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Biostar TF7050-M2 GeForce 7050PV Motherboard Review

Biostar TF7050-M2 GeForce 7050PV Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The GeForce 7050PV incorporates GeForce 7 series graphics onboard which is DirectX 9.0C compatible, and shares up to 256MB of system memory.
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External Mfg. Website: Biostar May 10 2007   Colin Sun  
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nVIDIA PureVideo and High Definition Content

High definition is the future entertainment standard of tomorrow's video's. Playing high definition content on current generation PCs can bog down even the fastest processors because there is more data to handle. Similar to the need for DVD accelerators a few years ago, nVIDIA PureVideo enables computer users to view MPEG-2/DVD and WMV9 High Definition formats on the monitor without slowing the Biostar TF7050-M2 system to a crawl.

The PureVideo standard incorporates a hardware accelerator for the afore mentioned MPEG-2/DVD, and Microsoft Windows Media High Definition Video standards (WMV9 HD). According to nVIDIA's documentation on PureVideo, the GPU (GeForce 7 series GPUs) takes on video decoding tasks from the CPU, and the end result is smoother, shutter free High Definition playback. nVIDIA PureVideo also supports most current and future high definition formats.

PureVideo is more than just a media accelerator; it also includes features to improve video picture quality. DVD, cable and satellite video provide poor crispness, clearness and smoothness that consumers have been desperate to be "saved from." nVIDIA's PureVideo technology applies spatial temporal de-interlacing to apparently deliver a better image than traditional de-interlacing can muster. PureVideo also fixes the 3:2 pull down problem that can arise from 24 fps video being converted to 30 fps for viewing on TVs or monitors. By recovering the original 24 frame content, PureVideo allows for a clear crisper image.

Another neat feature of PureVideo is its ability to scale videos to any resolution, while maintaining a relatively detailed picture. This means users can view lower resolution videos at a high resolution without suffering too much from blocky or blurry pictures.

Examining CPU Load with PureVideo

To test PureVideo's High Definition accelerating capabilities on the Biostar TF7050-M2, we'll playback a video downloaded from Microsoft's WMV HD Content Showcase through Windows Media Player 10. "The Discoverers" (IMAX) video is available in both 720P and 1080P formats. AMD processor utilization will be monitored via Task Manager.

When running the 720P version of the Discoverers video, CPU usage on the Athlon64 X2 5000+ jumped between 13-18% which is pretty good. The system offloads most of the high definition processing onto the onboard GeForce 7050 videocard. This allows the system to run tasks and applications in the background without any problems.

The 1080P version of the Discoverers video chews up a bit more system resources between 15-20%. That's still peanuts compared to what a non-accelerated high definition video would use, and you have a ton of resources free for whatever else you're doing.

Next the overclocking!

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Contents of Article: Biostar TF7050-M2
 Pg 1.  Biostar TF7050-M2 GeForce 7050PV Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  nVIDIA GeForce 7050PV Chipset
 Pg 3.  Biostar TF7050-M2 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 4.  HDMI Motherboard Highlights Continued
 Pg 5.  — nVIDIA PureVideo and High Definition Content
 Pg 6.  Overclocking the GeForce 7050PV
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview, SiSoft Sandra XIb
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 10.  How does nVIDIA's GeForce 7050PV stack up?

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