Blue Ray Decoders Albatron Blue Ray Decoder Card

Albatron has recently announced the exciting new “Blue Ray Decoder Card”
giving mainstream users a great alternative to Integrated Graphics. This
low-profile VGA card can provide even the most basic systems with High
Definition video playback including Blu-ray and HD-DVD. This card also supports
DirectX 10, boosting 3D graphics performance for the Windows® Vista™ operating
system.

Blue Ray Decoder Albatron Blue Ray Decoder Card

Albatron has recently announced the exciting new “Blue Ray Decoder Card”
giving mainstream users a great alternative to Integrated Graphics. This
low-profile VGA card can provide even the most basic systems with High
Definition video playback including Blu-ray and HD-DVD. This card also supports
DirectX 10, boosting 3D graphics performance for the Windows® Vista™ operating
system.

Blu-ray vs. DVD Video Playback
Blu-ray Disk™, otherwise known as BD, is a revolutionary challenge to
traditional DVD Video, offering almost twice the resolution (1920×1080 BD vs
720×576 DVD). Blu-ray uses a blue-laser (as opposed to traditional red lasers)
whose color (blue) has a smaller wavelength allowing it to read smaller, more
compacted data. Compacted data means that you can record more data on a Blu-ray
disk; up to 50 GB on a two-sided Blu-ray disk, as opposed to only 8.5 GB on a 4
hour, two-sided DVD disk. HD-DVD is also another supported high definition
standard which also uses blue-laser technology. HD-DVD data capacity is a little
less than a Blu-ray Disk, but it still can store up to 30 GB of data (double
sided). This card also supports the HDCP standard, required for Blu-ray video.

NVIDIA® PureVideo HD and CPU Utilization
The technology behind this high performance, high definition video playback is
NVIDIA’s PureVideo HD technology, embedded into the NVIDIA Geforce 8500GT GPU.
One of the most practical aspects of this technology is that it focuses video
playback mostly on the GPU, leaving your CPU to do other things. In fact,
systems using Core 2 Duo processors with PureVideo HD usage has consistently
shown CPU utilization under 20% during high definition video playback which also
demonstrates up to a 60% reduction in CPU impact when using PureVideo HD versus
using other technologies. This card also supports H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2
encoding/compression formats used to record data on both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray
disks.

DirectX 10, Windows Vista and Gameplay
A system with discrete graphics (system with VGA card) and DirectX 10 is highly
recommended when using the Windows Vista operating system and its new graphics
user interface. DirectX 9.0C can get the job done but you won’t be able to
experience the full effects of Vista without DirectX 10. The Blue Ray Decoder
Card contains DirectX 10 along with Shader Model 4.0 providing the most
efficient gameplay processing for the latest DirectX 10 games, which are just
beginning to spill into the market.

The Specifications
As mentioned, the Blue Ray Decoder Card uses NVIDIA’s 8500GT GPU featuring
PureVideo HD technology and DirectX 10 support. The rest of the specs are listed
below.

Albatron Albatron Blue Ray Decoder Card

Albatron’s Blue Ray Decoder Card – The winner is the Mainstream Market
Systems with embedded graphics technology (Integrated Graphics) can save you
money but performance will be compromised if you use Windows Vista. The Albatron
Blue Ray Decoder Card gives mainstream consumers a high-value solution to meet
Vista demands as well as provide a platform to support the latest technology
such as Blu-ray Disk, HD-DVD video playback and DirectX 10 gaming.