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AMD HD 7750 going in your HTPC?

post #1 of 62
Thread Starter 
So they are out. The gamers don't like the price/performance, but at 50 watt if they get the drivers all worked out I'm thinking a great card for my next build - since it will let me game on the 1080 projector at reasonable settings. What do you think?

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5541/a...ition-review/6
post #2 of 62
Not if it has a fan. That's a deal breaker for me.
post #3 of 62
soon to be mine
post #4 of 62
depends, has anyone found lav/madvr combo too great to give up?
post #5 of 62
why would you give up lav/madVR? This card should perform as good or better with those.

I myself was going to get a 7770 to get better gaming performance over my fanless 5770 (aftermarket cooler Accelero S1), but everyone is right, it's too expensive right now. I'm debating whether to get a 7750 without a performance gain, but massive efficiency gain. It also helps that I bricked my 5770 so now I'm using my trusty old 4670.
post #6 of 62
I will be doing more tests on the 7750 (mainly LAV Video Decoder in DXVA2 Copy-Back Mode + madVR) over the next two weeks or so.

There is a passive model coming up from Sapphire, the Sapphire 7750 Ultimate.

For current usage scenarios, my main concern is the chroma upsampling bug. This is what Hendrik (LAV Filters author) had to say to me in an e-mail exchange:

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If you run EVR, it'll use the GPU to upsample chroma, which is dependent on what the driver does. Its been broken before with AMD, and it'll be broken again i'm sure. I wouldn't trust my HTPC with a ATI card for long, their performance is too much driver dependent.

If i had to run ATI with EVR, i would use LAV Video to output RGB, which works around the issue (but has other drawbacks like no renderer deinterlacing)

AMD has excellent hardware, but really frustrating drivers. I am trying to get AMD to address this, but I am not sure whether HTPC performance is really their priority.
post #7 of 62
i would if it ends up crossfire comp. with amd trinity...

right now thats where i want my money to go, is the new APU that can play games by itself
post #8 of 62
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Originally Posted by jakmal View Post

For current usage scenarios, my main concern is the chroma upsampling bug.

You can try JanWillem32's EVR CP mods with HQ chroma sub-sampling and DXVA support.
post #9 of 62
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Originally Posted by Qaq View Post

You can try JanWillem32's EVR CP mods with HQ chroma sub-sampling and DXVA support.

I inquired in the Doom9 thread, and it is also dependent on the GPU driver for the chroma upscaling functionality.
post #10 of 62
OK, maybe I just got something wrong here.
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Originally Posted by JanWillem32 View Post

When the RGB 4:4:4 full range output of the renderer is left unprocessed by the display device (no digital processing, only digital-to-analog conversion for the panel), any form of chroma up-sampling in the renderer should give a better picture over nearest neighbor (especially if full picture resizing or aspect ratio correction is used by the renderer).
post #11 of 62
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Originally Posted by Qaq View Post

OK, maybe I just got something wrong here.

Hmm.. Hendrik also suggested something similar that I have quoted above:

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If i had to run ATI with EVR, i would use LAV Video to output RGB, which works around the issue

But, this means hardware deinterlacing is not available.. Can we get HW deinterlacing with JanWillem32's mods when output is RGB ?
post #12 of 62
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Originally Posted by jakmal View Post

But, this means hardware deinterlacing is not available.. Can we get HW deinterlacing with JanWillem32's mods when output is RGB ?

Nope. As far as I know for ATI cards DXVA (decode and de-interlace) only possible with NV12 from the decoder. Jan made set of shaders to correct the chroma (after DXVA) and integrated them in the rendederers (EVR CP, VMR9r) later. See the pic.
LL
post #13 of 62
Thread Starter 
It looks like the silent version is now in the wild: Sapphire HD7750 Ultimate Edition
KitGuru has a review. Fastest silent graphics card ever?

I'm eagerly watching AnandTech daily for Ganesh's updates on the HTPC use of the 7xx0 cards, hoping new fully-supportive drivers are available soon. I have to give a thumbs-up to AnandTech for covering HTPC use in its reviews of graphics cards. Some of us want to game and watch media on the same machine.
post #14 of 62
I just picked up the Sapphire 7770 from TigerDirect.com for around 120 after coupons and rebates fyi...it's not much more now than the 7750 and significantly more powerful.
post #15 of 62
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Originally Posted by lespurgeon View Post

It looks like the silent version is now in the wild: Sapphire HD7750 Ultimate Edition
KitGuru has a review. Fastest silent graphics card ever?

I'm eagerly watching AnandTech daily for Ganesh's updates on the HTPC use of the 7xx0 cards, hoping new fully-supportive drivers are available soon. I have to give a thumbs-up to AnandTech for covering HTPC use in its reviews of graphics cards. Some of us want to game and watch media on the same machine.

