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My ATI 5450 has a built-in HD audio controller, while my GTX260 does not.

From ATI's website:
Integrated HD audio controller
- Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required.
- Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats


The result is that I don't need any software or codecs or anything on my 5450 based machine when watching Blu-Ray or DVD to get HD sound out of the HDMI port. How can I find out if, and which NVIDIA cards have this same feature? Their website doesn't appear to provide that information.
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post #2 of 12
Pretty sure all the 4 series cards do.
post #3 of 12
You used to have to connect your HD audio to your Nvidia card through a little cable from your MB to card. The newer cards (at least 4xx and above, I believe) do have an integrated controller like the ATI cards.

edit: have a look at this: http://www.evga.com/support/faq/afmmain.aspx?faqid=58021
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I would assume u just need any card with HDMI on it no?
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Thank you for the replies. I have my GTX260 hooked up to my motherboard with that little SPDIF cable, but the difference is, I can't get Dolby HD sound of any kind (3.1, 5.1, 7.1, DTS, etc) with the card unless I use the Sharky codec packs, or unless I have a high-end software player that comes with the codecs. On the other hand, using my 5450, I use no cable, and no special software, and it automatically sends out the HD audio streams to the receiver.
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post #6 of 12
Just use HDMI. It runs audio through the PCI-Express slot. You need to set HDMI as default in the speaker settings, though. ATi is glorifying something available to all HDMI ports, IIRC.
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post #7 of 12
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After much searching on Nvidia's site, I finally found the answer!
The 300 and 400 series cards have a built in codec that supports just about all of the dolby formats. If your 200 series card allows audio through PCI-E instead of the add-on SPDIF cable, then it will support all except Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master (which is what I believe blu-ray is on). This would explain my problem with my GTX 260 card since the one I have requires the SPDIF.

Bottom line... all the 300/400 series cards will do all the same things as the 5000 series ATI cards.

http://nvidia.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nvidia.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=2796&p_sid=k1II7Mhk&p_lva=2593&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_srch=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPSZwX3NvcnRfYnk9JnBfZ3JpZHNvcnQ9JnBfcm93X2NudD05MjIsOTIyJnBfcHJvZHM9JnBfY2F0cz0mcF9wdj0mcF9jdj0mcF9zZWFyY2hfdHlwZT1hbnN3ZXJzLnNlYXJjaF9ubCZwX3BhZ2U9MQ%21%21&p_li=
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post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hindsight;11682945 
After much searching on Nvidia's site, I finally found the answer!
The 300 and 400 series cards have a built in codec that supports just about all of the dolby formats. If your 200 series card allows audio through PCI-E instead of the add-on SPDIF cable, then it will support all except Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master (which is what I believe blu-ray is on). This would explain my problem with my GTX 260 card since the one I have requires the SPDIF.

Bottom line... all the 300/400 series cards will do all the same things as the 5000 series ATI cards.

http://nvidia.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nvidia.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=2796&p_sid=k1II7Mhk&p_lva=2593&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_srch=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPSZwX3NvcnRfYnk9JnBfZ3JpZHNvcnQ9JnBfcm93X2NudD05MjIsOTIyJnBfcHJvZHM9JnBfY2F0cz0mcF9wdj0mcF9jdj0mcF9zZWFyY2hfdHlwZT1hbnN3ZXJzLnNlYXJjaF9ubCZwX3BhZ2U9MQ%21%21&p_li=

specool.gif Thanks for info! I was following thread for answer.
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post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Hindsight;11682378 
My ATI 5450 has a built-in HD audio controller, while my GTX260 does not.

From ATI's website:
Integrated HD audio controller
- Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required.
- Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats


The result is that I don't need any software or codecs or anything on my 5450 based machine when watching Blu-Ray or DVD to get HD sound out of the HDMI port. How can I find out if, and which NVIDIA cards have this same feature? Their website doesn't appear to provide that information.

any Nvidia GPU with HDMI out has audio out.
    
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post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by BKsMassive;11683532 
any Nvidia GPU with HDMI out has audio out.

Right, but they don't have an on-board audio controller and without that, you need software to pull/process the audio stream off whatever media you are playing if you want dolby sound. Some of the nicer (read: expensive) software DVD players come with this, some don't. It's better to have it built into the video card. If your video card doesn't have the controller, and your software player doesn't process the audio stream, you'll get 2chnl, non-dolby sound out of your HDMI. This is what happens with my GTX260. If I play DVDs on my PC using the OEM version of Power DVD, I get 2chnl audio out of my HDMI port only. If I install the Shark007 codec pack, then the best I can get is 5.1. Yet on my ATI 5450 HTPC, the card natively pulls ANY digital HD audio stream from the source, regardless of player, and sends it out the HDMI... even DTS Digital and DTS HD Master Audio, and this is without having a software DVD player that supports it, or any kind of special codec packs. Looks like the NVidia 300 and 400 series cards all do the same thing, which is the info I was after.
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