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Albatron releases "Blue Ray" Decoder Card based on 8500 GT

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  1. W1zzard

    W1zzard Administrator Staff Member

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    Albatron has recently announced the exciting new “Blue Ray Decoder Card” giving mainstream users a great alternative to Integrated Graphics. This low-profile VGA card can provide even the most basic systems with High Definition video playback including Blu-ray and HD-DVD. This card also supports DirectX 10, boosting 3D graphics performance for the Windows® Vista™ operating system.

    [ed.: Please note that it says Blue Ray not "Blu-Ray" which is the official spelling for Blu-Ray Disc]

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    Blu-ray vs. DVD Video Playback
    Blu-ray Disk™, otherwise known as BD, is a revolutionary challenge to traditional DVD Video, offering almost twice the resolution (1920x1080 BD vs 720x576 DVD). Blu-ray uses a blue-laser (as opposed to traditional red lasers) whose color (blue) has a smaller wavelength allowing it to read smaller, more compacted data. Compacted data means that you can record more data on a Blu-ray disk; up to 50 GB on a two-sided Blu-ray disk, as opposed to only 8.5 GB on a 4 hour, two-sided DVD disk. HD-DVD is also another supported high definition standard which also uses blue-laser technology. HD-DVD data capacity is a little less than a Blu-ray Disk, but it still can store up to 30 GB of data (double sided). This card also supports the HDCP standard, required for Blu-ray video.

    NVIDIA® PureVideo HD and CPU Utilization
    The technology behind this high performance, high definition video playback is NVIDIA’s PureVideo HD technology, embedded into the NVIDIA Geforce 8500GT GPU. One of the most practical aspects of this technology is that it focuses video playback mostly on the GPU, leaving your CPU to do other things. In fact, systems using Core 2 Duo processors with PureVideo HD usage has consistently shown CPU utilization under 20% during high definition video playback which also demonstrates up to a 60% reduction in CPU impact when using PureVideo HD versus using other technologies. This card also supports H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 encoding/compression formats used to record data on both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray disks.

    DirectX 10, Windows Vista and Gameplay
    A system with discrete graphics (system with VGA card) and DirectX 10 is highly recommended when using the Windows Vista operating system and its new graphics user interface. DirectX 9.0C can get the job done but you won’t be able to experience the full effects of Vista without DirectX 10. The Blue Ray Decoder Card contains DirectX 10 along with Shader Model 4.0 providing the most efficient gameplay processing for the latest DirectX 10 games, which are just beginning to spill into the market.

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    Systems with embedded graphics technology (Integrated Graphics) can save you money but performance will be compromised if you use Windows Vista. The Albatron Blue Ray Decoder Card gives mainstream consumers a high-value solution to meet Vista demands as well as provide a platform to support the latest technology such as Blu-ray Disk, HD-DVD video playback and DirectX 10 gaming.
     
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    Holy marketing rip-off Batman!!
     
  3. Easy Rhino

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    shameless!!! :laugh:
     
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    I'm speechless.
     
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    respect for this strategy,
    i think no one else did yet mention any association of blu-ray to his graphics.

    there will be tons of people buying it, thats a shame! (as rhino already mentioned)
     
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    There is a huge difference between double layer and double sided. The text says double sided everywhere though I assume they mean double layer (storage would still be the same though)
     
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    huh?
     
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    Some poor mug will buy one :roll:
     
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    how much does it costs?
     
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    i didn't get the function or "trick" in this GPU.

    does it has hardware acceleration for Blu ray or blu-ray video decoding?
     
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    no they are marketing it as a card for a HTCP so that you can have full HD capacity at a lower price. thus using the name Blue Ray on it, which is very smart because theres no infringement and they dont have to pay sony. so that means they are getting free advertisement with full reward and its actually quite brilliant
     
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    now that i see how much a 8500/8600 card can offload when playing back a high def video i am now thinking that it would be a great choice for a p4 based htpc
     
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    exactly, just something basic like that combined with a X-Fi and youve got a terrific HTCP for around $500
     
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    ehh why x-fi, sound blaster live does pretty well (except no optical output, we would need a new receiver) and then plus that ati wonder card that was in the news yesterday would make a really good htpc (but you might need a 1 tb hdd for that kind of recording)
     
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    Its not bad for anyone that wants to make a cheap HTPC..
     
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    im guessing youve never heard the X-Fi... its amazing man it really does sound at least 5x better
     
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    there are a lot of good solutions for HD decoder cards out there but this seems like the best for a cheap htpc. imo, all htpcs can be cheap and accomplish the same goal. unless you are spending 500 bucks on a fancy case you can get away with a few hundred bucks overall. i think other than the mobo your soundcard should be the most expensive part!
     
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    Basically, what they arent telling you is, their new video decoding engine is on the lower end 8XXX series cards, the 8800 series of cards dont have this technology, so the CPU does more of the video rendering.
     
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    oh dang....that's like godly then. if we do make a htpc, it's my parents spending the money, so it depends on them then, lol.
     
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    ya man its that good, listen to it if you get the chance. max out the crystallizer and all the other stuff and music or w/e your listening to is amazing
     
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    i want one because its blue!
     

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