[mythtv-users] MPEG2 Decoding video card for DVD playback

Richard Bronosky mythtv at bronosky.com
Mon Jul 25 17:49:17 EDT 2005

I want to make sure that I can play a backed up DVD off the hard disk
and utilize the video card to do all the heavy lifting.  I want an AGP
card.  I'm looking at the nVidia MX4000 chipset, but I notice that about
100 people make them.  Does it matter which one I get?  This is the best
bargain I can find:
(Cheapest card with both DVI and S-Video out) ... and for only $4.50
more it has double the memory of this one:

Has any one had experience with 3rd party nVidia cards?  Any experience
play DVD backups off the HD?

James Fryman wrote:

> Richard,
> I have just about an identical setup to what you're looking at,
> however I opted to go the dedicated Video Card Route.. using an nVidia
> FX5200 and downgrading to the PVR-250. I am not disappointed in the
> least bit, and can say that this will handle just about anything you
> throw at it. If you're thinking about going the Celeron route, why not
> go with the Sempron? Cache isn't going to play a huge difference,
> especially since your capture card will be handling the encoding. The
> only problem I forsee with either a sempron or celeron in the future
> is with HDTV decoding. It might be able to handle one stream, as a FE/BE.
> Either way, I think you'll be pleased. Good luck!
> -James

Thank you for your time,
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