Originally Posted by MonarchX
I didn't want to start a new thread and I figured this would be a good place to ask.
Why did they decide to cut the range from 0-255 to 16-235? Wouldn't 0-255 material/content provide more precise shadows or dark grey content?
Consumer devices have always operated in 16-235 limited range. This is the HDMI specification.
They did not cut anything. Only PC levels are 0-255. Intel (and others) simply choose to follow the HDMI specification and provide 16-235 via HDMI output. They can do DVI and Display Port or VGA as 0-255 without any trouble since those are PC oriented outputs.
The only real issue is when you try (like me) to run 3 monitors and you get stuck using HDMI on your mobo. I used display port, DVI and for the 3rd I must use HDMI. That sucks. But my set up typically would suggest a video card anyways, which gets rid of the entire igpu problem with intel entirely.
Adding a GPU card is the easiest solution (IMO)
Radeon seems to support the best. It works as it should for HTPC. Almost everything just works without hacking.