Bij Cole3D is een artikel gepost waarin een software matige DVD setup wordt vergeleken met met een setup waarbij gebruik wordt gemaakt van een hardware decoder. Naast een onderzoek naar het CPU gebruik van processors van 233MHz tot 550MHz werd ook gekeken naar een verschil in beeldkwaliteit. Hieronder vast een gedeelte, lees hier de rest.
With several options in the market today for experiencing DVDs today you're naturally going to hear arguments for each side. There is no one right answer, as we are all in different situations in terms of our setup and budget. The ideal set up for PC-DVDs would be a good solid CPU (say 400mhz+ or so), a video card supporting hardware motion compensation such as the Viper II, Rage 128, or G400, a nice 19 inch or larger monitor or TV, a sound card supporting Digital speakers along with a good set of speakers. Otherwise, pair those speakers up with a good hardware decoder and monitor you'll have just as satisfying of an experience.
Pricewise, a good CPU, video card, and sound card will set you back further than a regular $60 hardware decoder which basically combines all those into one card allowing you to skimp on the other products while still offering great image quality, sound, and no dropped frames. However, obviously you get more with a good overall set up as you didn't buy them JUST for DVDs.
So it's really a matter of what you use your computer for. If you're an average user at home who only requires a 200mhz processor to browse the web and type up documents, you definitely don't want to upgrade ALL your components JUST for DVDs, while you can just get a decoder and DVD-ROM Drive and leave all your components in tact.
However, if you're a high end gamer/business user and already have all the components it takes to power up DVDs and make a real experience out of it, all you'll really need is a DVD-ROM Drive to add to your current setup.