Originally posted by Turnbolt
Well, as for the 8500 it has great DVD playback.
Only when coupled with ATI's software. Use any other program (WinDVD, PowerDVD, etc) and it looks no better, and in several cases worse, than what NVIDIA offers. Trust me, I had an 8500 and when coupled with PowerDVD I couldn't even use ATI's famous hardware acceleration because it wouldn't display subtitles at all. And for watching anime, that's totally unacceptable. Turning off hardware acceleration fixed the problem but I was stuck with quality that was no better than my GeForce3 so what's the point?
Now that ATI has partnered with Cyberlink, I would hope future PowerDVD support with those cards will be improved.