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Asus P2-M3A3200 HTPC Review

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Obviously, when it comes to gaming, the 780G chipset, although it does perform much better than previous integrated graphics chipsets, is quite a failure. However, that's not the market AMD was targeting when they were designing this chip. What they we're really aiming for is the low-end segment as well as HTPC's like this one from Asus. With movies and series being released in high resolutions such as 720p or even 1080p, it's important to have capable hardware to have stutter-less and smooth video playback, which is exactly what this chipset does. As you may know, it can do hardware video decoding, so it takes the load off the processor, which really struggle when it's time to play high definition content.

In order to test this, I haven chosen a random 1080p movie and since they all have to show the same amount of pixels, they all put the same load on the computer. I went with the extended edition of the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and opened Windows' task manager to monitor processor usage. Finally, VLC media player was used since it is my software of choice for video playback. This one can play nearly every format without a hitch, it's light weight, it's free and it's open. What else is there to ask for? I picked up random scenes within the movie in order to showcase processor usage.





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