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I3 2100 or A6 X4 3650 capable of problem free 1080p playback?

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As stated above, are they fully capable of 1080p/bluray playback without overclocking or tweaks of any sort?

I have an "older" (e8600, hd5xxx) HTPC which has been having random hardware issues and it's all the excuse I need to build a new one biggrin.gif

Just looking to keep it simple and just avoid a video card if possible.
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They are both more than capable - the i3 will use less power and the integrated GPU will be more than enough if you're just looking to do video - it is even more than enough to run high end gaming if you have a dedicated video card.
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Actually, both the i3-2100 and A6-3650 should use around the same power during video playback. The difference will be at CPU+GPU load (e.g. stress test, gaming) where the A6-3650 can consume more than twice the power of a 2nd gen i3 build (of course, while delivering much higher frame rates, higher resolution or better quality - sometimes even all three). The i3-2100 has some issues with 24p content and doesn't play nice with open-source/freeware decoders/players (both are likely related to drivers), but otherwise, there are no performance issues.
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Intel iGPU Build
  • LGA-1155 MB, $70
  • Intel Pentium G620, $70
  • TOTAL: $140
Pro's:
  • better performance in applications not optimized for more than two cores
  • existing upgrade path (can go at least as high as i7-2600K currently)
  • lower power consumption and heat output
Con's:
  • worst 3D/gaming performance
  • 23.976 bug
  • bad open-source/freeware decoder support


Intel dGPU Build
  • LGA-1155 MB, $70
  • Intel Pentium G620, $70
  • NVIDIA GT 430, $60 or AMD HD 5670, $60
  • TOTAL: $200
Pro's:
  • better performance in applications not optimized for more than two cores
  • CUDA support with NVIDIA GPU
  • LAVCUVID support with NVIDIA GPU
  • Linux VDPAU support with NVIDIA GPU
  • best 3D/gaming performance
  • existing upgrade path (can go at least as high as i7-2600K currently)
  • good open-source/freeware decoder support
Con's:
  • bigger case required (with room for discrete GPU)
  • higher power consumption and heat output


AMD iGPU Build (no A4 or E2 yet)
  • FM1 MB, $70
  • AMD A6-3600, $100 (?) or AMD A8-3800, $120 (?)
  • TOTAL: $170~190
Pro's:
  • better performance in applications optimized for more than two cores
  • good 3D/gaming performance
  • lower power consumption and heat output compared to Intel dGPU
  • good open-source/freeware decoder support
Con's:
  • practically no upgrade path until Trinity is released (currently maxed at A8-3850)

If you don't plan on using Linux and you don't ever see yourself needing more performance than Llano can offer, then a video playback/light gaming HTPC based on the A6-3650 would give you an excellent balance of CPU and GPU performance. It also features better support for open-source/freeware decoders/players (e.g. ffdshow, VLC, MPC-HC) compared to Intel IGP and has less issues with 24p (23.976) content.
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