NVIDIA Presents 2nd Generation Living Room PC designs at WinHEC
Building on the first generation of living room PC designs, NVIDIA's new designs reduce expense, chassis size, and noise, while improving video quality and performance. The reference design reduces the size of the chassis for the entry model by incorporating integrated graphics on the motherboard and a low riser to hold an add-in card. For other models, chassis size is streamlined by using components that produce less heat and can be packed more densely, and by selecting a special, low profile chassis that accepts the standard micro ATX footprint. NVIDIA's reference design makes perhaps the biggest improvements over the first generation of living room PCs in the areas of heat, power consumption, and noise reduction.
To build a cooler, quieter living room PC, NVIDIA recommends:
- Choosing a CPU with a variable power level and a variable speed fan.
- Using a silent graphics processing unit (GPU) card with high definition hardware accelerated decode and display capability such as a GeForce 6600 Passive or GeForce 6200 with TurboCache.
- Selecting a hard drive rated for intensive streaming applications.
- Providing intelligent platform and GPU power control software that customizes processing power according to the activity such as an nForce4 with nTune software.
- Offloading networking tasks to the NVIDIA nForce4 MCP with TCP/IP acceleration.
Designing Next Generation Media Center PCs. (1.9 MB PDF)
Designing Next Generation Media Center PCs Heat and Noise Data (22.7KB PDF)