Cyberlink Power DVD 6

Cyberlink's PowerDVD 6 was released in the last quarter of 2004 and reportedly improved on an already best-in-class product.

Brief Overview 

PowerDVD 6 is at heart a video media player, although it also contains the capability to play audio files. The player can be configured to customize both the audio and video experience with a wide array of top-end and in-house technologies offered. Power DVD 6 is compatible with almost every type of video files available, ensuring a robust application that can be thought of as a full-service program. Along the lines of capability, there are two versions of PowerDVD 6 available. Most of the differences between Standard and Deluxe reside in the audio capabilities, but it is worth noting that if you are working with DVD-Audio or DivX Pro files you will need the Deluxe version. Standard edition is available at for $49.95 while Deluxe edition sells for $69.95 (exactly the same price as version 5 at its release). Various upgrade packages are available for owners of previous versions, as well. 

System Requirements 

Before purchasing or trialing any software, ensure that your PC meets the minimum system requirements as stated by the manufacturer. In most cases, you should actually exceed the minimum system by quite a little bit if you really want to enjoy the application, but that is completely in the eye of the beholder. In the case of PowerDVD 6 Deluxe, ensure that your system has at least the following: 

Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP, Home and Pro 
Intel Pentium III 500MHz or higher 
128MB system RAM 
60MB minimum of Hard Drive Space 
Graphics card and SVGA monitor capable of 1024 x 768 @ 32-bit resolution and support for DirectDraw overlay
PCI sound card, USB audio box or motherboard built-in audio device 
DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD-RAM, or DVD+R/RW, DVD-Dual, DVD-Multi, or a DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive with 1394, USB2.0, ATAPI, SCSI or CardBus 


For some of the special technologies discussed later to work well, you will need at least a 1.6GHz processor or 1GHz Mobility chip. If you run this with Windows XP you need at least 256MB of RAM for Windows alone, and probably should really have 512-1024MB for smooth playback. In any case, you will want a fairly recent system to run this program effectively as well as utilize all of the built-in technology. While the size of the download has been reduced since version 5, the system requirements have definitely increased!


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