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It's What Roamio Has Inside that Counts

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by sbiller, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. sbiller

    sbiller Active Member

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    Perhaps we can post tear-down pics here...?

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  2. monkeydust

    monkeydust New Member

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    Hmm... that's the 3TB version and that HD is available for 137.99 at amazon.com right now.
     
  3. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    So it's still using a WD drive. I hope there aren't any issues with it.

    Now we need a pic of the inside of the base Roamio. And I guess the Roamio Plus also to verify that it is identical to the Pro.

    Don't look at me though. I won't be opening up mine unless someone comes out with a method to upgrade the Plus hard drive before I pick up my Roamio Pro. But it's great that there are plenty of people that don't mid opening up their units. Thanks!!
     
  4. mlippert

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    Since the Premiere's were underpowered, does anyone know what cpu is in the new Roamio's? I read some reviews saying it was the most responsive TiVo ever, but I'd still like to know details, and what others think of those details.
     
  5. Tico

    Tico Bear Down Cats!!!!!

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    http://www.zatznotfunny.com/2013-06/tivo-series-5/
     
  6. zgamer

    zgamer New Member

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    The Roamio Plus has a Broadcom BCM7241, assuming the Pro has the same proc but haven't seen a opened up base model yet.

    From Broadcom I'm seeing the following specs: 40 nm, HD IP/CATV STB, 3K DMIPS App CPU, DDR3, 700M p/s OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics, USB, SATA, ethernet & SVC Decoding
     
  7. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    1 important spec for some people is what tuner chip is being used? Hopefully not Maxlinear as is the case for Elite/XL4 units.
     
  8. ncbill

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    somebody please open up the smaller, base Roamio and find out if it has a 2.5" instead of 3.5" hard drive.

    iirc, the largest 2.5" sata drive available @ retail is only 1.5TB.
     
  9. Philmatic

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    This is delicious!
     
  10. Philmatic

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    The size of the WiFi card (Top left) seems to indicate that it was a last minute decision, seems to have been glue on after the final design of the motherboard. No reason to not include this in the original design of the motherboard and integrate it.
     
  11. BigJimOutlaw

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    My dose of nerd porn for the day. :D

    One good take-away is that there's no additional active cooling for the Stream chip. So that'll manage any extra noise that some noticed with the Stream.

    I see a rev2 coming someday?
     
  12. sbiller

    sbiller Active Member

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    And nobody commented on the clever title! ;)

    I will need to attribute that title to a beloved blogger who was a day 1 reviewer of the Roamio.
     
  13. brentil

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    You can tell TiVo has finally made it to the modern era, they have heatsinks on the CPUs now! :D
     
  14. Kolenka

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    It is possible it is meant to be removable on certain SKUs. Say if only the Pro was going to have it during design.
     
  15. P42

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    Sam can we get some more high rez pictures? Thanks!

    I see a lot of unused but silk screened space on the board, as if there are other version of the board for other markets. For example, in the bottom right we can see a space for two additional inputs or outputs. I leave it to the folks more knowledgeable than me to identify all the various chips etc.
     
  16. BiloxiGeek

    BiloxiGeek Reality Challenged

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    Here's a thought. If that add-on card at the top left of the image is the WiFi adapter and you weren't going to use WiFi, could that be removed to save on power use and heat generation?

    Taking the thought a bit further, could the connector on the main board then be used to something else? Not sure what would be useful but I do remember the Sony SVR-2000's had the edge connnector that was apparently for factory troubleshooting use and somebody out there designed and manufactured the Cache Card's and TurboNet cards so those TiVo's could connect to ethernet instead of using a phone line.
     
  17. brentil

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    This same hardware is also the Pace XG1 designed for them by TiVo so there may be extra features on those not used here.
     
  18. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I would think the stream chip would be more of a heat generator than the WiFi chips.
     
  19. P42

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    IMO yes, thought it is not a significant source of power consumption or heat. It is also possible that the OS / software checks for it's existence, and will fail to boot if it is absent. The older Tivos, S1 and S2, were not as locked down as the current generation, hence the ability for those tweeks.

    As for the wifi card been removable, several possible reasons. It keeps the mainboard a nice regular shape. It provides an easy way to change it for different markets - I know the number of G channels differs. It is possible that it was an option to get the wifi chip and supporting bits that way, saving design work on the mainboard.

    If it was a lat minute add, they'd have thrown a USB wifi dongle into the box.
     
  20. P42

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    Didn't know that brentil, that is interesting. Thanks!
     

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