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I think it's more of a "stand alone decoder" than anything else.
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I think it's more of a "stand alone decoder" than anything else.
So it really doesn't give much benefit then that proper drivers or software couldn't give you with a regular GPU...?
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I think it will mostly be used for decoding/encoding video streams and stuff like that. Kinda like a sound card... sort of. I don't see why you couldn't game on the thing, but I doubt it will be that much better than an IGP for those purposes. However, with today's beefy IGPs (the ones from ATI at least) and multi core CPUs, I see this card as more of a gimmick than anything else.
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post #14 of 23
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2) How can it truly be splended with no HDMI connector? You still have to use a DVI-HDMI converter, which will cause some degradation issues. The only reason I can see this not mattering is if an amplifier has input for separate audio channels to go with a sepcific HDMI cable. (I am thinking in terms of HTPC use.)
A DVI-HDMI converter is just a pass-through dongle, as DVI uses the same signaling scheme as HDMI, just without the audio. So it won't suffer any degradation issues, you just will need a separate source of audio, unless the card has a sound processor on it.
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A DVI-HDMI converter is just a pass-through dongle, as DVI uses the same signaling scheme as HDMI, just without the audio. So it won't suffer any degradation issues, you just will need a separate source of audio, unless the card has a sound processor on it.
Just a pass through? Is it shielded? Degradation may not be noticeable but it could still be there. Regardless, I would rather see an actual HDMI port.
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post #16 of 23
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Just a pass through? Is it shielded? Degradation may not be noticeable but it could still be there. Regardless, I would rather see an actual HDMI port.
It's digital...

Also, I don't know if all of you are blind or what, but I clearly see a X16 PCIe 'finger' on the card. I'm quite certain it will be able to replace your GPU.

I'm guessing that it's just a 3850 with an additional image processing chip/filter.
    
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It's digital...

Also, I don't know if all of you are blind or what, but I clearly see a X16 PCIe 'finger' on the card. I'm quite certain it will be able to replace your GPU.
That doesn't mean the signal can't deteriorate, it just means it's easier to sift through the noise to get at the signal.
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i believe that this card is like basically the stand alone UVD decoder that is just running on the 3850 core. not really meant for gaming but HTPC's. and well basic home computer use that will maybe use a bit of image/video editing all in one..ie. HTPC's but multipurpose(expanding into pictures)...not only if it had a tv tuner...i miss ati's AIW cards....
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That doesn't mean the signal can't deteriorate, it just means it's easier to sift through the noise to get at the signal.
DVI is exactly the same as HDMI minus the Audio signal. HDMI would be pointless if there is no audio coming out of the Video card.
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That doesn't mean the signal can't deteriorate, it just means it's easier to sift through the noise to get at the signal.
TMDS is very resistant to signal degradation. So a simple adapter plug is very unlikely to affect anything.
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