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Ok.. so, MPEG2-HD formats, which have minimal usage, aren't supported correctly on ATI. ATI does however, properly manage X264, which is more of what people have concern for at the moment (correct?) And CPU usage to manage MPEG2-HD doesn't top 16% on a Regor-250 (a sub $50 CPU) when combined with a 5450.
On the other hand, we can flip to Nvidia, which while properly supporting it, has no platform at all to pass DTS-MA/TrueHD DD Bitstream. And Nvidia's color space profile is still wrong (black crush) and it's overscan supports suck.
I've come to the conclusion that neither card gets it 100% correct. But for now, this issue as a concern is a minor one compared to a shoddy HDMI interpretation that Nvidia has. As it appears, this is something that could be addressed in a future driver, so it's not that it's impossible.
Whereas ever having bitstream HD audio come through an Nvidia card is a hardware impossibility.
I get the concern. I'm just not worried about my processor jumping from 4% to 16%.