AMD's AVIVO is a collection of different video
technologies that share a common name, like Centrino or ViiV for example. First
and foremost, AMD's AVIVO includes a hardware accelerator for MPEG-2/DVD
Microsoft Windows Media HD video standards (WMV HD) and H.264 standards.
VIVO is built into the MSI K9AGM2-FIH's Radeon Xpress
1250 videocard and helps to enable such features as Home Theatre PCs (HTPC) or
Personal Video Recorders (PVR) with the appropriate 3rd-party software
applications. AVIVO can automatically adjust gamma and colour correction, and
that should enhance picture quality too.
High Fidelity Colour allows for 10-bits per colour
channel, which translated basically means a more vibrant picture. There is also
a high quality 12-bit analog-to-digital converter to reduce picture noise as
To test AVIVO's HD accelerating capabilities, we played
a HD video through Windows Media Player 10 (the movie can be downloaded from Microsoft's WMV HD Content Showcase) on
the MSI K9AGM2-FIH motherboard. The Discoverers (IMAX) video is available in
both 720P and 1080P formats, and CPU utilization was monitored during playback
through Task Manager to give a general indication of system load.
When running the 720P version of the
Discoverers video, AMD's AVIVO is able to greatly lower CPU usage and here it it
jumped between 10-15%.
CPU usage when running the 1080P version of
the Discoverers video was also very good and the program used between 12-17% of
the systems resources. That's definitely very good, and low enough for you to
run intensive services or applications in the background. The benchmarks are up