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Topic # 30116 29-Jan-2009 10:59
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I just got a D945GClf2, anyone using one of these for a HTPC? I've seen mixed reports on 1080p playback, anyone got any first hand experience?

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  Reply # 192732 29-Jan-2009 15:29
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Haven't seen any reviews test decoding 1080p h.264 with the atom 330 dual core yet.  I think it should be possible.

Lets us know how it goes as I'm very interested given how cheap they are

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  Reply # 192737 29-Jan-2009 15:37
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Just saw this...

Here is the 330 playing back h.264 from several sources. There seems to be frame dropping for the Transformers HD DVD but then I don't know if it is an issue on buffering or just the chipset limiting the Atom. Blu-Ray seems to do better but I can't really say.

Anyway, for a HTPC just to play all those HD rips you dled from BT the Atom 330 will sure kick ass.

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  Reply # 192938 30-Jan-2009 15:10
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i tried a couple of these videos,

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/musicandvideo/hdvideo/contentshowcase.aspx

720p plays okay. 70-80% cpu usage.
1080p fails, strange cpu usage, like 60%, i guess the gpu is trying to decode it??

Different players give different results, but nothing seems to play them back.

Apple trailers with quicktime
720 works fine 100% usage 
1080 fails, 100% usage

Gonna try som tv3 .ts files this weekend, well see.


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  Reply # 192939 30-Jan-2009 15:17
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The board would be a lot better if they scrapped the ps2, parallel, pci and vga ports and added dvi and pci-e.



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  Reply # 193318 1-Feb-2009 23:54
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didn't have much luck, mediaportal with coreAVC, plays tv3 pretty good, but its still frame dropping, feels like just 1or 2 frames a sec.
95-100% cpu usage. BLu-ray, is a no go, powerdvd refuses to play it with the on board video. oh well, wait for the nvidia 9400 setup.

Still damn good nettop book, feel much quicker than i thought it would.



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  Reply # 193319 2-Feb-2009 01:09
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Yeah it's because the onboard (Intel GM 950) video only has MPEG-2 hardware acceleration and not H.264, if only the atom 330 had a PCI-E slot and DVI out it would be rocking for a htpc.

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