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ASRock Vision 3D HTPC Review


by Stuart Davidson - 14th October 2010
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ASRock Vision 3D Mini PC Review

GPU Assisted Computing


GPU computing is something which is fast becoming a very important feature on "video" cards and NVIDIA with their partners have released a number of useful utilities for CUDA enabled cards which all help to enhance the performance of day to day tasks. Here we have taken a few examples of this technology at work to find out how the GT 425M benefits us in real world use.

Windows Drag and Drop Transfer

The Vision 3D is able to take advantage of GPU acceleration for transfers to compatible media players. This means that when we copy a video file to a player Windows recognises if the format is compatible or not. If a conversion is needed we are asked if we would like to convert and copy as one task and should we choose yes the system uses our GPU to enhance performance. This makes the task more simple than converting and copying as two separate tasks, quicker and often cheaper as we don't need to buy a 3rd party utility to convert the files.


Our test file is a 42 minute AVI file.

Results

Badaboom
In this test we take a custom 1920x1080 file and convert it using Badaboom to the highest quality iPod format.

Results

vReveal
In this test we take a 640x480 file from an aging digital camera and run it through various enhancements on vReveal to improve the quality of the content.

Results

In each of the test above we can see that the use of an NVIDIA GPU in the Vision 3D has benefits in real world tasks, reducing the time taken to complete each.
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