OK, so has anyone tried this setup? Will HDMI audio still work over the HDMI cable? I've tried with a 8500GT but had terrible screen tearing (never really got Hybrid SLI to work)...don't mind spending some sweat equity/fiddling around with hardware trying to get better quality video, but I MUST still get LPCM over HDMI (I use Onkyo 606 hooked up to a Samsung LN-S4695D).
BTW, I bought and installed a Powercolor 4830 into my HTPC...just to compare/contrast with my M3N78 Pro GeForce 8300...here's my basic feedback:
- The card is cheap, quiet and fast! (I paid $80 shipped from the egg...after rebate)
- The sound quality blows away the 8300 - you have options for 5.1 (what I have) and 7.1...ZERO issues in installing drivers. I simply could not believe how much better the sound was...and literally ZERO issues. I use Multichannel and to get comparable to 8300 sound stage and volume, I turned my sound down from 52 to 30
... and even at 30 the ATI 4830 had much better sound stage for both music and movies.
- Now the bad...the video quality of the 4830 stinks! in comparison to the 8300...it makes zero sense why it would, but it does. I suspect I know why...the Nvidia scaling is perfect when I set my TV to "Just Scan"...crisp, clear! The ATI card boots up with underscaning, when I set under/over scan to zero, and my TV to just scan, the picture is just simply not as sharp...with identical TV settings the SD content just plain stinks (e.g. playing DVD's); the Blu Ray content is about as good as 8300's SD content.
I am not bias toward one solution or another...I'm only married to best video/audio quality
... so I'm going back to Nvidia ... and want to see if I can pop in a 9800 GTX+ (I have one...my son's PC...he's looking for an upgrade)...and get better quality video but still retain 7.1 LPCM audio over HDMI.