High Definition Content
Playback: System Load Test
High definition content is on the verge
of mass release and you might as well find out if the new parts are up to snuff
so to say. With both Intel and AMD pushing the idea of the 'digital home' like
no tomorrow, it's time to find out whether the systems of today, like the
Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH motherboard, are ready for the high definition content
Intel is following ATi and nVIDIA's
lead when it comes to integrating high definition video accelerators onto its
graphics chipsets, but at least it is making an effort. These accelerators
dramatically reduce CPU usage when high definition content is being played, and
enable the computer to do other tasks. From Up and Down Scaling of video content
to High Definition Content Decode, Intel's "Stunning Video Playback" suite of
technologies looks like it may rival ATi's 'AVIVO' and nVIDIA's 'PureVideo' in
terms of high definition content acceleration.
CPU Load with
Intel's 'Stunning Video Playback'
To test the
high definition video playing capabilities on the Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH motherboard,
and specifically its Intel GMA950 onboard videocard via the Intel 945GZ
Express chipset, we'll playback a video downloaded from Microsoft's WMV HD Content
Showcase through Windows Media Player 10.
"The Discoverers" (IMAX) video is available in both 720P and 1080P formats. The
Core 2 Duo E6600 processor utilization during playback will be monitored via