Originally Posted by leftheaded
oh wow, i live under a rock. will something like the ASUS P5E-VM HDMI support 7.1 LPCM & 1080p via on board HDMI?
please say "yes"
... for some reason i thought there were issues with this board & I stopped looking at G35 - thinking that this "hybrid" 8200 technology was the thing to wait for.
EDIT: actually, I just found my answer here
. coincidentally, it was your response
curious, though. do you recall why you suggest that that person wait for 8200 in that case?
If you are really interested, you might want to read the G35 thread.
I recommended waiting since the 8200/8300 boards are so close. Why not wait a month and compare how the 8200/8300 users are doing compared to the G35 users. If you were asking in November, my answer would be different since you could have enjoyed 6/8 channel LPCM over HDMI for almost six months before the competition caught up.
You do pay a premium for the G35. First, the P5E-VM HDMI is $50 more than the ECS GF8200A. Second, the lack of HA means you need a more powerful CPU. You can probably spend at least $100 less on the CPU if the integrated video has decent HA. Also, you need to get AnyDVD HD if you plan on sending HDMI through your AVR. Even with the 20% sale right now, it will cost close to $100 (of course, many people already own AnyDVD HD). Finally, I found the stock Intel cooler to be noisy, so I spent another $50 on a decent Zalman cooler. The stock cooler on a lower power CPU might be quieter, and it might be adequate. You add up all these costs, and you are paying an extra $300.
Now in your case, you already have PSU, case, 4GB of RAM, and a Q6600. Your Q6600 is more than powerful enough for the G35. Also, it will probably be July before we have the G45, and the Intel version of the 8200/8300. Assuming you don't want to buy an AMD CPU, you still might have a three month wait. Therefore, you might want to consider a G35 now.
Edit: And to answer your first question, yes, the G35 does support 7.1 LPCM & 1080p via on board HDMI. One more thing. The G35 is bad for gaming. If you want to do gaming, the 8200/8300 will be a lot better, especially if you take advantage of SLI.