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VIA EPIA SP 1300 All-In-One - HTPC Dream and Car PC Paradise - Benchmarks - CPU Utilisation with MPEG Playback

Today we're taking a look at VIA's latest small form factor All-In-One EPIA motherboard, the SP 1300 based on the latest processors and chipsets to come from the VIA labs. This low power consumption platform with hardware MPEG-2 decoding and hardware MPEG-4 acceleration might just what you're looking for in a silent HTPC or car computer. Read on as we take a close look at the humble yet impressive EPIA SP 1300 All-In-One motherboard from VIA Technologies.

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: May 23, 2005 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9%Manufacturer: VIA Technology

CPU Utilisation


For this test we can both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 movies on the system for the full length and use throttle watch in order to monitor CPU utilisation. We then calculated the average CPU usage readings from this.


- MPEG-2 AVI Playback


For this test we ran a MPEG-2 custom movie of a 4WD trip I filmed a month back that was compressed into MPEG-2 quality. Movie length was one hour.



Here we see that the CPU usage of both is low due to the hardware MPEG-2 decoder built into both chipsets and hence results in smooth playback.


MPEG-2 DVD Playback


MEPG-2 DVD playback was the same movie again, only this time converted to DVD and played back on a Slim Notebook CD drive to determine what, if any, changes have happened.



Here the EPIA SP gets slightly ahead, possibly due to the newer Southbridge being used.


MPEG-4 Playback


For our MPEG-4 tests the same movie was once again played back only this time using the DIVX 5.2 compression codec.



This is where the EPIA SP shines. The EPIA MII relies on the CPU in order to decode the MPEG-4 video and audio streams, where the EPIA SP's Northbridge graphics has a hardware MPEG-4 accelerator built in, taking the strain off the CPU.


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