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Quick question,

Will I have problem playing every modern file formats, (H.264, BD ..etc.) or any audio/video quality difference by utilizing my old
Athlon 64 X2 5000+ BE (2.6Ghz) + 8600GT
connecting to a 60" Sony EX700 via DVI + SPDIF

vs.

getting a 5450 to do all the work which should take care of everything via HDMI ?

Thanks in advanced.
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I dont know if that card will manage that resolution via hdmi...only dvi,it would be a better option going for a ddr5 card with better specs,plus you're running win 7,it def wont work,only with vista and xp.Its a driver issue.
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An 8600 will work in Windows 7. My friend is still running a 7900 and it works fine. EDIT: I just confirmed on nvidia's website that there is a W7 driver available.

What type of videos do you plan on playing, and what program will you use to play them?
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I am most certainly a 5450 via HDMI will handle 1080p well playing BD and H.264 and I am as certain a 8600GT will work with Win7 and it will do well with DVI for general connectivity. GDDR5 or not does not really matter with HTPC.

There is nothing demanding about it. What I really want to know is if paring up with a slow said CPU-

If the 8600GT will play BD (File or BD drive) or H.264 files smoothly via DVI with PowerDVD Ultra consider it is LACKING newer decoding tech like PureVideo HD

Will the Audio be handled different with a SPDIF from the mobo compares to a direct HDMI passthrough with the 5450?

A 5450 on the other hand, is fully capable of playing all modern format with the AVIVO and UDV2 via HDMI which I do not have to worry about the video/audio, despite that it is an inferior card
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post #5 of 10
I don't see why it would not work. If you were talking about a single core Athlon, then you may have issues, but that is a fast dual core and a decent video card (an 8400GS can handle HD content).

Since you already have them, just try it. If it does not work, no big deal to get the 5450 later.
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8600 GT only has VP2 and doesn't support VC-1 (or has limited support for it, I think). Only the 8400 GS (G98) has VP3 and supported full hardware acceleration of MPEG-2, H.264 and VC-1 (basically all 3 Blu-ray codecs). It's actually better than the (discrete) GeForce 9 series in this regard. GF9 video cards only have VP2. As others have mentioned, you could try with your set-up and if it doesn't work, upgrade to the HD 5450 later. You'd want to make sure you have test clips encoded with H.264 and VC-1. From memory, all the Harry Potter movies in Blu-ray were encoded with VC-1.
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Thank you, the two above posts are really helpful.

Yes, after a bit of reading, I was puzzled by the confusing playback support of the nVidia cards.

Here are some rough idea:
Basically/Strangely -

All G80 8800 series has the 1st gen playback support from 6 and 7 series

the 8600 G84 on the other hand shares the same 2nd gen support with 8500 G86 and all G92/G96 chips which has partial VC-1 support

8200/8300/8400/9300 has the 3rd gen with complete acceleration for MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VC-1/WMV9 and H.264 but limited width.

GT200 onward to GTX580 has the same 4th gen except GTS250(G92) - FULL Support
BUT only GF104/108 do DOLBY/DTS HD bitstream where even the GTX580 does not.

Very complicating and I guess it is best for me to try it.
Edited by andynolife - 1/5/11 at 5:35am
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post #8 of 10
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also any difference between

5450 HDMI

8600GT DVI+SPDIF

video/audio-wise?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by andynolife View Post
also any difference between

5450 HDMI

8600GT DVI+SPDIF

video/audio-wise?
Theoretically, no, just fewer cables since they are all digital signals.
Realistically, sometimes there are minor issues (resolution issues, volume changes etc) with HDMI vs VGA/DVI and SPDIF. That is a driver issue usually.
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HD 5450 supports HD audio bitstreaming. With S/PDIF, you'll probably be limited to 5.1 DD/DTS. Practically speaking, few people would ever notice the difference.
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