A month ago NVIDIA had introduced the Video Decode and
Presentation API for Unix (VDPAU) that brought PureVideo-like features
to Linux. Our initial benchmarks of this video decoding API within
NVIDIA's binary driver were quite favorable as it was able to
dramatically cut down on the CPU usage when playing H.264 video files.
To see how well NVIDIA's VDPAU really is though, we have carried out
some more thorough testing now and our hardware consists of a CPU we
purchased for $20 USD and a NVIDIA GeForce graphics card that retails
for just $30. Can this very low-end hardware manage to play high
definition videos under Linux?