A Race To The Bottom: Intel DG45FC

With a title like this, I was expecting Intel’s newest IGP to suck the hind tit. Chris’ testing shows a different story. Some initial testing shows a 28% CPU usage playing back H.264 content. The DG45 will be available in mATX and mini-ITX :). Good news for client HTPCs :).

Morley Digital

Just to be sure, I did test the DG45FC @ 1080p over HDMI running H.264 content ~30Mbps with 2GB of RAM and an Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 and experienced about 28% CPU utilization. Not bad in my book! That was with Vista 32-bit and ArcSoft’s TotalMedia Theatre.