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Topic # 30748 19-Feb-2009 23:51
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I am getting extreemly confused about this whole h264, according to nvidias site my 8800GTS 640mb (XFX Brand) does h264 but not SOME parts of it.

Would I be better off purchasing say a 8600GT or a 9600GT and which would be the better of these 3 options? or is there another card like a 9400 that would do better?

All I want is for the LOWEST CPU usage and full hardware acceleration of my HD FREEVIEW :D

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  Reply # 196829 20-Feb-2009 00:05
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9600GT!!! Leaves the other two for dead when it comes to H264

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  Reply # 196838 20-Feb-2009 06:32
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Do you want to play games on it as well or is it just being used for a media centre? If it is just media centre go for a 9400GT. It is all you need. A 9600GT will do games better but make no difference for media centre duties.







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  Reply # 196839 20-Feb-2009 06:35
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bradstewart: 9600GT!!! Leaves the other two for dead when it comes to H264


The 8800GTS 640mb yes... the 8600GT no sorry makes not difference what so ever. The 9600GT and 8600GT both support purevideo HD v2.







Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64



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  Reply # 196848 20-Feb-2009 08:13
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Ahh okay well nextthen is if say I bought a 9400GT or 9600GT, how do I go about making the h264 pure video HD work? I am aware you have to purchase it? And how do you KNOW its working?

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  Reply # 196852 20-Feb-2009 08:35
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m1k30rz: Ahh okay well nextthen is if say I bought a 9400GT or 9600GT, how do I go about making the h264 pure video HD work? I am aware you have to purchase it? And how do you KNOW its working?


No you dont need to purchase anything from the NVidia side. If you are using XP or Vista you need to purchase Cyberlink power DVD Ultimate (I think that is the version required). You then need to turn on hardware support in the Cyberlink software. I think there are is other software that you can purchase that provides h264 hardware decoding but Cyberlink seems to be the most popular.
If you are using the Windows 7 beta then you dont need to purchase anything as support is built in.







Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64



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  Reply # 196856 20-Feb-2009 09:10
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Thanks for your help mate, Yeah currently using Windows 7 Beta.

So how do I tell when h264 is working?

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  Reply # 196857 20-Feb-2009 09:15
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m1k30rz: Thanks for your help mate, Yeah currently using Windows 7 Beta.

So how do I tell when h264 is working?


CPU usages is the easiest way. Just run task manager in the background. Not sure what type of CPU you have but it should only be running at around 10% or less. Of course you also should not be getting any blocking etc.







Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64



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  Reply # 196885 20-Feb-2009 11:42
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I have a E5300 if that helps?

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