I did Some Very Interesting Tests today Thanks to the Comment from DenW above. Today I learned exactly how powerfull the HTPC I put together was.
First, I went to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/wi...ntShowcase.aspx
and downloaded the 1080p HD trailer of The Living Sea (IMAX)
Then I went to http://www.apple.com/trailers/
and downloaded the 1080 HD trailer of "King Kong" and the 1080 HD trailer of "The Hills Have Eyes".
I have 3 Computers handy next to each other
one is the AMD Dual Core HTPC I built, See The Specs Here
one is a SONY VAIO PCV RS 410 P4 2.6 with 1 gig of Ram
the other is a Apple G5 Dual 2.7 with 4 Gigs of Ram.
I ran these 1080p trailers on all 3 machines and this is what I found out...First Lets Start with the Sony Vaio.
I ran the 1080p The Living Sea (IMAX) trailer on it in WMP and it kept dropping massive frames. The Movie kept freezing up and was unbearable so I stopped it. I had the Task manager opened during the Playback and the CPU was running at 100% (Probably alot more than that)
I also tried to run the 1080 King Kong trailer on the Sony Vaio with Quicktime and that was not happening.
Here is a Screen Shot from the Sony Vaio Task Manager while the 1080p Trailer in WMP was trying really hard to play.So Next Let's Move onto the Apple G5 Dual 2.7
I ran the King Kong 1080 Trailer on this Machine and launched the Activity Monitor and the CPU was at 52 - 60% usage, the trailer played straight through smoothly. Then I ran Both of the 1080 Trailers and the CPU usage was 85% - 90% and after playing smoothly for about 30 Seconds Quicktime would crash.So Now Lets move onto the HTPC I built.
First I ran the HD 1080p trailer of The Living Sea (IMAX) with WMP and the CPU was at 19% Usage and it played through smoothly.
Then I played the Same file in TheaterTek 2.2 with ffdshow and dScaler with Verns Settings. The CPU then Jumped up to 29 - 33% Usage.
So Then I went for Broke...
I played the Same 1080 file in TheaterTek 2.2 with ffdshow and dScaler with Verns Settings. I also Played a HD 1080 WMP Trailer, A Quicktime 1080 Trailer of King Kong while Ripping a DVD in CloneDVD. All this running at the Same time Smoothly with no dropped frames and the CPU Usage was at 84% Still enough room to run alot more stuff
Here are some screen Shots...
This is the 1080 HD Footage of The Living Sea (IMAX)
Here is My AMD HTPC Not running any Video..
Here is the 1080 HD Footage of The Living Sea (IMAX) running on WMP...
Here is the CPU usage orf TheaterTek with ffdshow and dscaler and Verns Settings...
Here is the CPU Usage of the 3 1080 HD Trailers playing at the Same Time while CloneDVD is Ripping a DVD..