Can a PC with 1.6Ghz Dual core and Intel Extreme Graphics Play 1080p ?: Yes, read-on to find-out.
Minimum Requirements for Running 1080p on PC:
A. The minimum requirements to play FullHD content on PC are pretty high, with a standard Codec.
Processor: 2.4Ghz (dual core) or 3.5Ghz (single Core) processor.
Graphics: Nvidia/ATi having bare minimum 256MB Video RAM and core clock 600Mhz.
When you try to play it in a lower config PC, the video plays but is often jerky.
In most PCs, today, this will be hard to achieve since either of the two minimum requirement is not met and in some cases both. But the problem is not limited by the Hardware, but it’s with the codec that you use.
Popular codecs like FFDShow, Klite pack, CCCP, and the one inbuilt in the popular VLC media player, do not make the optimal usage of the Hardware. The best one I know of, that will let you play FullHD 1080p on a basic config, is CoreAVC.
CoreAVC (which actually includes Haali as part of its setup) is a multi-core aware AVC video decoder. It is a proven high performing Codec (in absence of GPU) that let’s you play 1080p on:
Minimum Requirements (using CoreAVC):
Processor: 1.5 Ghz (Dual core), 2.6Ghz (single core)
Graphics: Modern Intel Extreme Graphics or Nvidia or ATi with 128MB video RAM, core clock 300Mhz.
That’s like almost every PC can do it. On average, this means even a 4 year old PC can play it.
How to Run it on any PC:
You can Purchase the CoreAVC or request a trial and download Media Player Classic to accompany it. With Both installed, Open your HD files in Media player Classic, and all your 720p, 1080p Video files will be smoother than ever.
CoreAVC costs $14.95, but it’s worth spending for a HT PC. Though, it’s available over torrents too, but I won’t encourage piracy.
The latest version supports Nvidia CUDA. CUDA is a Nvidia’s proprietary technology that let’s your GPU (graphics card) do the work that normally CPU does. With this feature enabled in CoreAVC, you can watch 1080p with low CPU utilization. e.g. for 8400GM, CPU utilization goes down to 20-30% for 1080p as compared to 60-80% without the feature being turned ON.
You can get the Full list of CUDA enabled cards here.
I hope this had been some help to you. Post your questions, I`ll be happy to answer them.