be a bit of a lottery getting what you want.
Apart from anything else, with modern on-board power management and highly
efficient PSUs, *overall* power consumption is not only much lower than it used
to be, but highly dependent on what the computer is doing.
Very much so. I run temperature monitors on GPU and CPU on this linux
machine. Playing real time games doubles the power on the GPU and
editing videos doubles the CPU....;-)
Eealy pentiums are to be avoided. Power hogs. But dual core celerons are
a lot better.
Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early
twenty-first century?s developed world went into hysterical panic over a
Thats because the actual static drain to run al the kits is only about
18W, and the extra 6 represents what the CPU is taken under modest load.
Very few loads apart from deliberate bench tests will stress the CPU for
long enough to be really noticeable. Its easier to stress the GPU with
real time games.
"It is an established fact to 97% confidence limits that left wing
conspirators see right wing conspiracies everywhere"
My original point was they are cheap and *good enough* with a reasonable
GPU to do full screen flash 'videos off websites'.
It was about 8 years ago that a cheap Nvidia card and a celeron achived
that benchmark for me.
(my brand new 'smart' TV cant by the way. BBC I-player stutters, but
get_iplayer will turn it into MP4 which it plays faultlessely.).
The mere fact that they are not as good as I3 and I5 is what makes them
Not sure what I am running on this desktop, but its rather nice...
Processor : 4x Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-4170 CPU @ 3.70GHz
Quad core I3? yes, better than a celeron,. but the celeron was OK till
its ethernet died.
All political activity makes complete sense once the proposition that
all government is basically a self-legalising protection racket, is
On some CPU benchmarks yes, but the GPU in the Pi is pretty tasty,
certainly better than the older the Intel integrated stuff.
Make sure the GPU has at least 128MB allocated to it, and as long as the
HD graphics aren't wrapped in Flash, a Pi2 or Pi3 with enough CPU cores
to comfortably handle pulling down the video, can just let the GPU do
AMD didn't even launch the 64 bit instruction set until 2000.
But it is quite amazing how well a bang up to date Linux distro works on
machines of that era, compared to how they struggled running even
ancient versions of Windows.
I don't recall ever having any real issues with Windows on any machine
I've had in the last 20 years as long as it had enough memory. The
problems happen when machines are sold with less than adequate memory as
"entry level" which means it won't run for crap.
I will acknowledge it is amazing how much memory is required just to
boot the computer and open a few browser windows, but memory is cheap