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Is your PC Capable of Playing HD Video from Blu-ray and HD DVD?

by Shivaranjan on September 9, 2006

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Are you thinking of viewing High Definition (HD) video in your PC? If yes here is the minimum system requirements for playing HD video using Cyberlink HD Video playback software ( I guess most of us won’t be able to meet it):
Processor (CPU):

  • Intel Pentium EE 840 (3.2 GHz)
  • Intel Pentium EE 955 (3.4 GHz)
  • Intel Pentium D 9xx series 945 (3.4 GHz), 950 (3.4 GHz), 960 (3.6 GHz)
  • Intel Core Duo T2xxx series T2500 (2 GHz), T2600 (2.16 GHz), T2700 (2.33 GHz)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6xxx series E6300 (1.8 GHz), E6400 (2.13 GHz), E6600 (2.4 GHz), E6700 (2.66 GHz), E6800 (2.93 GHz)
  • AMD Athlon 64 FX series FX-60 (2.6 GHz), FX-62 (2.8 GHz)
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 series 4200+ (2.2 GHz), 4400+ (2.2 GHz), 4600+ (2.4 GHz), 4800+ (2.4 GHz), 5000+ (2.6 GHz)
  • AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60 (2 GHz)

Note: All the above CPU’s are Dual Core.
Even my Dual core Pentium D 930 @ 3.0Ghz is not enough.
System Memory (RAM):
512 MB or above, 1 GB is recommended (This condition my computer satisfies as I have 2GB of RAM)

Disc Drive:
Blu-ray Disc drive or HD DVD drive (This I don’t have right now)

Graphics Card:
NVidia GeForce: 7600 GT, 7800 GTX 512, 7900 GX2, 7900 GTX, 7950 GX2
ATi: X1600 series, X1800 series, X1900 series
(Again I fail this condition as am currently on onboard graphics powered by Intel 945G chipset)

Video RAM:
256 MB graphics card memory or above (My computer fails this as I have only 128MB of video RAM)

Display Devices:
1. HDCP (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) compliant display (DVI, HDMI connections) for digital output.
2. TV (composite, componet, S-Video) or computer monitor (VGA) for analog output
( My monitor is not HDCP complaint)

Cyberlink even offers a tool which will check your system for compatibilty and will give a report:
Here is my Report for Blu-ray HD Video Compatability:

Here is my Report for HD DVD HD Video Compatability:

Conclusion:
If you don’t have a dual core cpu then you are out of the game right away. I don’t know how many people will be able to afford such high end configuration; even Windows Vista does not require such a configuration. Another thing I come to know by going through system requirement is: Cyberlink software is resource hogger and I hope to see a better alternative soon.
Does your computer confirm to these requirements? Please give your feedback. You can also post your results here using the cyberlink tool.

Via TgDaily

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