Originally Posted by NotSoCoolJ
100$ says the Nvidia borders are right out of the box. I use an ATI card now, but the Nvidia it replaced was spot on with the same TV and the ATI had to be changed in CCC. May I ask you what kind of driver problems you are having? So far, I have been as happy with ATI as I was with Nvidia. In fact, I think the ATI picture quality is better.
hmm....I'd put the $100 back in the pocket.
Granted ATI seems to have problems, but so does Nvidia.
It depends on the combination of equipment being used and with computers there are hundreds and thousands of possible permutations. Numerous hardware, firmware, drivers and software make for one big melting pot. And connect that to hundreds of variable displays with their own issues and there is further complication.
Here are some examples that I have encountered:
Nvidia 8200 with a Sony LCD TV - Overscans, need to reduce desktop to fit screen.
ATI 3200, 3450 & 4350 with Sharp 720p & 1080p LCD TVs - Fits perfectly
ATI 3200, 4350 & 5750 with Dynex 720p TV, Optoma 720p PJ & VS 1080p PJ - The PJs fit perfectly while the TV needs scaling.
Here's an odd thing though, if the HDMI port or ATI DVI-HDMI adapter is used it needs scaling. However, if a generic DVI-HDMI adapter is used on the DVI port it fits perfectly.
Originally Posted by dealove
So, I just finished building my new work/media center PC. I am currently using two ATI 5450s to drive two monitors and a HDTV (Samsung LED through Sony STR-DA 5300ES). The main reason I went with ATI 5XXX series is that they can do Bitstream over HDMI. All that worked good and surround sound in movies sounded great.
However, I have been having several issues with ATI video drivers and after 5 OS installations and several tweaks, I am officially giving up on ATI. So, I will be getting 2 NVIDIA cards soon to drive three displays. However, I will not have bitstream audio. The onboard realtek audio port can only do LPCM and that too, it does not do a good job of that (sometimes swaps the channels and sometime ignores them).
My question is, if I am willing to compromise on Dolby HD and DTS HD, is there is sound card (or a non ATI GPU) that can do all that ATI 5450 did (I do not want to compromise on bitstreaming) (My receiver can combine HDMI and optical so I am not worried about that aspect - in fact, I already have an optical cable running to AVR).
What OS are you running?
Which drivers are you using?
What software is used for playback and what kind of files are you trying to play?
Multiple monitors will generally give some sort of HDCP error with PDVD (and maybe other players too).
Optical can only do SPDIF quality audio, not HD quality.
Here's some info
on audio and bitstreaming using SPDIF and HDMI.
Maybe ATI is the problem, maybe it isn't. There are many users here who have the 5000 series of video cards and have been successful in bitstreaming HD audio to various brands of receivers. I would advise you to read up about them in their threads if you have not already done so. There is a vast reservoir of information, tips, tricks, bugs and workarounds posted in these threads.