Intel is showing off a G45 Express based HTPC with the E8400 processor, illustrating this system can run 1080p HD video without a problem.
They demonstrated a system behind closed doors with a Blu-ray drive attached and it was playing back “Across the Universe. We can confirm it was playing back at 1080p using the AVC codec at 30Mbit (and Dolby TrueHD audio at around 2.5Mbit) and we monitored CPU usage on screen as at points it dropped as low as 18%.
Normally it was hovering around 30% but that is very decent. It goes a long way to seeing how much work Intel has put into it G45 chipset for this type of usage. Of course which such low CPU usage, the IGP is doing much of the work with its hardware acceleration and leaves plenty of CPU cycles free and naturally provides a smooth playback.
One of the interesting components of the HTPC is a 80GB solid state disk from Intel. The chip giant claims it will release this drive later this year at a "reasonable" price.