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Pros:

This is a great card for a cheap media player. It supports VDPAU Set B, which has full hardware decoding for H.264, MPEG-2, and VC1. (That's the usual format BluRay discs are in) See wikipedia PureVideo article. This 8400GS is the newer version with the G98 GPU, which makes it probably the best PCI video card you can find for use with playing videos. I can play big 1080p H264 videos at perfect framerates using only 40% CPU usage on a 2.4Ghz AMD AM2. Without VDPAU, the CPU is pegged at 100% with around 10FPS. The low profile also makes it great for small cases, common for media PC's. Tested with VDPAU turned on for both mplayer and XBMC on Ubuntu Karmic.

Cons:

Mail in rebates are annoying.

Other Thoughts:

It took me a while to find this: mplayer -vo vdpau -vc ffh264vdpau MyH264Video.mkv You need to specify the video codec created for VDPAU support in mplayer. (It doesn't automatically select it with the video output device)

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