I bought an old Creative Labs DVD-ROM around, oh, 4 years ago and I remember it came with a hardware decoder card. Nowadays I never see these around anymore. Is this because everything is done by software decoding and comps are fast enough to handle it, or...?
My question is, I bought a new Pioneer DVD drive and want to play DVD movies in it. Should I use my old DVD decoder card? Will that improve performance?
Processors are currently easily powerful enough to handle DVD decoding.
I suppose if you have a spare PCI slot and want to do a lot of multitasking while DVDs play you could install the DVD decoder card (As long as you had drivers for whatever ver. of Windows you run) but it probably isn't necessary.
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See what the difference is. The nV40s do support hardware DVD decoding themselves, if you're using DVD playback software that supports them. ATi cards also offer hardware accelerated DVD playback. That actually brings up a good point - if you try the decoding card you'll need to use software that supports it.
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