Final Words

Well, was it worth the wait? Considering that PureVideo came as a free feature on GeForce 6 cards, it's more like unwrapping an early Christmas present - one that we were promised eight months ago.

NVIDIA's image quality is pretty good for a PC DVD decoder, PureVideo delivered de-interlacing image quality that was equal to and in some cases better than what ATI brought to the table. And although we did not feature the comparison here, the NVIDIA PureVideo codec even offered better image quality than the latest DScaler 5 build.

Despite doing better than the competition, NVIDIA still is far from perfect with PureVideo. The Big Lebowski test was proof alone that there's still room for improvement.

The scaling quality and WMV9 playback were both quite competitive with ATI's offerings, although not strikingly better. With hardware acceleration enabled, WMV9 acceleration is promising and will greatly reduce the CPU requirements for high definition content playback.

Overall we're pleased with PureVideo, there's very little to complain about. We aren't as happy with it as we could have been, but we mostly have issue with the way NVIDIA handled the entire situation remaining quiet for far too long. Not to mention that there can't be too many happy 6800GT owners out there knowing that 6600GT owners will have lower CPU utilization when playing WMV9-HD files.

In the end, PureVideo is a positive feature for GeForce 6 owners, a verdict that we are glad we can finally give.

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  • Cybercat - Monday, December 20, 2004 - link

    Oh, nevermind, that's for PCI Express 6800s, which are apparently the only cards that use the NV41 core. AGP 6800s use the NV40 core. Reply
  • Novaoblivion - Monday, December 20, 2004 - link

    For anyone who wants it the link on Nvidia's site seems to working I just downloaded it. Reply
  • Cybercat - Monday, December 20, 2004 - link

    http://nvidia.com/page/purevideo_support.html

    How does the 6800 have acceleration support if it's also based on the NV40 core?
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  • skunkbuster - Monday, December 20, 2004 - link

    "At the same time, ATI sent us information on how to enable hardware acceleration of WMV9 on their cards before the forthcoming WMP10 update."


    would someone care to share this with the rest of us ?
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  • KnightBreed - Monday, December 20, 2004 - link

    I hope nVidia plans to add support for decoding MPEG4-AVC HP at some point. Whether it's this product line or next, MPEG4 will be important for next generation optical media (whether it's HD-DVD or Blu-Ray). Reply
  • LoneWolf15 - Monday, December 20, 2004 - link

    What makes me truly upset is that so far, the sites reviewing PureVideo has not take a stand for the consumers that own the 6800 and were promised the full PureVideo featureset by nVidia. Rather, sites are reviewing the tech, and ducking the issue, as if they are more concerned about continuing to receive nVidia products for review than they are for us. Who's looking out for the little guy?

    P.S. Anandtech's review states that the 6800 Standard has a fully functional video processor --this isn't fully true, as the AGP version according to nVidia's website, does not.
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  • jamawass - Monday, December 20, 2004 - link

    Great review. Even though Nvidia doesn't always win the deinterlace test, it wins on picture quality in most tests.Looks like a 6600 Nvidia will be replacing my ATI as the next video card in my htpc. Reply
  • Aquila76 - Monday, December 20, 2004 - link

    That is so retarded that it doesn't fully work on the 6800GT/Ultra. Why would they cripple their high end cards? I guess since they aren't very available it doesn't really matter. Hope they add the rest of the functionality to new revs of these cards. Reply
  • GnomeCop - Monday, December 20, 2004 - link

    wow I guess they will get away with touting this feature on the AGP 6800Ultra/GTs , even though it doesn't fully work after all. Reply
  • jg123 - Monday, December 20, 2004 - link

    I don't see a link on Nvidia's website for a trial mentioned in this article. Reply

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