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Human factor introduced in HD video benchmarking

Written by Matti Vähäkainu (Google+) @ 17 Apr 2008 8:29 User comments (1)

Human factor introduced in HD video benchmarking Driver Heaven has released an in-depth analysis on HD video playback by ATI's Avivo HD and nVidia's PureVideo HD. The main difference between this analysis and regular benchmarking software and even the high-definition HQV Benchmark is that the guys at Driver Heaven have not jumped into any conclusions just by calculating image quality or playback performance but have actually analyzed the differences themselves. What's even better, you can see the comparisons and analyze them yourself.
Not many of us have the opportunity to try out both high-definition video processing units in identical systems, and therefore we are forced to trust blindly on either benchmarks determining quality and performance by numbers or the opinion of -- in most cases -- a single person without any examples.

The 18-page review which was done with the help of a top-notch system (specs below) can be found at

Test system:

Intel QX9770 3.2GHZ 1600FSB
XFX Nforce 790i Ultra SLI
GeForce 9600 GT
Radeon 3870 X2
SuperTalent DDR3-1800 7-7-7-21
Akasa 1000w PSU
LG GBW-H10N Blu-Ray Writer
Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive
Soundblaster X-Fi
Belkin Wireless-G PCI card
3x WD Raptor Hard Drives
1x Hitachi Deskstar
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Paste
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
Windows Vista Ultimate 64Bit + SP1
Forceware 174.74 WHQL
Catalyst 8.3 WHQL
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10
PowerDVD 7.3 (3730)
Casino Royale European Blu-Ray
Planet Earth US HD-DVD

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1 user comment

117.4.2008 23:02

Avivo HD by Ati is well drawn out but, that somtimes causes a Slow down on High Pixil count sceens like explosens and stuff.

PureVideo HD by Nvidia is fast, but it leaves somthing to be had in the ahhh pretty picture department. i just felt like it washed out the colors a bit, to maintain it's speed.

thats my summary on the two diffrent HardWare decoders.

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