1,86" GHz is it enough for 1080p playback?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Maila87, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. Maila87 macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2010
    Not like others bother me specifications like just 2GBs of RAM in basic. But what am I afraid of is that fact if is possible to play 1080p movies in MKV?

    Could it handle that low freq. CPU? :)
  2. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    I'm guessing the integrated GPU would provide enough muscle.
  3. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    Video graphic card will be able to handle it fine. But, when you start doing mutl-tasking then it will face challenges.
  4. miknos Suspended


    Mar 14, 2008
    And how it differs from a 2.4 Ghz (C2D from a macbook pro) in performance?
  5. ventro macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2006
    I'm wondering this too. I need to play 1080p videos on an external 1080p monitor without fuss.
  6. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    In windows with my HP DM3z with the specs in the sig, I can play Flash 720P video in a web browser without problem onto a 1680x1050 screen without problems, and I can play 1080P video that is already saved onto my computer through Windows Media Player without problem, so I would imagine the MacBook Air won't have problems either.
  7. bloodycape macrumors 65816

    Jun 18, 2005
    As long as it is a decent dual core cpu 720p and 1080p should be fine(at least in windows and linux where more things can utilize both the gpu and cpu combos). I can output 1080p off youtube via hdmi on to my tv screen and my Vaio TT only has the su9300 cpu, and intel 4500hd gpu.
  8. cleric macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    Using VLC I can just get by on 1080p high bitrate mkvs. Once they add mac hardware acceleration (there is a rudimentary patch somewhere) it should be nice. Obviously works great in windows.
  9. Maila87 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2010
    Sweet. I need in work to be capable of 1080p playback. So just to decide if is 13" too big or just right size.

    BTW: Until 27" iMac had twice 15" MacbookPro, but now it is too big to take with me :)
  10. King t. macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2007
    should be enough.. but make sure u get it with 4GB ram...

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