Archive | Video Cards, Tuners & Encoders

New ATI Tuner Chipset: ATI Theater 650 Pro

Posted on 07 June 2006 by

ATI announced/launched their latest update to the Theater line of tuner cards, the ATI Theater 650 PRO

More scoop from: TG Daily:
ATI today announced the Theater 650 Pro, an evolutionary upgrade over the 550 Pro predecessor. According to the manufacturer, the ASIC offers improved TV reception, picture quality and PVR performance…

Compared to the 550 Pro, the 650 version adds a new 3D comb filter, noise reduction features, a modified MPEG encoder and support for digital TV standards around the globe. Users in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and South Korea will see Theater chips with integrated ATSC capability, while European buyers will get chips with DVB-T support.

ExtremeTech Compares Nvidia vs ATI on Picture Quality!

Posted on 31 January 2006 by

ExtremeTech ATI vs Nvidia Picture Quality Shootout

Graphics cards are all about 3D, right? Read most graphics card reviews, anywhere on the ‘net or in print, and you’ll see they focus almost entirely on 3D performance and features. We understand this because that’s why we would buy these expensive devices in the first place. Windows 2D performance is essentially a solved problem (at least until Windows Vista), so what else is there for the graphics card to do?

One word: video. Video on the PC is tremendously popular. Now with the PC’s emerging role as a media device for the living room, video becomes even more important.

Both ATI and Nvidia have been touting their video quality and performance lately, and both have chosen to market the video experience.

See also Slashdotter’s take on the Nvidia vs ATI article

Nvidia CES roundup: HDMI, HDTV, h.264 oh my!

Posted on 12 January 2006 by

Lots of news out of the Nvidia camp from CES 2006.

First up, Nvidia delivers first HDMI video card solution for Sony HTPC (press release)

Nvidia demo’s hardware accelerated h.264 forceware drivers for both 6xxx and 7xxx gpu’s!

“NVIDIA showed us a demo of their upcoming Forceware drivers with support for hardware accelerated h.264 decoding. Unlike ATI’s h.264 hardware decoding that is limited to X1000 series of GPU’s, NVIDIA is supporting h.264 hardware decoding in all PURE Video compatible GPU’s. The above demo was of a 6600 series GPU playing back a 1080p h.264/AVC video clip. The video was very smooth and did not drop any frames.”

Anandtech scoop on an HDTV-DVD notebook which also mentions the h.264 pure video decoding hardware acceleration.

Finally here’s a Nvidia press release roundup of what Nvidia demo’d at CES 2006 this year.

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PVR/HTPC 2006 CES Coverage

Posted on 06 January 2006 by

I couldn’t make it to Vegas for the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year 🙁

But looks like some of the guys at HTPCnews did! Here’s there first entry of CES 2006 PVR related news. I imgagine they’ll be updating frequently with lots of cool pics and inside info on upcoming products.

UPDATES More HTPCnews first day CES 2006 coverage in Vegas

Preliminary Day 2 CES coverage more to come re: day 2.

ATI Announces All In Wonder 2006

Posted on 22 December 2005 by

ATI announces their new All In Wonder 2006 PCI Express Edition bundled with Adobe® Premiere® Elements 2.0 and a MSRP of $199.

UPDATE AnandTech preview/review of the AIW 2006 PCIe

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Nvidia GeForce 81.85 Beta Driver Update

Posted on 19 October 2005 by

New Nvidia GeForce 81.85 Beta Driver Update

Release Highlights:
* Compatibility fixes since 81.84 BETA driver. For a full list of fixed and known issues please view the Release Notes.
* Mixed vendor support for NVIDIA SLI.
* TV-Out/HD-out support for NVIDIA SLI.
* Added support for VSync on Direct3D games when running NVIDIA SLI.
* Performance enhancements for dual-core CPUs.
* PureVideo high definition MPEG-2 de-interlacing support.
* Usability enhancements when connecting to an HDTV.
* Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0c and OpenGL® 2.0 support .

