Often software decoding is actually better. If you saw bad quality with a GeForce on DVD, switch software. The GF series still have enhancements (but not a full hardware decoder) and can provide excellent DVD quality with the right software. Now I will say that the Radeon's decoder does have pretty nice image quality, but again, it doesn't look any better than good software on my GF2 (or my old TNT2 and Savage4 for that matter). The worst DVD quality I've seen was the hardware decoder on my old Rage LT Pro. Now I realize that that was a sucky OEM card, and I'm not going to condemn ATi as a whole for that card, but many of the hardware decoders suck. Only a select few seem any good. Hardware decoders are only sometimes the way to go.