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Old 01-18-09, 07:05 PM   #1
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Default VDPAU hardware recommendations?

Hi all,

I have a Fedora 10 machine in my front room that's hooked up to a 1080p LCD, and I'd like to get a halfway-decent NVIDIA card to drop into it specifically for VDPAU support. I'm not too worried about the 3D performance (it probably won't be used for gaming) but I'd like to make sure that I get good HD video playback ability; can anyone recommend a NVIDIA card that's not-too-pricey (ideally no more than $150) and will support VDPAU playback nicely? Links to eBay or newegg would be appreciated.

Hardware specs:
AMD Sempron 3100
2Gb RAM
PCI Express x16 slot

Thanks!
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Old 01-18-09, 09:47 PM   #2
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I bought this card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162027

Costs $40, has a G98, supports accelerated VC1/WMV3/H264/MPEG2 decoding. Perfect for VDPAU. I'm having a lot of fun with it.

-Chris
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Old 01-18-09, 10:33 PM   #3
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Any cheap 9xxx or 8xxx these days will do
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Old 01-19-09, 02:35 AM   #4
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Any cheap 9xxx or 8xxx these days will do
Not exactly.
The GL pipeline is used for postprocessing.
For example, 8400gs doesn't have enougth GL power to do temporal_spatial deinterlacing. That's also the case of 9300 igp.
Just FYI.
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Old 01-19-09, 05:48 AM   #5
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8400gs doesn't have enougth GL power to do temporal_spatial deinterlacing. That's also the case of 9300 igp.
What card would you recommend instead? I'd rather overpower the machine and make sure I can do everything since I want to run full 1080p off it The $40 card that clee suggested is looking tempting, but I'm willing to spend a little more if "temporal_spatial deinterlacing" is important to VDPAU rather than pure 3D?

(Now I think about it though, I hear that Crysis handles fairly well under Wine? )

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Old 01-20-09, 01:04 PM   #6
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There seems to be only 1 chip that can do VC-1, the G98 and any card that uses this chip is going to have the same limits.

Note they have said there is a Quadro card that can do VC-1. Don't know what chip it uses, but Quadros are for people who use money for toilet paper.
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I bought this card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162027

Costs $40, has a G98, supports accelerated VC1/WMV3/H264/MPEG2 decoding. Perfect for VDPAU. I'm having a lot of fun with it.

-Chris
Now that Mythtv .21-fixes has VDPAU patch I'm suddenly in the market for a new video card. Can anyone confirm if this Galaxy card has the funky S-video like component video breakout or is it standard S-video? I use component video out to my TV because with DVI I for some reason get a funky blue smear on all the video. I suspect it's a bad cable but it's a 15' run through a wall so I don't feel like running a different line.

Either that or a different card than shown above that has the component breakout and VC-1 support...

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