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CPU Roundup April 2010

CPU Roundup April 2010

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High Definition Playback

Blu-Ray Playback: Independence Day is encoded in High Definition 1080P format using MPEG4 AVC compression (rather than MPEG2 which is used with older Blu-Ray’s) and is supplied on a dual layer (50GB) disk. An aspect ratio of 2.35:1 is used with letterbox bars at the top and bottom of the 16:9 image. The average video bitrate is around 34Mbps but frequently peaks above this around 42Mbps.

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The maximum CPU usage of the i3-530 during Blu-Ray playback was lower than the average CPU usage of all four AMD processors. This said, all the AMD CPUs performed reasonably well with maximum CPU usage reaching a shade over 50% even with the least powerful AMD Athlon II X2 255 processor.

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

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MKV playback is a little more CPU intensive than Blu-Ray playback, accounting for the increased CPU usage across the board. Once again, the i3-530’s maximum CPU usage was below that of all the AMD processors.

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