Video Cards for Hardware Decoding of Blu-ray Disc

List of cards that should be able to decode H.264/VC-1/MPEG-2 in hardware

Media Player Classic Home Cinema
Arcsoft TotalMedia Theatre 3 Platinum
CyberLink PowerDVD Ultra
Corel WinDVD 9 BD



ATI Avivo HD technology is designed for high-end, high definition video playback in home theater systems. Free your CPU to power other applications with new UVD (Unified Video Decoder) hardware processing of HD video formats.

Unified Video Decoder (UVD)
UVD frees up your CPU for other tasks so you get The Ultimate Visual Experience™ for even the most processing-intensive content, including full decode of VC-1 and H.264

Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD2)
UVD 2.0, Also, take full advantage of Blu-ray functionality with dual-stream, picture in picture (PIP) capabilities, including full decode of VC-1, H.264 and MPEG-2.

Discrete Cards
ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series** (UVD2, LPCM upto 7.1, DTS/DD)
ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series* (UVD, LPCM 2.0, 5.1 DTS/DD)
ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series (UVD, LPCM 2.0, 5.1 DTS/DD)

AMD 785G (HD 4200, UVD2, LPCM upto 7.1, 5.1 DTS/DD)
AMD 790GX  (HD 3300, UVD, LPCM upto 2.0, 5.1 DTS/DD)
AMD 780G   (HD 3200,UVD, LPCM upto 2.0, 5.1 DTS/DD)
**Unknown support for DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus (specs says it supports)

Audio via DVI-D also works
785, HD 4000 Series support Hardware Picture in Picture



PureVideo HD

NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series and above incorporate a revolutionary new video processing architecture, making them them capable of offloading Blu-ray video decoding (H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2) from the CPU. This added processing power gives PureVideo HD technology the ability to support more features as they are added to Blu-ray movies, including “picture-in-picture”, interactive games and menus, and higher bit-rate / higher video quality.

Discrete Cards
NVIDIA Geforce GTX Series*  (LPCM 2.0, 5.1 DTS/DD)
NVIDIA Geforce 9000 Series* (LPCM 2.0, 5.1 DTS/DD)
NVIDIA Geforce 8000 Series* (LPCM 2.0, 5.1 DTS/DD)

Geforce 9400/9300 IGP  (7.1 LPCM, 5.1 DTS/DD)
Geforce 8300/8200 IGP  (7.1 LPCM, 5.1 DTS/DD)

*8000 series dont support full decode of VC-1
*Discrete only supports DTS/DD 5.1 via SPDIF (internal cable needed)


Intel® Clear Video Technology, includes built-in support for smooth high-definition video playback without the need for add-in video cards or decoders. a combination of video processing hardware and software technologies designed to enhance the visual experience.

Intel G45 (LPCM 7.1,  5.1 DTS/DD)
Intel G43 (LPCM 7.1,  5.1 DTS/DD)
Intel G41 (LPCM 7.1,  5.1 DTS/DD)
Intel G35  (LPCM 7.1,  5.1 DTS/DD)

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