Originally Posted by DanPackMan
Are you doing your PLEX transcoding on the N54L?
Yes, I am transcoding with Plex.
Here are some stats:
So my machine runs Win7, FlexRAID, some downloader / web services, Plex, AVG Free, and some remote monitoring software. The baseline CPU usage is around 4% with all that running and idling. An ATI 5450 gives me HDMI out to my TV and GPU video acceleration
If I watch a 1080p 15Gb MKV on my local Plex HT (running on the same machine) it goes up to ~11%
I can watch that same MKV on my Android tablet, and the CPU usage shoots up to ~70% or more.
However, when I run Plex Sync, the tablet app tells me (which the server CPU is at 100%) that the server is transcoding that at 5.5x realtime
So, my theory is (and someone from Plex correct me if I'm wrong), that the current 'new transcoder' algorithm is set to maximise CPU usage where possible, so as to transcode as fast as possible using your unused CPU cycles, so as to build up a buffer. Therefore the fact that the CPU jumps to 100% is not so much an indication of the server running out of power, but the transcoder making best use of available CPU power at the time.
If you guys like, I'll run some tests and see where the limit is with my setup, but certainly I have had no problems thus far with transcoding.
Benchmarks wise, the n54L processor (2.2Ghz Turion dual core) is twice as fast as an Atom 525, and half as fast as an i3 1220T.