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by Mike Zazaian September 2, 2006 - 9:54pm, 2 Comments

The bourgeoning Multimedia PC trend has consumers watching DVDs on computers nearly as much as commercial DVD players these days. Until recent years, it was simply a fact that DVD players outperformed PCs in this area, and that playing DVDs on a PC was simply a makeshift solution for consumers on a budget or on the go.

ATI and Nvidia vs. DVD Players

But the tides have turned, as both Nvidia and ATI have poured a great deal of effort into improving their high-end video technology, namely ATIís Avivo and Nvidiaís PureVideo. The folks at Hardware.info pitted these two video giants against a gamut of 12 high-end consumer DVD-Players in a recent test.

The test was comprised of a series of de-interlacing tests, based on results from both benchmarking software and human-perception. The benchmarking software used, HQV DVD Benchmark, contains fragments that can test deinterlacing, distortion and scaling.

The results of the benchmarks were breathtaking. ATI’s video solution scored a test-high 118, while the Nvidia card scored a respectable 93. Of all the DVD players in the lot, ranging from $200-$2000 in price, the only one that came close was the Marantz DV6600, clocking in at a paltry 63. The lowest-scoring of the bunch were the Samsung solutions, the DVD-HD850 and DVD-HD950, each receiving a score of 30, nearly 1/4 that of the ATI card.

The ATI Avivo technology tested here is equipeed on each of the X1xx series of Radeon cards, and will perform exactly the same, in terms of video, regardless of your GPU and Memory capacities. PureVideo comes with all GeForce cards in the 7xxx-series, but the previous-gen GeForce 6600 offers many of the PureVideo capabilities as well.