I won't spend as much time in this section as normal. What with the
problems I've noted already in Video and Audio, it should be apparent
what the limitations will be.
VaroDVD does support MMX and 3DNow! for playback enhancement. But again,
it lacks hardware optimization for the majority of video cards out
there. S3 Savage owners are covered, but that seems to be all. This is
a major issue, because even with a P3/Athlon, some Hardware Motion
Compensation would just help that much more when you want to multitask
or your system is loaded down. Read the
DVD FAQ to go over the
Specifics. It will spell it out for you better than I can in a review,
though I've covered it some in previous reviews. Also some very helpful
hints for you there.
The Audio support is DirectSound for capable soundcards. Preferably PCI.
It has enhancements for Q-Surround, and somewhere out there I'm sure
some user is saying "YES! I HAVE THAT!". The rest of us get what it
has. It's pretty decent, so shouldn't be a problem.
The Install mentions Dolby Digital support and SP/DIF output mode. Most
players usually take them to mean the same thing? So I will guess that
DOLBY DIGITAL is a simulated surround out for DirectSound mode, and
SP/DIF for those with the hardware. No major difference in quality
between Dolby Surround mode and Q-Surround on the test system.