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HD Video Playback With A $20 CPU & $30 GPU On Linux

Dec 11, 2008, 20:03 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Michael Larabel for this link. ]

"The testing in this article is similar to our original NVIDIA VDPAU benchmarks, but we have now benchmarked not only H.264 but also WMV3 and MPEG acceleration and our test system is very economical. The CPU we used for this latest round of testing is an AMD Sempron LE-1150. The AMD Sempron LE-1150 is a single-core "Sparta" processor clocked at 2.0GHz and built on a 65nm process. There is only 256KB of L2 cache unlike the newer AMD Phenom CPUs that have 512KB of L2 cache for each of its four cores or even some of the Athlon 64 CPUs that have 1MB of L2 cache. One nice feature though about this processor is the 45W thermal design, which makes it ideal for small form factor PCs and media center PCs where minimal active cooling is preferred to keep a low noise level. The voltage range for this low-end processor is 1.20/1.35/1.40V. We purchased this processor brand new for $22 USD with its stock heatsink."

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