found via HTPCnews

New NVIDIA Pure Video DualTV Dual Tuner

New NVIDIA Pure Video DualTV Dual Tuner

Posted on 19 September 2005 by

TechPowerUp has the scoop on NVIDIA and the latest happenings and advances of their Pure Video Cinematic Home Theater technology including a new NVIDIA Pure Video DualTV Dual Tuner card that features the very impressive ViXS video processing for on the fly transcoding/processing! Looks like a MSRP of $169/$189 (two different models: one for MCE 2005, one for regular XP)

They seem to be positioning the NVIDIA DualTV as a high(er) quality capture quality and some interesting bells and whistles. If the NVIDIA Pure Video DualTV encoding quality is half as good as the NVIDIA Pure Video Decoder is at mpeg2 decoding it should be a pretty awesome card! Of course the proof is in the pudding and the greatest hardware in the world is useless if the good 3rd party PVR applications don’t support it.

Hat tip to HTPCnews and SHSpvr. Large picture of the NVIDIA DualTV board thanks to MannyTC via SHS.
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Hauppauge Wireless MediaMVP Coming Soon

Posted on 09 September 2005 by

Dug up some inside scoop on the upcoming Hauppauge Wireless MediaMVP (link goes to wired MediaMVP product page).

First: People have noted in the forum that the regular wired MediaMVP has been marked down at Radio Shack. The “wired” regular MediaMVP is not going away, as it is still useful for setups with more than 3 MediaMVP’s or if you have poor wifi signal strength/extremely long distances between the “server” PC and the MediaMVP client. So there’s no reason to not grab one if you want the wired network version.

Second: The wireless/wifi MediaMVP will be 802.11g.

Third: The Wireless MediaMVP will start to be available mid-October and have a MSRP of $149

Fourth: Can’t wait to get my hands on one. I was considering grabbing one of the wired MediaMVP’s from Radio Shack and adding a wireless game adapter (basically an ethernet to wifi adapter commonly used to get your Xbox onto a wireless network), but I can wait a month or so for an integrated solution that’s been tweaked to be a wireless media extender.

For those that don’t know the MediaMVP is a popular small/quiet playback client that streams your content over your network. There are 3rd party “clients” to allow you to interact/stream/watch your content from your GBPVR server or SageTV server. Some people use the MediaMVP as their primary playback device (as opposed to putting the noisey pc in the same room as the TV and using video card TV output); others use the MediaMVP to extend their existing setup to multiple/additional TV’s in their house.

State of ATI Video Card Drivers in Linux

Posted on 03 August 2005 by

via Slashdot: Linux Hardware takes a look at the State of ATI Linux Drivers with their review using ATI’s Radeon x800 in Linux

The review is specifically a look at the Connect3D’s Radeon X800 and it exposes many of ATI’s current problems in their latest drivers. While the drivers seem to have plenty of speed to them now, some stuff still just doesn’t work.

The consensus in the byopvr linux forum seems to be (draw your own conclusions though!) that nvidia cards play nicer with most linux distros, and Nvidia does actively provide/work on a BINARY video driver for linux. There are those that would prefer that the driver be an open one, (myself included on principle) but am glad that there’s some form of nvidia linux support even if it is a binary driver.

Diamond Multimedia XtremeTV PVR550 PCI Power Pack Review

Diamond Multimedia XtremeTV PVR550 PCI Power Pack Review

Posted on 24 July 2005 by

I’ve posted to our Review Section a hot off the presses look at Diamond Multimedia’s new PVR offering the XtremeTV PVR550 PCI “power pack” bundle. It aims to be an all in one DIY PVR in a box (just add PC), at $130 MSRP, does it pass byopvr muster?

This review took quite a while as it’s almost like 4 mini reviews all bundled into one: a review of the conexant “Falcon” based PVR550 PCI hardware MPEG encoding tuner card, a review of SnapStream’s Beyond Media HTPC suite, a review of BeyondTV Subscriber Edition, and a review of the FireFly RF PC remote control.

Feel free to comment or ask questions about the review in the Diamond Multimedia XtremeTV PVR550 PCI Power Pack Review Official Thread

For comparison’s sake, check out HotHardware’s PVR550 review and Tom’s Hardware PVR550 review