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Intel GMA X3100 play HD video?

By pyromaster114
Nov 16, 2007
  1. I was thinking of buying a ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC from Lenovo.
    The video card it uses is the Intel GMA X3100 apparently, if I'm not incorrect. (If I am incorrect, someone please correct me.)

    I was wondering if I were to try and play an high-resolution video file, say something encoded in a .mkv file that has a resolution of about 720p, would this be able to do it well?

    I have heard mixed reports of this and am not sure if the graphics card in the tablet would suit my needs of playing high-resolution video files.
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Well I don't believe that integrated card has any hardware acceleration for the codecs used in high definition format (H.264 & VC-1) so it will all depend on the CPU. You would need a high speed dual-core CPU for the video to be smooth.
  3. pyromaster114

    pyromaster114 TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 246

    Would a 2.4 Ghz. Core 2 Duo CPU be enough? (Never seen one in a laptop much faster than that... at least not one that isn't a Desktop Replacement.
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    I think it might pull it off. In this review they try it out with an Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 & the CPU is used up to about 18% for a 720p trailer. Even though a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo is slower, I think it should suffice.

    ps. I myself have a video card without video hardware acceleration & a Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4GHz) & I can play 720p trailers fine & even 1080p ones rarely give me trouble.
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