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ASRock Core 100HT Home Theater PC Review
|Product:||Core 100HT HTPC|
|Date:||Fri, Mar 25, 2011 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Justin West -|
Youtube HD and Netflix HD Playback
YouTube HD PlaybackFor our YouTube HD playback test, we streamed the Thor HD Trailer at 1080p while the system monitor recorded the CPU usage in the foreground. No applications other than the Google Chrome browser were running while the video played in full-screen mode.
Thor HD Trailer
Here we see the ASRock Core 100HT is able to stream YouTube in HD with little effort. The CPU Utilization rarely spikes and the average usage is lower than 5%!
Netflix HD Playback
Heroes: Season 1 Episode 1
Streaming HD Content from Netflix was a slightly different story given that Microsoft Silverlight is not optimized nearly as much as Flash. Here we see the ASRock Core 100HT had its CPU utilization elevated regularly on three of the four threads with the average hovering around 25%. This means that if anything is running in the background that also heavily depends on the CPU, you will run the risk of stuttering HD content. While this is not necessarily the fault of the Core i3 processor, it is the nature of the Silverlight beast.
Next Page - Power Consumption
Page 1 - An Incredibly Small HTPC
Page 2 - The ASRock Core 100HT: Inside and Out
Page 3 - ASRock Core 100HT BIOS
Page 4 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 5 - PCMark Vantage
Page 6 - Peacekeeper Browser Benchmark
Page 7 - Geekbench
Page 8 - x264 HD Encoding and Blu-Ray ISO Playback
Page 9 - Youtube HD and Netflix HD Playback
Page 10 - Power Consumption
Page 11 - Final Thoughts on the ASRock Core 100HT HTPC