View Full Version : 3Ghz C2D enough to decode HD h264 video?

20-04-2008, 09:39 AM
My next computer will probably have a Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, 3.00GHz CPU
I don't play games so I might simply grab a motherboard with onboard graphics

However I do intend to watch freeviewHD and blue-ray (eventually..), and since I won't have any hardware acceleration, will the CPU itself be powerful enough for decoding the video?

I've read posts about people needing to buy 8500GT or similar to allow hardware acceleration, but no one really mentions the bare CPU requirements for watching eg. TV3 on freeviewHD without using hardware acceleration from a graphics card.

20-04-2008, 09:43 AM
You should be absolutely fine.

20-04-2008, 09:50 AM
Fine. I'm decoding on a 1.83ghz C2D on my laptop.

20-04-2008, 04:20 PM
Any guesses on the CPU utilization?

20-04-2008, 04:26 PM
Any guesses on the CPU utilization?

Varies. TV1/2 around 50-60%, TV3 around 60-70% depending on the quality of the video.

My system has C2D T5600 (1.83ghz) CPU, 2GB of Ram, and onboard graphics.

20-04-2008, 05:03 PM
Well acutally, Blue ray has very steep system requirements to decode all that drm stuff.

Go here
and download the program, it will scan your system to see if you can play blu ray disks.

20-04-2008, 07:46 PM
Should be fine use COREAVC as the codec for playback