High Definition Playback

We used the Blu-ray edition of Avatar to measure the CPU utilization of each system. The Asrock Vision 3D averaged lower CPU utilization than the Core 100HT-BD (15% versus 18%), while the the AMD Phenom II X2 560 test system was significantly higher than either Intel chip at 28%.

We also tested CPU utilization using a 1080p .mkv copy of Avatar (converted from a 1080p Blu-ray source). Again, the overhead is slightly lower for the Asrock Mini PCs, but the CPU utilization of our Phenom II X2 560 system actually increased to 32%.