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AVIVO vs. Purevideo HD: Part 2

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In part 1 of our Avivo vs. Purevideo comparison, we concentrated on DVD playback. It turned out that both the Avivo and Purevideo hardware-accelerated solutions offer very good image quality and performance enhancements in that realm. Although either solution has its strengths and quirks, the competition ended in what essentially amounts to a tie in the DVD arena.

Today, with part 2 of the comparison, we're looking toward the future of home video entertainment. We'll concentrate on high-definition video formats like HD DVD and Blu-ray, and dig into what it takes to get them to work on the PC and investigate how the user experience is impacted by the new HD digital rights management components.

With this eye to the future, we'll use the newest video card architectures available, as well. We'll see what Nvidia's newest DirectX 10 cards, the Geforce 8800, 8600, and 8500 can do for HD video. We'll also see what ATI's newest flagship card brings to the table, the HD 2900 XT. But first, a little background on HD video formats on the PC...
Good read before choosing your next HTPC card.
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Intresting.
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ATI has always had better experience in this area.....they image quality is far better than Nvidia Purevideo IMHO. Much crisper and better colors.

But I biuld this PC for GAMING...hence why I have a 8800 GTS instead.
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A review is only as good as what it is reviewing. Ok it does describe the differences between the 'flagship' nVidia/ATi cards, but just as I thought, they don't comapre to the newer mid range cards of the same series. This statement is my opinion, and only for HD playback. Gaming will still push toward the higher end of eash respective series

Anyone who got the 8800/2900 is going to realise in about 6 months time that a card which costs half as much as the one(s) they bought does the job better. HD playback for me wasn't going to be an issue until next year anyway unless I got my PS3, which I haven't, so I wait for the next series of cards (focussing on the 2950XT) and see what improvements they bring.



My only question is:

With all this HDCP nonsense, will I STILL have to watch the Piracy is a Crime message on the HD-DVD which I just paid a massive premium for?

IF I BOUGHT THE DVD I DO NOT WANT TO SEE THESE MESSAGES. AND IF IT IS ON THE DISC - I WANT TO BE ABLE TO SKIP PAST IT!!!!

Its the one thing that bugs me about DVD playback atm. You go out and pay £15 for a DVD, get everything ready for a good night in front of the box and then BAM - ur there for 5 minutes waiting for the piracy ad to play out because the disc is locked to play it, and you can't even fast forward it.

Hopefully this tech will do away with this, but still the report is like a long term weather forecast imo

Good read tho
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