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post #21 of 26
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I would recommend getting ATI's HD 2600 instead of an 8 series card. they have a better hd rendering than Nvidia at the moment.
Hey is that product out yet? Where can you buy it? Got a link?
post #22 of 26
And ATI's HD Avivo come with the card for free unlike Nvidia's Pure Video. the HD 2000 series also does hdmi with the connector provided with the card. It even does 5.1 sound output through the hdmi.

For gaming Nvidia
For HTPC ATI
post #23 of 26
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Hey is that product out yet? Where can you buy it? Got a link?
Unfortunately the 2600 isn't being released until July. But in my opinion it is best to either put a spare card in now and get the 2600 when it comes out than getting anything else that is on the market right now. the 2600 is based on 65nm and uses a lot less power than Nvidia's comparable offering. Saphire is also making a passively cooled 2600 XT which would be amazing for a HTPC.
post #24 of 26
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Only the 8600GT and up have HDCP, however. So may want to get an 8600GT or GTS.
The new 8400GS has it as well, thats what I'm going with
 
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Unfortunately the 2600 isn't being released until July. But in my opinion it is best to either put a spare card in now and get the 2600 when it comes out than getting anything else that is on the market right now. the 2600 is based on 65nm and uses a lot less power than Nvidia's comparable offering. Saphire is also making a passively cooled 2600 XT which would be amazing for a HTPC.
Damn, I am all confused now. Quote from an article:

http://www.extrememhz.com/htpcguide-p3.shtml

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Now, while I wouldn't use anything but an ATI powered card in my main desktop rig, I would personally not recommend one for an HTPC setup. For years now, I've never been a fan of their Catalyst Control Panel and setting up the card to work well with your HDTV is not as easy as it is with nVidia.
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post #26 of 26
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Now, while I wouldn't use anything but an ATI powered card in my main desktop rig, I would personally not recommend one for an HTPC setup. For years now, I've never been a fan of their Catalyst Control Panel and setting up the card to work well with your HDTV is not as easy as it is with nVidia.
Well I don't know what their experience has been but when I went from the 9600XT to my current 6800 I found Nvidia's control panel more confusing than ATI's. Maybe I was just use to CCC but I had to ultramon because i couldn't get dual displays to work right with my 6800 and my projector and that is a HD projector at 720p. That and the fact the 2600's were basically designed for HTPC's I'd go with that. The card has a Dedicated unified video decoder on the chip to do H.264/AVC and VC-1 decoding. It also has hardware MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4/DivX video decoder acceleration.
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