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Master Geek

  #128005 2-May-2008 18:58
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rixth: sbiddle: keep in mind that the 780G has been praised for being an excellent

Playing this clip: (1080p | 24fps | ~10mbps) used only 12% of the CPU when it was underclocked to 1.5ghz. I can't imagine TV 3 is going to be 9 times as demanding.

Maybe not 9 times - probably about 10x more demanding! Smile Our H.264 broadcasts are nothing like the QT trailers.

If you go down the ATI path it's at your own risk - there are know issues with all ATI 2xxx/3xxx cards and even the 780G chipset with hardware accelerated H.264 interlaced content. I've spent hundreds of $$ trying various combinations before I realised an Series 8 or 9 NVidia (8500 or greater) is the only way to go. If you buy ATI I just about guarantee it won't work well.

Or it will work just fine. (GA-MA78GM-S2H)

Oh, and the Athlon 4200+ x2 can do TV3 without hardware acceleration and if you aren't doing anything else it won't drop frames, but it will have a big jitter so it's not quite smooth but perfectly watchable, it shows at about 50% CPU usage on average (over both cores).

I will admit though, sometimes i'll change to a channel, one of the low def ones especially and it will be corrupted, switching channel or rebuilding the graph will fix it.  Sometimes corruption spreads to Vista Aero.

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  #128040 2-May-2008 21:05
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I've got perfect software decoding on my 4200+ on tv3.

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Master Geek

  #128048 2-May-2008 21:29
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talsemgeest: I've got perfect software decoding on my 4200+ on tv3.

Are you using dvbviewer?

If so, check view>filters>VMR9 renderer and see what the jitter says, with EVR it's 0 but with VMR9 I get 20 milesecs+, it's enough to give it a slight lack of fluidity.

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Master Geek

  #128060 2-May-2008 22:37
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Thats why I don't use Vmr9, I just use overlay mixer.


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Master Geek

  #128069 2-May-2008 23:09

Got my replacement parts via CourierPost (not post haste!) today, big thanks to the lovely folks at

I can decode the TV3 samples that are on geekzone fine, fast forwarding and rewinding works okay too. But as I don't yet have a tuner card (must save a little more) I am unable to test chaning channels.

PcOnlineShop sent me a 4600+ instead of a 4200+. I have OC'd it to the level of a 5600+, it runs wonderfully!

Will report back once I get a tuner!.


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