Video Transcoding Examined: AMD, Intel, And Nvidia In-Depth

Image Quality: Examined

We recently covered image quality in our review of the first desktop Brazos mini-ITX board. If you already read it, then you know there were some surprising results when we dug into the platform’s image decode/encode capabilities. All else being equal, the output quality of encoded video was fairly similar in comparing Intel and AMD. Nvidia’s CUDA-accelerated output was another story entirely, though. Any video we pumped through it had discernible blockiness in high-motion scenes. We’d been warned about this previously, but it took a lot of A-B comparison to realize how bad the situation really was.

That brings us to today’s image quality tests. There are many leftover questions from our Brazos coverage, which weren’t really relevant there, but deserved their own in-depth exploration.

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