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Got an old Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS PCI-e x16 2.0 video card laying around and thinking about building a HTPC. Will it playback Blu-ray movies smoothly to a 1080p HDTV? What about 720p MKV video files?


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Since the 8600GS was normally the reccomened card for 1080i MPEG2 content if you were using a player with hardware acceleration enabled, IMHO an 8400GS would not be suffidcient for processing 1080p H264 encoded contetent if using a player program using hardware acceleration enabled.
 

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I didn't say it did not have support I said that if the support was being fully used that the card may not have enough GPU power to support the decoding depending on the resolution of the source and to output to the display(s) it is conected to at the desired output resoluiton without droppiing frames and/or stuttering if the player software is taking advantage of all of the PurVideoHD features in the card.
 

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Originally Posted by walford /forum/post/18196536


Since the 8600GS was normally the reccomened card for 1080i MPEG2 content if you were using a player with hardware acceleration enabled, IMHO an 8400GS would not be suffidcient for processing 1080p H264 encoded contetent if using a player program using hardware acceleration enabled.

I have an 8400GS and it does 1080i fine on my 1080i TV, The only issues I have are when you bring WMC's OSD on top of the video, then the card drops frames. The 8600 can handle everything perfect, even can run 2 screens at a time. Since you already have the card I'd try it.
 

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I agree with CaM's position above that that a 8400GS does not have the GPU power to concurently support the decoding, decompression, de-inerlacing, and out HD resolution output of 1080i program content while it may have not problem with 720p or 1080p/24 MPEG2 or H.264 content.
 
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