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Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by szlats, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. szlats New Member

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    I'm building a HTPC and looking for suggestions for a video card that would be used for HD video, gaming is not a big concern on this machine. Considerations are low noise/low heat output, ability to manage HD video as I will be recording HDTV onto the HDD's, DVI/HDMI outputs - preferably two, and OCUR / HDCP compliance. I was considering something along the line of a nvidia 8500GT or the ATI raedon HD 2400 XT or the 2600 PRO or the 2600XT. Any suggestionson these or other options?

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    You plan on doing light gaming on the HTPC as well?

    If you're not planning on doing any gaming I say a 7300GT should fill your needs and budget.It still has the lil extra oomph just in case you want to play a game or 2 at halfway decent resolutions.
     
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    2600 or 3800 series!
    3800 series has the best UVD version by far and has good gaming performace to
    you can get a 3850 card with DVI and a native HDMI with sound out!

    2400 isnt on pair in quality its to slow

    i HIGHLY recommend a 3870 i got it my self
    it plays HD DVD AVC/VC-1 with 3% cpu usage!

    http://nwgat.net/woot/files/1/motion_radeon_3770_1080p.h264.powerdvd.UVD.jpg (dont mind the blur its was capped in motion :p
    http://nwgat.net/woot/files/1/hddvd_and_hl2ep2_ati_uvd_3870.jpg

    nvidia dont decode fully vc-1 in hardware so ATI does both VC-1 and h264 in hardware so you can go lower on cpu
    ati even has the best HQV score by far over 100 points

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/article/443/
    says that ATI realy own nvidia in video

    elitebastard hasnt done a good review, i bet they used wrong software, atm cyberlink powerdvd is the only one that decodes 1080p h264/vc-1 in hardware, so guru of 3d review is the best one
    http://www.elitebastards.com/cms/in...sk=view&id=445&Itemid=27&limit=1&limitstart=9
     
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    Why would you put a high end gaming card into a HTPC that isn't going to be used for gaming? Just wondering.
     
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    I just finished my Build for HTPC with HD-DVD and Blu-ray playback. Trust me go with 8600GT with HDCP. 7300 sucks big time. I also tested 2600 pro and it used lot of cpu resources.
    8600GT = 30 to 40% CPU utilization
    2600pro = 60 to 70% CPU utilization

    Suprised by the results. May be driver issue. Had the latest drivers tho.

    So went with 8600GT.
     
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    Yeah, but what program did you use to test playback?
     
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    i use CyberLink PowerDVD
     
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    I'd go for HD2400Pro or the 55nm shrink version (RV615) whatever it will be called.
    Dunno when RV615 is coming out though...
     
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    the problem isnt the 2600 cards its the software/drivers
    some drivers work fine some dosnt, this has allways been the case with nvida to
     
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    You know what, that card looks interesting even to my tastes KTR. Of course as you know my tastes are very picky for budget buyers.

    You get a thanks from me for a nice find! :)
     
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    Notice the spdif cables? You can get audio from you onboard or dedicated sound card and route it to the hdmi port.
     
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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Looks like I'm leaning toward the HD 3850. TUL has a card with a native HDMI output and a DVI output. It is the only card I found with HDMI (not DVI-HDMI dongle) which would seem to be a plus.
     
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    I just got an XpertVision 2600XT for a friends build and it came with 1x VGA, 1x DVI as well as a HDMI port. No adapters or cables needed...it was just there :p.
     
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