mCubed HFX Micro S13 system: Atom 330, Silenced

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mCubed HFX Micro Configuration:

Measurement and Analysis Tools

Our testing procedures are designed to determine the overall system power consumption at various states (measured using a Seasonic Power Angel), to test its proficiency at playing back high definition videos, and to get rough estimate of its overall performance through various benchmarks. Video memory was set to 128MB.

Video Playback Test Suite

Our main video test suite features a variety of H.264/VC-1 clips encoded for playback on the PC. The clips are played with PowerDVD 8 and a CPU usage graph is created by the Windows Task Manger for analysis to determine the approximate mean and peak CPU usage. High CPU usage is indicative of poor video decoding ability on the part of the integrated graphics subsystem. If the video (and/or audio) skips or freezes, we conclude the board's IGP (in conjunction with the processor) is adequate to decompress the clip properly.

720p | 25fps | ~6mbps
Dark Knight: Dark Knight Trailer 3 is a 720p clip encoded in H.264 inside an Apple Quicktime container.

1080p | 24fps | ~10mbps
Rush Hour: Rush Hour 3 Trailer 1 is a 1080p clip encoded in H.264 inside an Apple Quicktime container.

1080p | 24fps | ~8mbps
Coral Reef: Coral Reef Adventure trailer is encoded in WMV-HD, a variant of the VC-1 codec.

x264/MKV Video Playback Test Suite

MKV (Matroska) is a very popular online multimedia container used for high definition content, usually using x264 (a free, open source H.264 encoder) for video. Playback of such files is heavily CPU dependant and thus extremely stressful on low-end machines. To playback such clips we use Media Player Classic, and CoreAVC, a dedicated H.264 decoder that is known to make such videos playable on marginal systems. The clips were taken from two longer videos — the most demanding one minute portions were used.

720p | 24fps | ~11mbps

Undead Battle: Undead Battle is a 720p x264 clip encoded from the Blu-ray version of a major motion picture. It features a battle between undead warriors.

1080p | 24fps | ~14mbps

Spaceship: Spaceship is a 1080p x264 clip encoded from the Blu-ray version of an animated short film. It features a hapless robot trying to repair a lamp on a spaceship.


Benchmarking Particulars

  • Eset NOD32: in-depth virus scan of a folder containing 32 files of varying size with a few of them being file archives.
  • WinRAR: archive creation with a folder containing 68 files of varing size (less than 50MB).
  • iTunes: conversion of a MP3 file to 256kbps AAC
  • TMPGEnc Xpress: encoding an XVID AVI file to VC-1 (1280x720, 30fps, 20mbps)

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