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TESTING: VIDEO & BENCHMARKS

Measurement and Analysis Tools

Our testing procedures are designed to determine the overall system power consumption at various states to test its proficiency at playing back high definition videos, and its overall performance through a few benchmarks. Video memory was set to 128MB during video playback.

Video Playback Test Suite

Our main video test suite features a variety of 1080p H.264/VC-1 encoded clips. 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 inadequate to decompress the clip properly.


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


1080p | 24fps | ~8mbps
WMV-HD: Coral Reef Adventure Trailer is encoded in VC-1 using the WMV3 codec commonly recognized by the "WMV-HD" moniker.


1080p | 24fps | ~19mbps
VC-1: Drag Race is a recording of a scene from network television re-encoded with TMPGEnc using the WVC1 codec, a more demanding VC-1 codec.


1080[ | 24fps | ~33mbps
Blu-ray: Disturbia is a short section of the Blu-ray version of Disturbia, the motion picture, played directly off the Blu-ray disc. It is encoded with H.264/AVC.

 

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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