To test video decode and playback capabilities of ASRock Vision 3D 252B HTPC, we played back a 1080p H.264-encoded QuickTime clip, along with 1080p Blu-ray movie content, a 1080P MKV file, and HD Flash video (along with just about every other file type). We then fired up Windows Task Manager take a look at CPU utilization in all instances.
|HD Video Playback and CPU Utilization
|HD Video Decode Performance
Full Screen 1080p YouTube Video Playback
Full HD H.264 MP4 Playback, Streaming From a NAS Device
Playback of every file type we threw at the Zotac ZBox Nano ID65 Plus was virtually flawless. We have been using the machine both in the lab and in a home theater environment for about a week and there hasn't been a single file or type of media the machine couldn’t handle. CPU utilization was low with every file we tested, including H.264 encoded MKVs or MP4s and Flash video, and the quality of the video output to both a desktop monitor or Samsung 3D HDTV was excellent.
As you can see in the images above, CPU utilization was very low when playing back HD content. We should point out that these screen caps were taken with the machine connected to an 802.11n wireless network, either streaming form YouTube or playing back an MP4 stored on a NAS attached to the same network.