NVIDIA’s PureVideo Accelerates Media on the PC

NVIDIA Finally Delivers GeForce6 Video Engine

by Anton Shilov
12/22/2004 | 05:25 AM

NVIDIA Corp. officially announced this week its PureVideo technology, originally referred as Programmable Video Processor, that is meant to improve video performance and quality on personal computers equipped with graphics cards based on NVIDIA GeForce 6-series graphics processors.

 

Key features of PureVideo include:

NVIDIA unveiled its Programmable Video Processor in mid-April, along with the GeForce 6800-series of graphics processing units. The company, however, did not enable the PVP from the beginning and then even said the PVP of the GeForce 6800 was less advanced than that of the GeForce 6600, claiming that the former did not support HD WMV acceleration.

X-bit labs can confirm that the PureVideo technology works on the GeForce 6800- and GeForce 6600-series graphics cards available in our laboratory, provided that special drivers and NVIDIA DVD Decoder is used. However, at least some NVIDIA GeForce 6800-series graphics cards for AGP bus require a BIOS update. Please keep in mind that different BIOSes are needed for graphics cards with different PCB designs.