Intel iMac fast enough for HDTV playback?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MartinAyla, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. MartinAyla macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
  2. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I believe that new ATI video card handles H.264 decoding for you. So the new iMac won't even sweat when playing a movie and use those idle CPU cycles for other things.

    Check out the thread on the new ATI card for details.
  3. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Indeed it should... if Apple has fully implemented that in software and drivers. Even then, one of the CPUs will probably use about 75% of its cycles.
  4. hvfsl macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2001
    London, UK
    On the PC, the X1600 (the graphics card in the Intel iMac) can do hardware decoding of H.264. So as long as Apple take advantage of it, you should be able to play 1080p content without problems.

    However you will of course have to get a BlueRay or HD-DVD drive for the iMac when they comes out.
  5. MartinAyla thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    Thanks for the answers.

    But what if it doesn't use the GPU for HDTV playback (if Apple haven't implemented it yet in software)?

    Can the CPU's handle it then?

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