Better DVD playback - nVidia or ATI?
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2006 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Extremetech compares the quality of DVD playback from ATI and nVidia using the filters in PowerDVD as the base for their experiment. If you are setting up a media PC or just starting to watch more DVD's via your PC you might be interested in the results. Mind you, since they give away standalone DVD players with TicTac's and just about anything else you buy now, maybe you still watch them without the PC at all.
"Graphics cards are all about 3D, right? Read most graphics card reviews, anywhere on the 'net or
in print, and you'll see they focus almost entirely on 3D performance and features. We understand
this because that's why we would buy these expensive devices in the first place. Windows 2D
performance is essentially a solved problem (at least until Windows Vista), so what else is there
for the graphics card to do?
One word: video. Video on the PC is tremendously popular. Peer-to-peer networks share large video
files while web-based video (including the ever-popular movie trailers) expand rapidly thanks in
large part to broadband connections. Now with the PC's emerging role as a media device for the
living room, video becomes even more important."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Nvidia ships their worst-kept secret: The GeForce 7800 GS @ NGOHQ
TARGET="_blank">Walton Chaintech Announced the Newest GeForce 7 Series Graphics Cards @
- nVidia Quadro
FX4500 @ LostCircuits
Dual @ [H]ard|OCP
VF700-Cu LED VGA Cooler @ ThinkComputers.org
All-In-Wonder X1900 @ HotHardware.Com
All-In-Wonder X1900 @ Motherboards.org
Card Series Part II @ Legit Reviews
RX1800XT-VT2D512E 512MB-Version RX1800XT Videocard @ PCstats.com
TARGET="_blank">PowerColor X800GTO16 @ Overclockers Online
All-In-Wonder X1900 graphics card @ Techreport
TARGET="_blank">Visiontek Radeon X1900XTX @ GDHardware.com