Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, chapter 1. Indy 4 is encoded in High Definition 1080p format using MPEG4 AVC compression (rather than Mpeg 2 which is used on older Blu-Ray’s) and comes on a dual layer(50 Gb) disc. The aspect ratio of 2.40:1 is used with letterbox bars at the top and bottom of the 16:9 image. This portion of the movie has an average video bitrate of around 37 Mbps and regularly peaks above this making it one of the most demanding Blu-Rays on the market. For comparison, a movie such as Casino Royale has a bitrate of 24 Mbps.
MKV: Our test file was a 1080p .mkv file which was taken from a 1080p source and converted into this format.
When playing a Blu-Ray without GPU acceleration the Athlon 2 X4 620 provides excellent playback with results which are only 1.3% higher on average than a chip twice its price. When we enable GPU acceleration which is a feature of the 785G chipset found on the GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H the CPU use drops significantly.
Our MKV playback test, which is more demanding than Blu-Ray, focuses on CPU performance of a clip which is not being accelerated by the GPU. In this scenario the 810 and 620 CPUs perform at a similar level with the 965BE providing noticeably better results. For someone who watches a lot of MKV files while multi-tasking the extra money spent on a higher specification processor could be worthwhile.
Last month Intel launched their Z97 chipset, essentially an evolution of Z87, which in many cases brought new features such as SATA Express and M.2 compatibility to the mainstream desktop market. There was of course no new CPU at that time with the existing socket 1150 processors working without issue in the new boards. Since then though Intel launched (along with some lower spec models) the Core i7-4790K, a model which sits at the top of their mainstream platform. Today we see how it compares to various other models when installed on Gigabytes Z97X Gaming 5 and paired with PowerColors new dual core 290X Devil 13.
PowerColor offer their own branded version of the liquid cooled R9 295 X2… and now for those who want a similar level of framerate they have their air cooled dual core R9 290X with Devil 13 branding. Today we take a look at this R9 290X2 to see what Powercolor can do with their custom design card in a selection of games including Battlefield 4 and GRID Autosport at 4K resolution.