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Alienware M11x Notebook Review

Alienware M11x Notebook Review

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High Definition Playback


MKV Playback:
Our test file was a 1080p .mkv file which was taken from a 1080p source and converted into this format.


Due to the inclusion of a HDMI port the M11x is very easy to connect to a HDTV so we were keen to see how it would handle playback of 1080p content. A machine such as this which can playback 1080p could well make the ideal basis for a home theatre system.

The CPU result for the graph above shows the performance of the system when our SU7300 processor is handling the playback of our MKV file. The playback is smooth however it does come very close to hitting 100% CPU use, if a more demanding clip was released this could result in dropped frames.

Thankfully this is another area where we can take advantage of the GPU computing features of the GeForce GT 335M. By installing CoreAVC we are able to pass the processing of HD video content from the CPU to GPU simply by ticking a box in the codec options. With GPU acceleration enabled the processor use drops to as low as 7% with an average of 15%. Not only does this mean that we can play 1080p (and 720p) files with ease, it also ensures there are resources free to perform other tasks while HD content is playing.

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Stuart Davidson

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