Internet videos?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Lightnin Rick, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. Lightnin Rick macrumors member

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    I would like to know what the lowest processor speed of a PC that you can watch streaming videos thru the net that keeps up with audio and video at the same time.
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Depends on the video really. For standard definition, I'd say 1GHz would be the absolute minimum.
     
  3. Abidubi macrumors 6502

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    Also depends highly on format (flash, quicktime or wmv). I know anything HD my 1.8G5 would choke on if it was flash. If it was quicktime (.wmv too) it would play alright.

    4 HD flash movies at once in 1 browser is the limit on the 2009 quads.
     
  4. Illicit macrumors 6502

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    my P3 733MHz streams video and audio from megavideo with no problem. 768 MB of ram.
     
  5. Billydelp4 macrumors regular

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    my g4 with 500 Mhz processor streams youtube, cnn, and espn SD just fine.
     
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  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Ok, I guess I was wrong.
     
  8. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    Yeah. My Pentium Pro 100 MHz CPU handles everything just fine. Stereo Audio and YouTube HQ sized videos all day long without breaking a sweat.

    I would say the absolute minimum CPU requirements is around 33 MHz ~ 66 MHz.

    Also my Amiga 68040 40 MHz can play 1 hour streams from youtube and and GoogleVideo without too much trouble. A little lag sometimes...

    So if the CPU is decoding everything then I guess minimum specs are right around there. However in both the Amiga and the Pentium Pro's case there's a video card involved that assists with decoding.
     

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