PCSTATS Main Page Follow PCSTATS on Facebook PCSTATS RSS Feed PCSTATS Twitter Feed + Motherboards
+ Videocards
+ Memory
+ Beginners Guides
News & Advanced Search  Feedback?
[X]   Directory of
Guides & Reviews

Beginners Guides
Weekly Newsletter
Archived Newsletters


Contact the Suite 66 Advertising Agency
How Motherboards Are Made: A Gigabyte Factory Tour

Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH 945GZ Express Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH 945GZ Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Compact microATX boards don't traditionally come with a lot of peripheral expansion slots, but the Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH is pretty good on this front.
 80% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Nov 13 2006   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH

High Definition Content Playback: System Load Test

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 of tomorrow.

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 Task Manager.

It's interesting to see how well the GA-8I945GZME-RH motherboard handles 720P high definition playback with its 945GZ Express chipset. CPU usage hovers between 18-25%. There is plenty of CPU power to go around and you can run many different things in the background

When playing the 1080P high definition version of the Discoverers video, CPU usage stays in the same ballpark as the previous resolution test indicated. CPU loads spiked at 27%, but in general the processor utilization from the GMA950 graphics logic stayed between 18-25% throughout the short clip.

A tour of the Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH motherboard's highlights is next.

< Previous Page © 2019 PCSTATS.com Next Page >


Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH 945GZ Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel 945GZ Express and ICH7 Chipsets
 Pg 3.  — High Definition Content Playback: System Load Test
 Pg 4.  Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the Gigabyte GA-8I945GZME-RH Motherboard
 Pg 6.  Test System Specs and Benchmarks
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Bapco Sysmark 2004
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 12.  How Does 945GZ Express Handle Core 2 Duo?

Use the power of Google to search all of PCSTATS and the PCSTATS Forums. Tell us what you think of this new feature - FEEDBACK?
   08 / 17 / 2019 | 2:04PM
Hardware Sections 

PCSTATS Network Features Information About Us Contact
PCSTATS Newsletter
ShoppingList Assistance
Tech Glossary
Technology WebSite Listings
PermaLink News
Archived News
Submit News (Review RSS Feed)
Site Map
PCstats Wallpaper
About Us
Privacy Policy
Advertise on PCSTATS

How's Our Driving?
© Copyright 1999-2019 www.pcstats.com All rights reserved. Privacy policy and Terms of Use.