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Old 2010-06-02 , 14:22
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Default Pace HD PVR (4) vs Pace HD PVR 2P

Hi Guys,

Looking at the "HD PVR Viewers Guide" on the DStv website, I noticed the following:

For Pace HD PVR:

Core Architecture
Processor Performance - 456 Dhrystone 2.1 MIPS


For Pace HD PVR 2P (Baby Model):

Core Architecture
Processor Performance 2x475 Dhrystone 2.1 MIPS


I'm not a tech wiz, but it seems that the "Baby Model" has twice the processing power of the "Big Brother"

The Flash Memory also seems to be up from 32MB on the "Big Brother" to 128MB on the "Baby Model"

Do I read this correctly....??





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Old 2010-06-02 , 14:55
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I would also love to know if the smaller HD PVR 2P decoder is a better bet than the HD PVR.

I am about to purchase a second HD PVR but not sure which model to go for...
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Old 2010-06-02 , 15:25
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If you already have one I would go for the 2 tuner in no time.
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Old 2010-06-02 , 15:27
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I would also love to know if the smaller HD PVR 2P decoder is a better bet than the HD PVR.

I am about to purchase a second HD PVR but not sure which model to go for...
depends on what you want to do,
HDPVR (UEC) (PACE) = view 1 record 2
HDPVR2 (PACE) = view 1 record 1

OR performance wise

can't say, H/w is new, technology has changed, more processing power, and memory in the HDPVR2P compared to the older one
does it make a diff to user - ask Merv and Sandtonman
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Old 2010-06-02 , 15:40
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can't say, H/w is new, technology has changed, more processing power, and memory in the HDPVR2P compared to the older one
does it make a diff to user - ask Merv and Sandtonman

Geoff, this is my question...
more processing power and more memory in the "Baby Model"!
is Pace/MC atmitting that the Processing Power and Memory in the "Big Brother" was'nt sufficient and thus upped it in the new Baby Model?

if so.........

what are they going to do about the 4T's out there...?




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Old 2010-06-02 , 15:44
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Thanx Theo and Geoff for your immediate coments...i just posted a seperate thread on this as i didn't want to hijack Werner's thread here!
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Old 2010-06-02 , 15:51
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I think it's just a newer design with newer parts. More memory is always welcome.
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Old 2010-06-02 , 16:20
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Geoff, this is my question...
more processing power and more memory in the "Baby Model"!
is Pace/MC atmitting that the Processing Power and Memory in the "Big Brother" was'nt sufficient and thus upped it in the new Baby Model?

if so.........

what are they going to do about the 4T's out there...?




(1) well I think we all know that the PACE HD PVR 4 T suffered from a serious shortage of resources, so at least our combined experience has impacted on future decoder designs - a good thing.
(2) Whether it is needed in the 2T model? I would think so because at least the decoder will now have the capacity to address the decoding process properly - also an issue with the older models. Granted it has less to do, fewer tuners to control etc.
(3) What is MC going to do about the old decoders out there?

(a) Follow their counterparts overseas and recall and replace? - There is no pressure on MC to do so.
(b) Wait for the older ones to fail and replace on a case-by-case basis? Probably. But does this include improved internal resources? don't know. Need to check the latest 4T spec against the older 4T spec to say.

In my case I think the PACE 4T decoder is going to make the decision for me shortly
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Old 2010-06-02 , 16:38
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@Theo is correct. Prices comes down on components - not unique to the STB market, a reality for all tech equipment.
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Old 2010-06-03 , 10:45
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(1) well I think we all know that the PACE HD PVR 4 T suffered from a serious shortage of resources, so at least our combined experience has impacted on future decoder designs - a good thing.
(2) Whether it is needed in the 2T model? I would think so because at least the decoder will now have the capacity to address the decoding process properly - also an issue with the older models. Granted it has less to do, fewer tuners to control etc.
(3) What is MC going to do about the old decoders out there?

(a) Follow their counterparts overseas and recall and replace? - There is no pressure on MC to do so.
(b) Wait for the older ones to fail and replace on a case-by-case basis? Probably. But does this include improved internal resources? don't know. Need to check the latest 4T spec against the older 4T spec to say.

How about MC/Pace releasing an "Upgrade Package" for the 4T, to get the spec up to the 2P spec (Processing and Memory). I will even pay for this if they don't come up with an insane price.

what you think??
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