ATI launched their Avivo platform last month and AnandTech decided to compare the first Avivo video cards, the Radeon X1300, X1600 and X1800 with NVIDIA's PureVideo to check out which technology delivers the best de-interlacing quality.
Despite what ATI told us at our Avivo briefing last month (although ATI insists it was a miscommunication), H.264 decode acceleration is not launching alongside the R5xx GPUs. ATI is committed to bringing both H.264 decode acceleration and transcode assist by the end of the year, but for now, we have no way of testing those features.
The capture and encoding aspects of Avivo we’ve already looked at with the Theater 550, that leaves Avivo’s 10-bit display pipeline, Xileon TV encoder, dual-link DVI, and ATI’s enhanced de-interlacing/video scaling. And we're holding off on testing the Xileon TV encoder until we get a component dongle for the cards.
AnandTech finds out that NVIDIA's PureVideo de-interlacing quality is way superior compared to ATI's Avivo. Check out the full comparison over here.