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Is the 8500gt the best card for watching movies/ encoding?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
December 18, 2007 10:17:03 PM

If it's not the 8500gt then what do you think it is? This is for a friend and they're concerned only with watching movie/ encoding.
December 18, 2007 11:52:59 PM

I got an 8500 gt and I got to tell you it plays movies superbly. I'm waiting on my new quad until I encode my DV videos to DvD so I can't answer that question. Most games play very nicely also. "Not Crysis", but Call of Duty 4 is sweet.
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December 19, 2007 3:18:26 AM

I had a 2600pro(just got a 3870 today) and it was great for watching movies, didn't do much encoding though. The built in audio for the hdmi was a great feature imo.
a c 358 U Graphics card
December 19, 2007 4:55:37 AM

Video cards has no impact on encoding, it is CPU bound.

Yes, ATI did release AVIVO a few years ago, but video encoding was done thru Catalyst's proprietary encoding program which merely hints at the potential. That encoding program was very, very limited.

a c 358 U Graphics card
December 19, 2007 4:58:00 AM

I can't seem to find the review, but the 8600GT and HD2600 generally outperforms their younger siblings in HD decoding. That means lower demand on the CPU.