Originally Posted by drlava
So, a 30 out of 100 on the HQV test... does this board still make sense to get for a non-graphics card HTPC build?!
That's up to you and your usage model. With the exeception of Denoise, all HD HQV benchmarks are for deinterlacing 1080i material. If you are going to be viewing films on Blu-ray, it's largely irrelevant. If you're going to be viewing a lot of noisy 1080i encoded recordings, you may be concerned.
Based on the information I have (and you can take it with a grain of salt-- it's from Intel) WinDVD betas with advanced deinterlacing and film mode detection enabled scored a perfect score on the last two tests (35 points).
I can only draw the conclusion HD advanced deinterlacing was not enabled in the version of PowerDVD they used in their review. This isn't Extremetech's fault necessarily, but I don't personally believe it's reflective of what the chipset is capable of.
High-def Denoise may not improve in this generation (it's not in the HW), so if your criteria for success include a 100 score you should probably look elsewhere. With proper implementation in the player software, I think you can look forward to scores of 55 or more.