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Part 4: Avivo HD vs. PureVideo HD

Tom's Hardware: "In part one of our Avivo vs. PureVideo comparison, we concentrated on DVD playback. In our second article in this series, we focused on high-definition video formats-HD DVD in particular-and we dug into what it takes to get them to work on the PC. In the third article, we evaluated the end-user experience with low-end video accelerators.

In this article, we will dig deep into the performance of the first integrated high-def video accelerators-the Radeon HD 3200 (used in AMD's 780G chipset) and the GeForce 8200 (used in Nvidia's MCP78S chipset). Both chipsets are for AMD socket AM2+ CPUs, so we can perform a real apples-to-apples comparison here.

Will these solutions perform similarly, or will a true leader emerge? How well will these solutions work with slower single-core budget CPUs? What amount of memory needs to be allocated to the on-board graphics for Blu-ray playback? How do they compare to discrete video cards? We will answer all of these questions and more."

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