HD Media Playback and Encoding
Core i5-2500: 1080p Flash Video
Core i3-2120: 1080p Flash Video
AMD A8-3850 APU: 1080p Flash Video
Cyberlink's Media Show Espresso is a video conversion tool that imports various video media files types and converts them to other standard video formats for publication, distribution and / or streaming. In this test, we take a 184MB high definition 1080p AVCHD video clip and compress and convert it to a iPhone 4 H.264-encoded .MP4 file. Times are measured in minutes:seconds with lower times representing faster throughput in the video conversion process.
We ran this test both with an without hardware acceleration on all of the platforms and the differences in performance were huge. To put it simply, Intel's Quick-Sync technology rocks. With it enabled, all of the second-gen Core processors ripped though the video in 10 seconds. But even without Quick-Sync though, the Intel chips put up good numbers. Intel's dual-cores only slightly trailed AMD's quads. What's interesting to note is that the A8-3850's GPU is actually slower to encode video than the CPU cores--at least with the latest version of MediaShow Espresso.