1080p playback on a Pentium 4 PC !

virajk

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Hi guys,
I have an old pc with a P4 CPU, 1gb DDR memory and other components.I was thinking of setting the components in a Micro-atx form factor cabby and to use it as an HTPC ie for video playback by hooking it up with my TV. The cpu is almost 10 years old built on 130nm technology and most certainly won't be able to handle 1080p playback (had tried that once, video skipped like mad). It has an AGP slot, and I was thinking of popping in an HD 4350 so that it could handle 1080p playback..will it be able to do so with that card ?

Secondly, I noticed some AGP cards available on Newegg having a 4 pin power connector needed, is that the same as a 4pin Molex connector !
 

amk-aka-Phantom

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I don't know about Pentium 4... My Celeron M often manages 1080p playback fine, as long as it's not streamed, but I've had a 2.4 GHz P4 and it couldn't even do 720p without stuttering. Not even when I added a GeForce 6600. Maybe HD 4350 will be better, but IME, P4 is too much of a bottleneck.
 

virajk

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I agree Pentium 4 is a bottleneck but modern cards are designed to handle/aid 1080p playback.What I'm uncertain about is whether the entire computational loaded will be lifted onto the card or will the cpu contribute in any way and if it does how bad will it be for the playback !


P.S : I too have a P4 2.4ghz !