Originally Posted by lstepnio
The reasons for the XFX 7950 GT
(not GTX) suggestion include:
Not as bad (hadn't looked/realized there was a GT and a GTX), but that's still a dual-GPU card right?
Seems like WAY overkill for video. Why is a 7950 GT better for video
than a 7600GT, 7800* or 7900*?
+ HDCP fully supported on both DVI ports.
+ passive cooling out of the box
+ single PCI-E slot solution
It can't be the only nVidia solution that's Passive and HDCP, surely there's a 7600GT or better out there with those same features.
+ The abilty to play most modern games at native 1080p resolutions.
I was talking specifically about video, it seems like a lot of AVS'rs are buying a 7950 with no intention of gaming.
+ The hardware acceleration isn't even comparable to my 7600GS(overclocked) with 1080i.
Note I specifically said a 7600GT
, the 7600GS isn't on par with the "bigger" cards.
I think if you're looking for quiet solution, with HDCP along with close to a promise of being able to playback HD/Blu this is the best choice out there. If you bundle in the ability of being able to play games at HD resolutions it's a no-brainer.
Yeah, if gaming's involved of course, but it seems unnecessary if you've got no intention of gaming. FWIW, I've been casually following because I'd like an HDCP card to go with my 360 HD DVD drive. But I'm not following too close, because I'd need to change motherboards (basically build a whole new HTPC) and HD DVD just isn't worth that at the moment.
edit: In my experience I've found that ffdshow is 95% as waste of time to use as your primary mpeg filter. First, You'll loose all and any hardware acceleration when using ffdshow. I concluded with trial and error over the past year or so that the Purevideo decoder results in the best overall PQ. There are few one-off circumstances where ffdshow can make poor quality souces look better but overall the crown goes to Purevideo.
I agree completely, except I'll put it this way, ffdshow can make good sources (film DVDs) look "better" with the right settings, but it's far to limited in the circumstances it can be used effectively (can't handle film and video content). The, IMO small, quality boost isn't worth the effort, plus the denoise and especially sharpness/edge enhancement in the more recent nVidia drivers get you probably 90% of what ffdshow can do anyway.