Thanks for trusting AnandTech Ryan, our GPU editor, covers the gaming aspects, and I pitch in whenever a GPU appears suitable for HTPCs (we didn't do any HTPC testing for the 79xx and 78xx, and not much will be done for the upcoming NVIDIA cards if they are not in the sub-75 W TDP category).

We will be reviewing the Sapphire 7750 Ultimate Edition (same model that KitGuru reviewed) around the end of the month, and I will make it a point to post here once the review is done.

One of the first things I checked out in the KitGuru review was the HQV score, and I am still suspicious as to how they don't seem to be seeing any Chroma Upsampling Error (the other scoring discrepancies are acceptable since they are quite subjective). Unless the latest drivers have somehow magically resolved the problem...
post #16 of 62
I'm interested in setting up the DDM Audio
post #17 of 62
From reading this thread, it appears that lav/madvr now support ATI cards? I thought they only supported nvidia, hence I bought a GT440 a little while back. Heck, never even set it up
post #18 of 62
My Gigabyte is scheduled for delivery Friday. Finally upgrading my 8500GT.

BT
post #19 of 62
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Originally Posted by stm69 View Post

From reading this thread, it appears that lav/madvr now support ATI cards? I thought they only supported nvidia, hence I bought a GT440 a little while back. Heck, never even set it up

That's funny. I started using madVR (day one) on a HD2600XT, then a 4770, then a 5670, then a 5450, then a 5770, and now currently, a Llano 6320 and a fanless 6570 (Powercolor). LAVFilters came around sometime in there, can't remember, but then that really just made things more stable because Nev has done such a great job (and, of course, madshi too).

I see a fanless 7750 in my near future...
post #20 of 62
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Originally Posted by Davinleeds View Post

I'm interested in setting up the DDM Audio

"Discrete Digital Multi-Point (DDM) Audio: DDM Audio provides multiple independent audio streams for audio-capable displays via DisplayPort or HDMI signals. DDM Audio delivers unique experiences in cases where multi-display video conferencing, directional audio or multi-room entertainment hubs are being used."

I am interested in the "multi-room entertainment hubs" part and what that means.
post #21 of 62
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Originally Posted by StardogChampion View Post

"Discrete Digital Multi-Point (DDM) Audio: DDM Audio provides multiple independent audio streams for audio-capable displays via DisplayPort or HDMI signals. DDM Audio delivers unique experiences in cases where multi-display video conferencing, directional audio or multi-room entertainment hubs are being used."

I am interested in the "multi-room entertainment hubs" part and what that means.

I think its the two-independent video/audio streams over HDMI and DVI option that NVidia and Intel have as well. Its a very nice option to have in HTPC.
post #22 of 62
It might be more or not. It's subbed under Eyefinity which I feel may restrict what "I" want.
post #23 of 62
Be careful that Sapphire HD7750 Ultimate Edition may not fit many microATX cases because of the tall heatsink (~20mm). Please somebody report back if it fits a typical microATX case such as GD05.


LL
post #24 of 62


Definately an upgrade over the ol' 4650. I have...like 1000 more options under Catalyst now. And it's way quieter oddly. Upgrades FTW!!!
post #25 of 62
Because HD 4650 DDR2 is close to a junk. HD4650: few deinterlacing options/fan control
post #26 of 62
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Originally Posted by renethx View Post

Be careful that Sapphire HD7750 Ultimate Edition may not fit many microATX cases because of the tall heatsink (~20mm). Please somebody report back if it fits a typical microATX case such as GD05.


It will fit. I just fit the ASUS GT430 fanless (4.4" tall) in my HTPC rebuild with the GD05...



The Sapphire HD7750 is 4.13".
post #27 of 62
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

It will fit. I just fit the ASUS GT430 fanless (4.4" = 112mm tall) in my HTPC rebuild with the GD05...

The Sapphire HD7750 is 4.13" = 105mm.

I assume you don't actually own the Sapphire HD 7750 Ultimate Edition, reasoned based only on the date the manufacturer provides, hence you got a wrong conclusion.

- The height of PCB, including PCI Express pins, of a normal full-height graphics card is 112mm = 4.4" (standardized).
- The height of PCB, excluding PCI Express pins, of a normal full-height graphics card is 105mm = 4.13" (standardized).

ASUS fanless card is so cleverly designed that it fits *every* full-height case (because the height of the heatsink is the same as a normal full height card).

The height of the Sapphire card the manufacturer provides (105mm = 4.13") is just the width of the PCB without PCI Express pins, so it tells nothing about the heatsink.
post #28 of 62
Just going off Sapphire's own website:

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Dimension 170(L)x105(W)x43(H) mm Size.

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presenta...n=&lid=1&leg=0
post #29 of 62
Read my post carefully (and grab a normal full-height card and measure the PCB width if necessary).
post #30 of 62
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Originally Posted by renethx View Post

Read my post carefully (and grab a normal full-height card and measure the PCB width if necessary).

I saw your post. Just reporting the information that is available. Not any more details available.
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