The Interpreter (H.264)

Our second H.264 test is The Interpreter which we've used in the past. Although it's not nearly as stressful as Yozakura, it still eats up almost all of our Core 2 Duo CPU at peak.

The Interpreter (H.264) - Average % CPU Utilization

The BSP engine of the 8600 proves its worth once more as average CPU utilization drops to around 20% once more.

The Interpreter (H.264) - Max % CPU Utilization

Maximum CPU utilization is a bit higher but still less than 30%. In a reversal from Yozakura, note how the 8600 GTS now has a slightly faster CPU utilization than the 8600 GT in PowerDVD.

WinDVD 8 tells a similar story: H.264 offload is absolutely necessary for good Blu-ray/HD-DVD playback.

The Interpreter (H.264) - Average % CPU Utilization

The Interpreter (H.264) - Average % CPU Utilization

Yozakura (H.264) Serenity (VC1)
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  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Friday, April 27, 2007 - link

    I corrected the statement, we will have our 8500 review sample in the coming weeks :)

    Take care,
    Anand
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  • kilkennycat - Friday, April 27, 2007 - link

    Anand, you need to keep an eye on both ZZF and Newegg on release dates for new computer hardware, just in case your review versions don't materialize. The MSI 8500GT (o/c version, irc) was orderable and In Stock at ZZF @10PM Pacific Time on April 16 and continued to be in stock for at least part of April 17. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Saturday, April 28, 2007 - link

    We know they're available, but if we ran out and purchased every piece of new hardware for testing rather than relying on our partners, that can start to put a pretty sizable dent in the old paycheck. Not that we don't often purchase hardware anyway.... Reply
  • mmp121 - Friday, April 27, 2007 - link

    Page 3 paragraph 1, last sentence ends abruptly.

    quote:

    We included both 8600 cards to confirm NVIDIA


    Could you comment on what you are confirming?
    Reply
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Friday, April 27, 2007 - link

    Just confirming that the two 8600s perform the same despite their differences. Thanks for the correction :)

    Take care,
    Anand
    Reply
  • WarlordBB - Friday, April 27, 2007 - link

    Did I miss it, or did you mention it in a previous article?

    What the heck are you using for your HD-DVD drive?
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  • mmp121 - Friday, April 27, 2007 - link

    Most likely the XBOX360 HD-DVD drive. Or heck, maybe he ripped it to HDD? Reply
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Friday, April 27, 2007 - link

    We used the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive. We would never rip a HD-DVD movie to HDD, that would be illegal of course ;) Reply
  • DerekWilson - Friday, April 27, 2007 - link

    quite ... of course, inspite of the fact that ripping the HD or BD movie is illegal (DMCA violation), *having* the HD or BD movie on your HDD is protected by fair use ...

    as Anand alluded to, though, playing back content that isn't aacs protected would result in lower cpu utilization and wouldn't be reflective of the average consumer experience.
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  • Ard - Friday, April 27, 2007 - link

    Well, strictly speaking that's not exactly true. Having a ripped movie on your HDD, assuming you legally own the movie in question, is certainly a fair use due to the software archival provisions in the Copyright Act. However, since the DMCA is itself a part of the Act, having the movie on your HDD essentially becomes de facto illegal because the only way you could put it there is through ripping, which, as you stated, is illegal anti-circumvention. It's things like this (the chilling of fair use and extension of copyright owners' rights) that make me hate the DMCA and all who would use it for their gain.

    On topic, I'm glad to see that the 8600 line is capable of significantly decreasing CPU utilization. I wasn't expecting a drop from 80+% to 24%. It's really incredible.
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