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

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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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Holy marketing rip-off Batman!!
 

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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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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)
huh?
 

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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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exactly, just something basic like that combined with a X-Fi and youve got a terrific HTCP for around $500
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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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)
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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im guessing youve never heard the X-Fi... its amazing man it really does sound at least 5x better
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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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.
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!