RetroGamer4Ever wrote on 2022-09-18, 10:23:
For video playback, you want a Geforce 8-series or later, but a 6 or 7 is passable, preferably 7. With the 6-series, the video playback functions vary quite a bit and were not uniform across the product lines. 7 and 8 had PCIe cards converted to AGP with bridge chips, while 6 had native AGP cards. This was because the emerging markets/Asia was reliant on older/existing, less expensive hardware, and they wanted newer cards for gaming and media usage.
The GF8 GPU had a memory leak issue, though.
GF7 was very limited in terms of gaming, I remember.
GF5/Geforce FX.. Oh my god! - But it had a dedicated 2D unit, still, which is honorable.
Personally, I'd get a GF9 type GPU rather. The leaking bug, was still there, technically, but somewhat tamed.
Or I'd get an S3. The S3 PCIe card I had in late 2000 was awesome for DVD playback.
The IDC algorithms etc. in silicon were amazing.
Hm. It was an S3 UniChrome series, I believe?
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