In part one (The Radeon X1000 vs. Geforce 7000 Generation) of our Avivo vs. Purevideo comparison, we concentrated on DVD playback. In our second article in this series ((What You Need to Know about High-Definition Video), we concentrated on high definition video formats - HD DVD in particular - and we dug in to what it takes to get them to work on the PC.
This time, we'll be concentrating on the end-user experience with new midrange and low-end video accelerators. We'll be looking at the highest end midrange cards - the Radeon 2600 XT Compare Prices on Radeon 2600 XT Video Cards and Geforce 8600 GTS Compare Prices on GeForce 8600 GTS Video Cards - to see how they compare to the lowest end discrete cards in the same families: the Radeon 2400 PRO and Geforce 8400 GS.
In our last review, the GeForce drivers were not yet able to accelerate video decoding in Windows XP, limiting their effectiveness to the new Windows Vista. Have the drivers matured to offer identical performance across these operating systems? Does one company offer a clearly superior solution? Will the products from within the same graphics card family perform closely, or will there be marked differences? Let's find out!
- Meet The Contestants
- Meet The Contestants, Continued
- A Few Words About The Radeon 2x00 Series
- Test System & Installation Notes
- Cyberlink PowerDVD Ultra (build 3319)
- Hard To Ignore Video Playback Quirks On The 2400 PRO And 8400 GS
- Image Quality Benchmarks - HQV's High Definition Video Benchmark
- HD Noise Reduction Test: Out Of 25 Points
- Video Resolution Loss Test: Out Of 25 Points
- Jaggies Test: Out Of 20 Points
- Film Resolution Loss Test - Stadium: Out Of 10 Points
- CPU Usage Benchmarks
- The H.264 Codec In Windows XP And Windows Vista