Originally Posted by ufd108
...My problem is that my HDTV, an 8+ year old model, pre-dates HDMI, so I need the component video output. And no, a new TV is not an option (son just started college; I'll be poor for years to come...).
So I have two questions for this group. First, if I want to stay away from the DIVA board, does anyone know of a good video card that can decode BR and still has component video out? Then I could use any number of Asus or Gigabyte motherboards.
Second question is if I do go with the DIVA what are people's opinions of the 5.1 vs. the 7.1? I have an AV receiver so I could use the 7.1, and I suspect most of the failures I've read about on this forum are with the 5.1 and are possibly thermally related. Has anyone had a board die with the 7.1 pre-amp card?
Ultimately I would love to get rid of the receiver if this platform worked up to par but if the 7.1 is more reliable then I would gladly keep the receiver.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
The component outs on the Diva provide only good quality outputs at 720p and above so you have to check the specs of your TV. This is also important for the HDFury2 solution mentioned below.
Most display cards can support component the problem is getting the appropriate adapter. Instead to use HDMI with integrated graphics you could use this
. It presumably gets around the issue of resolution degradation on digital non-HDCP compliant digitally connected displays.
My experience has primarily been with the 7.1 boards at one year and another at three months. They have not failed, but they have been the early version of the board (BIOS 1.10, tall capacitors, high brackets and yellow RCA sub connector). I have only limited experience with the 5.1 amps and later versions of the 7.1 board. So I really can't comment on those. At some point, when I have time, I hope to test my new board; either in a new system or in one of my two existing systems. I purchased it for an additional pre-amp because the cards are no longer readily available separately.
Now that I trouble shot my boards and don't need to RMA a thing, I feel more confident about the platform.