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If you were going to build a new HTPC for bd, netflix, hulu, and to play ripped dvd's would it be more important to have an hdmi out on your new mobo or on your video card? Why? Looking at new mobos and video cards.. Can't see needing it on both just wondering which is better?


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It depends entirely on what you're using it for, but for all around better performance you'll want a good midrange video card like a HD46X0 with an HDMI out. That will allow up to 8 channel PCM audio over HDMI, but if you want bitstreamed audio(direct encoded audio) from BD over HDMI you'll also have to get an Asus Xonard HDAV HDMI audio card that can take a HDMI video input and lay the encoded audio onto the video stream and output over HDMI.
 

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All I will be using for is hdmi and audio just for dts and dd5.1 for now so I should get a hdmi graphics card hd46x0 with hdmi out and not worry about having a hdmi out on the mobo. Correct?


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For DD/DTS, onboard audio codec is enough.
 

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Originally Posted by renethx /forum/post/16933459


For DD/DTS, onboard audio codec is enough.

Correct, onboard audio/video from the likes of 780G/Nv9300 would be enough, however they will tax the cpu more during encoding tasks which a dedicated GPU can handle on it's own. For most people, doing video and audio playback who do not need 8 channel audio, integrate should suffice just fine, however dedicated graphics will always perform better.
 

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Originally Posted by ArtosDracon /forum/post/16933570


Correct, onboard audio/video from the likes of 780G/Nv9300 would be enough, however they will tax the cpu more during encoding tasks which a dedicated GPU can handle on it's own. For most people, doing video and audio playback who do not need 8 channel audio, integrate should suffice just fine, however dedicated graphics will always perform better.

As for bitstreaming DD/DTS, that uses very little CPU time whether onboard S/PDIF or GPU's HDMI is used. S/PDIF vs HDMI does not matter at all (except that some people think one cable is more convenient).


Encoding? Encoding from what to what?


"dedicated GPU can handle on it's own": HD 4xxx/GeForce 9300/9400 does not have any hardware audio encoder/decoder. It's CPU/sofware encoder/decoder that does this job.
 
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