Graphics Card - Will upgrade help? - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 Old 09-30-2013, 06:30 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
laakness's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: WI
Posts: 113
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 29
I currently have a HTPC with an integrated ATI 4200 graphics chip. I use HDMI to my TV and optical audio out to my receiver. I use the Ceton tuner for television.

Will upgrading the graphics card give me a better picture out to the TV? I don't have any juddering or motion problems but I think the cable box from the provider looks better on my upstairs TV.
laakness is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 10-01-2013, 04:37 PM
Member
 
JavaJohnNV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 77
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked: 14
You didn’t mention what kind of problems you are having with the integrated 4200 graphics. Is the HTPC set to 720p and the cable box at 1080i?
The AMD HD 6450 is very popular in HTPCs. They can be found on Egghead for around $50. Available in low profile and fanless designs. Good for HD video, but not games. I myself have an older HD 5450 and it works OK.
JavaJohnNV is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 10-01-2013, 06:27 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
laakness's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: WI
Posts: 113
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 29
Sorry, I feel like picture clarity is a little "softer" than the cable box. The resolution is set at 1920x1080.

Colors also seem to not be as deep and a little more faded when compared.
laakness is offline  
post #4 of 10 Old 10-01-2013, 07:02 PM
AVS Addicted Member
 
assassin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 12,961
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 50 Post(s)
Liked: 241
Quote:
Originally Posted by laakness View Post

Sorry, I feel like picture clarity is a little "softer" than the cable box. The resolution is set at 1920x1080.

Colors also seem to not be as deep and a little more faded when compared.

Is your tv's picture setting the same on each hdmi input?


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

assassin is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 10-01-2013, 08:04 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
laakness's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: WI
Posts: 113
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 29
Yes, I even played back the same recordings through my xbox vs directly on the media center and they look better.

I think my main question is if a better graphics card will process the TV channels/recordings any differently.
laakness is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 10-02-2013, 12:20 AM
AVS Special Member
 
Dave Harper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Hawaii
Posts: 3,118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked: 18
Are both devices and inputs calibrated to the same correct levels? Chroma/saturation, gamma, luminance, black levels, sharpness, etc may be different which could be resulting in the differences you're seeing, especially chroma/saturation based on what you're describing.

Dave Harper
ISF, CTS
Harper Home Theater Systems
ISF Calibrations, Consultations
Sales & Installations
Dave Harper is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 10-02-2013, 06:25 AM - Thread Starter
Member
 
laakness's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: WI
Posts: 113
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dave Harper View Post

Are both devices and inputs calibrated to the same correct levels? Chroma/saturation, gamma, luminance, black levels, sharpness, etc may be different which could be resulting in the differences you're seeing, especially chroma/saturation based on what you're describing.

I'll have to look through the ATi control panel and see what color adjustments I can do to try and get them closer. I just wasn't sure if a better graphics card would help or if ATi vs Nvidia would be better for those type of adjustments.
laakness is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 10-02-2013, 06:43 AM
AVS Special Member
 
mdavej's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 9,874
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 384 Post(s)
Liked: 370
There is a registry edit for fixing the washed out look in WMC, but I don't remember it off the top of my head. It's the first thing I do whenever I build an HTPC.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
,
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
mdavej is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 10-02-2013, 06:56 AM - Thread Starter
Member
 
laakness's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: WI
Posts: 113
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 29
laakness is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 10-02-2013, 08:55 AM
AVS Addicted Member
 
Mfusick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Western MA
Posts: 23,061
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 170 Post(s)
Liked: 855
0-255 or 16-235 ?

Mixed matched settings can get you what you are getting.

Try another player ? Verify what you are in- possibly test with some blacker than black test shots ?

-

"Too much is almost enough. Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards."
Mfusick is offline  
Reply Home Theater Computers

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off