A friend of mine is upgrading his system and looking to buy a DVD drive. He's running a Voodoo3 3000 on a K6-2 500MHz system. Would he be able to get good fullscreen playback without a dedicated decoder card?
I used to have a similar system and it would do it. I forgot what software decoder I was using at the time I think Power DVD, but I can't quite remember. He might not be able to to play at real high resolutions, but I can't really remember now.
My old system was K6/2 500 128megs of ram, Voodoo 2000, 20gig 7200rpm drive. 19" monitor.
The cpu will run it fine, but the some dvd's might not play very smooth on action scenes becuase of video card. Maybe he should use PowerDVD it will run alittle bit smoother. If power dvd runs to slow on it then winDVD will do the trick.
I had best results using K6-2 300 with V3 when I used ATI DVD Player 3.1.
Even though it's a 3dfx card, the ATI 3.1 software worked like a champ with it.
Tried all the other software including the included WinDVD and as well as PowerDVD. ATI 3.1 player worked the best.
As much as I hated the V3 in the end, it did have good DVD playback using it's TV out.