Originally Posted by SlackerX
I do hope you're not taking this personally. I'm just trying to get to the bottom of what these devices are capable of--and making sure that they aren't just glorified SPDIF connections once again. That's why I asked my question at the end. If the answer is that the G45 and the 8000 series solutions are working properly, that's all you need to say.
Sorry for the mixup slackerX,
If you looke my first resposne was to Archibebl, who's not as fimiliar with games, and was asking if there are some other hooks or encoding scheme that games would use. And in general the answer is no, there is not.
If you look in my response (that you quoted by the way) I enumerated all the possible output formats for games. There I listed SPDIF as 2 channel for LPCM or DDLive, DTS connect as the only digital spdif options (so we've really been on the same page the whole time).
I was trying to be clear, unfortunetly HDMI with it's multiple feature level ******** has made things so mixed up that it's hard to explain to people, because HDMI doesn't really mandate any level of audio support.
So we have
HDMI w/ spdif
HDMI w/ 8 channel LPCM but no bitstreaming
HDMI V1.3 w/ 8 channel LPCM but no bitstreaming (see PS3)
HDMI V1.3 w/ LPCM and bitstreaming.
Which HDMI are you talking about?
Anyway HDMI w/ 8 channel LPCM is great for games and there are a few motherboards out there that support it now and the ATI4800 is rumored to support it and the new Asus xonar will also support it.