I'm confused, can anybody explain? Specifically on the geforce8, what does hardware decoding exactly mean?
Is it (a) just what we all know as hardware acceleration or dxva, namely that instead of the CPU the geforce8 GPU processes video decoding with the PowerDVD, WinDVD or whatever .ax-file codec?
Or is it (b) that the kind of information that is stored in such an .ax-file is stored in a tiny hardware chip on the gpu board aswell (or integrated into the geforce8 GPU instead of a little chip)?
If (b) should be the case, what sense does the nvidia pure video/pure HD software make??? At least in case that those include .ax codec files.
??? Is anybody out there being really deep into this?