[QUOTE=THX-UltraII;2112887]I would like to know if hardware acceleration is needed/recommended for 1080p material. I ve read several post where HW acc. is discussed and is truly recommended for 1080i based material. However, I only watch 1080p content so is HW acc. really needed or even does have effect on the PQ or CPU reduction?
I m using a Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2,67GHz 4Mb CPU and have a 7600GS PCI-e card which has HW acc. support.[/QUOTE]
Only the 8600 GTS and the HD 2600 are real contenders when it comes to accelerated H.264/VC-1 decoding - it was dissapointing to find that both top of the range cards from NVIDIA and ATI only has previous generation HD acceleration. This is one of the reasons I’ve put off buying a new computer until January, because the hardware is just not here yet for efficient HD decoding and also great gaming performance. Both H.264 and VC-1 will be really important for Blu-ray/HD DVD, as it looks like Blu-ray will be heading towards H.264, and HD DVD staying with VC-1.
this is a quote when I asked over a year ago abut HD playback from a
HTPC’s(home theater personal computers)
with your dual core, cpu will not be an issue, but that video chipset and the software codecs will be the limiting factors
I would think hardware acceleration would be mandatory