MSI G33 1.0 (Supplied by MSI)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (Supplied by Intel)
Freezer 7 Pro (Supplied by Artic Cooling)
Kingston 2GB PC2-9600U Kit KHX9600D2K2/2G (Supplied by Kingston)
CL5-5-5-15-CR2T at 1.90V@ 800MHz
Integrated Graphics Intel G33 (MSI)
Gecube HD 2400XT
Artic Cooling - Artic Fan 12 PWM
Knowing that Intel GMA 3100 graphics accelerator is an integral part of MSI G33 motherboard, and Intel is selling it as Vista ready, we’ve decided to test it with Vista OS too. We installed the latest available Vista and Windows XP drivers and compared the results we got on both systems. As Intel integrated graphics will, in many cases be replaced with a discrete graphics card, we compared the results using a ATI HD 2400XT card.
Gordian Knot/XVID 1.1.2:
For our Gordian Knot testing we took an PAL epsiode from "Babylon 5" with a length of 41 minutes, 57 seconds and 8 frames.
We tried to "emulate" the most common usage of Gordian Knot:
1st: We have a perfect master, so we only de-interlace the content and resize it, without any other manipulations, we marked this as "fast".
2nd: You get bad mastering on many DVDs, especially "old" stuff or when the studios are in a hurry for the release. In this case you like to improve the picture quality, which is done by filtering the content. You can choose from tons of filters for any purposes you can think of, we only used the most common "undot", "FluxSmooth" and "MSharpen". Of course we also de-interlaced, filters were done before any resizing took place (which is slower). We marked this as "slow".
If you need more infos about filters, we recommend reading the doom9.org forum.
First four results are made using the integrated graphics, the rest is by using GeCube HD 2400XT graphics card.