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Is an i3 2100 enough for HD video?

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So, I have an i3 2100 and a 120gb SSD sitting around that I have nothing to do with. I don't really want the hassle of selling and shipping them, so I'm gonna do some sort of server/htpc build.

I won't be able to use a dedicated card, because I'm basically down to either an Antec ISK-110 or Habey EMC-600 case. Both are barely bigger than an itx board (which I plan to use), and neither have an expansion slot. I think I'm going to go with the Antec and mount it to my TV.

My question is basically whether or not the HD 2000 graphics will be enough for 1080p video. I don't have a ton of them, but I would like the ones I have to play smooth.
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post #2 of 9
its more that enough, becouse it has onboard decoder, so actual gpu or cpu won't be doing any work wink.gif
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post #3 of 9
It should do fine, if you notice some lag well its an i3 rolleyes.gif
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I can confirm that with K-Lite codec pack, 1080p runs smooth on the 2100. So you are good to go smile.gif

Here's a link to the download page: http://www.free-codecs.com/K_Lite_Codec_Pack_download.htm
I would advice everyone to swap out VLC for this, it does not look all that good, but it runs 10x better than VLC ever did!
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My other concern is the power supply. The ISK-110 comes with a 90w psu that is actually quite efficient. I think I'll be fine, but it is my only other real concern. The i3 is a 65w chip, it probably rarely hits that, and the ssd hardly draws any power at all.

I might post that question in the Intel forums to see how much the cpu will actually draw, since I might add a 2.5" HDD later down the road.
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post #6 of 9
90w PSU sounds really low, but if you have next to nothing extra in the build, it might actually work!
Although I think I would have gotten a bit bigger PSU personally smile.gif
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post #7 of 9
I don't see it drawing anymore than that at load.
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I know this is a bit old but I thought I'd post these numbers having measure them.

With an i3-3225, ASRock H77M-ITX, slim Blu-ray and 128GB Crucial M4 SSD, with a 120W DC powerboard and 84W AC adapter I was seeing 30-40W under normal usage (desktop, 1080p video) and around 70W if I ran Prime 95 large FFTs.

My desktop has a 72W AC adapter running the i3-2100. Numbers are about the same though I didn't get into as much detail.
post #9 of 9
i3-2100 is more than enough. It's iGPU might even be enough for some madVR rendering, not for any 1080i content though. Depends a bit on your ram.

As a reference my Helios build is pulling 40-45w on the desktop. Browsing it jumps around a bit but this thing is only used for MPC-HC and Win7 WMC.
Playing SD TV from WMC I'm seeing 50w being pulled. MPC-HC (madVR+LAV) around 50-60w depending on settings and/or source.
IBT only 60-61w, Furmark only 74w, both pull around 95w.
During post it pulls max 70-75w.
And do note this build has a discrete GPU so that i3 shouldn't pull anywhere near these kind of readings. Though that also depends on the PSU and it's efficiency.

P.S. My PSU is gonna change late next week, got a 80+Plat 400w Seasonic fanless. GPU probably changes at somepoint to some lower end 7000 or 600 series card.
Edited by lagittaja - 6/2/13 at 4:05am
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