30 July 2006

Upgrade to Intel Core 2 Duo E6700

For those who have been following the blog, I just replaced my old ASUS P4 board + Socket 478 P4 3.0G with a cheap ASRock ConroeXFire-eSATA2 (which was reviewed and recommended at www.ocworkbench.com) with a E6700 Conroe processor.

Now I am able to decode the real time videos much better than before. The CPU utilisation also dropped from a high of 70-90% to 30-50%. Although i am using a X1600XT graphic card, the decoder I have directly writes to screen. Thus I am unable to take advantage of the AVIVO feature of the graphics card.

If you know of any DVB-T tuners that can decode h.264, do let me know.

More discussions can be found at the following sites/forums :
http://www.ocwforums.com/bbs/showthread.php?t=20243

29 July 2006

I am back with more news

First of all, I would like to apologise for the no updates for the past weeks. I have been extremely busy with work and there weren't much new developments of HDTV after the hoo-haa event (World Cup).

That day, I had a glimpse of the HD edition of the Pirates of the Carribean. Wow ! The picture quality is fantastic ! I captured some shots of the show on CH 5 and Ch HD One and noticed the differences.

Surprisingly enough, even the 9.30pm news live simulcast on Ch 5 and Ch HD One looks a bit different. The one on HD One is definitely much sharper and picture quality is better.

On another point, ATi has been acquired by AMD. Those of you guys who loves computers would be wondering if AMD will continue to make graphics cards. THe answer is a definite YES and NVIDIA better watch out, you will be KILLED very soon :)

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