Originally Posted by Botero
If the card is hdcp compliant, then it should be able to pump out HD at 720p or 1080i over hdmi with no problem. I can't say i even knew they made an agp version of the 2x00 series radeons though... You also might want to investigate whether your cpu is fast enough for bluray or hd-dvd. If you go to the powerdvd system requirements page
, that processor falls below the minimum required specs.
If it turns out you need a new cpu as well, weigh out the option of finally biting the bullet and going with a more modern pci-e based setup. you can get a c2d setup or an AM2+ setup pretty cheaply.
There's a whole thread about 100+ pages, how can you NOT know if they make an AGP version of the HD2xxxx cards when I have ONE and its dual DVI, HDCP compliant????
I could say RTFF because I have, but I'll spare you both.
The AGP versions do not currently support Hardware Acceleration, which would make HD-DVD playback via Power DVD IMPOSSIBLE on a 3-4 year old single core CPU.
I should know, I have a almost 4 year old Dell 4550 which now has a Geforce 7600GS in it. Come to find out none of the PureVideo decoders but the newest HD version support HD playback on Vista systems. If I didn't have any problems installing MCE 2005 for the 2nd time, I would have HWA with the Geforce card and would have gotten my $130+ back for the Diamond card I mentioned a second ago.
Instead I have Vista and the same stuttering mess with any channel but ABC and PBS (I am guessing less bits of information is being sent over the air waves) as FOX HD is 720p but causes my system to stutter slightly.
I thought this would be SIMPLE, its NOT.
I would wait on any purchase of a ATI HD2xxx series card until people on the owners thread rejoice that 6 months after its release these cards do what it says it suppose to do ON THE BOX!