There has been a lot of news from nVidia lately; the latest is its support for HD DVD and Blu-Ray formats through the ForceWare(R) drivers and PureVideo HD technology. While nVidia is the first to offer HD DVD and Blu-ray GPU support, you can expect similar offerings from ATI and others in the near future.
Movie lovers can now build a PC to enjoy a spectacular HD DVD or Blu-ray experience with the release of new NVIDIA ForceWare(R) drivers featuring NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology. PureVideo HD technology combines high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing to deliver extraordinary picture clarity, smooth video, brilliant color, and precise image scaling for high definition movies(1). The drivers are available now from NVIDIA.com.
To enjoy the ultimate HD DVD or Blu-ray movie experience on a PC, consumers will need:
- A PCI Express graphics card with NVIDIA GeForce 7 Series HDCP-capable GPU, secure HDCP CryptoROM, and 256MB graphics memory (see list here)
- WHQL-certified NVIDIA ForceWare drivers that feature PureVideo HD technology (http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp)
- An optical disc drive that supports Blu-ray or HD DVD movie playback
- Blu-ray or HD DVD movie player software from CyberLink, InterVideo, or Nero
- An HDCP-compliant display
- A dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM