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Albatron Blue Ray Decoder Card Examined (Page 4)

By Shawn Baker from Nov 24, 2007 @ 23:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 60%Manufacturer: Albatron

Test System Setup

Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3GHz (333MHz x 9)

Cooling: Corsair Nautilus500 (Supplied by Corsair) with Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound (Supplied by Arctic Cooling)

Motherboard(s): ASUS Blitz Extreme (Supplied by ASUS)

Memory: 2 X 1GB Corsair XMS3 DDR-3 1066MHz 7-7-7-21 (Supplied by Corsair)

Hard Disk(s): Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA-2

Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista

Drivers: Catalyst 7.10, Forceware 169.01

It's a "Decoder Card" shoot off and we intend to put the Albatron Blue Ray Decoder Card up against what we personally think is one of the best HTPC cards available on the market, the Palit HD 2600 Pro Sonic which carries with it UVD. UVD is AMDs HD decoding technology; and yes, the Palit offering comes with a native HDMI port as well.

3DMark05

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 130

Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark05/

Buy It Here

3DMark05 is now the second latest version in the popular 3DMark "Gamers Benchmark" series. It includes a complete set of DX9 benchmarks which tests Shader Model 2.0 and above.

For more information on the 3DMark05 benchmark, we recommend you read our preview here.

No surprises here, performance on the Albatron based 8500GT is down when compared to the HD 2600 PRO.

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