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Intel Core i5-750 , I7 870 and P55

Intel Core i5-750 , I7 870 and P55

Media Playback (Blu-ray/MKV)

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.

Media playback is not the most demanding of tasks and even with 1080p content the i7 CPUs are able to breeze through this test without any major performance impacts. The i5-750 does not fare quite as well but there is still plenty of scope for multi-tasking when watching a Blu-Ray movie on that CPU. Moving to MKV results we see that this format is much more demanding on the systems and the low priced i5-750 uses nearly 25% of its processing power to play the movie. That places it at a similar level in performance to the Phenom 2 965BE. The 870 on the other hand sits at 9% which is a significant increase in performance, one which may be worth the extra cost.

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Stuart Davidson

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