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About to build 2nd HTPC and looking for 2nd video card.


Currently I'm using a heatsink 4670 native HDMI and very happy with the BD performance and not overkill such as 4850, need to fit in more power and don't games here.


Want to try Nvidia and not familiar with their line up. Is 9600GT more or less like 4670? I don't game and just need something to send HDMI signal to Xonar HDAV and playback via TMT3.


Or should I just stick around with 4670?


Let me know. Thanks!
 

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Right now, the drivers seem to be key. The 4670's I have, ASUS and SAPH work smooth. The EG 9800GT and ASUS 9600GSO are smooth also.


All except the GSO are MB powered. Wait, that's backwards. Only the GSO is MB powered. If you currently have ATI, I'd try Nvidia just for comparison, or vice versa.


PS, That's what I'm doin'


Oh and watch out cause some cards have dvi 1 out differently than other cards.
 

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HD 4670 is between 9500 GT and 9600 GT. 9500 GT is good enough for all the video playback tasks. HD 4550 is another good card. TDP is only 20W (vs. 59W of HD 4670) and good enough for progressive BD's. But if you are picky on deinterlacing interlaced BD's, HD 4670/9500 GT is a better choice.
 

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Originally Posted by Davinleeds /forum/post/17011033


All except the GSO are MB powered. If you currently have ATI, I'd try Nvidia just for comparison, or vice versa.


PS, That's what I'm doin'

I like to try something new now and then and expand my knowledge. Since, I have 4670 Xonar TMT3 for my current HTPC; ideally I like to have Nvidia, Auzentech, Slysplayer for my 2nd HTPC

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Oh and watch out cause some cards have dvi 1 out differently than other cards.

What do you mean? Just one output, instead of dual DVI or DVDI and HDMI just one DVI?
 

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Like on 8600gts dvi 1 (primary)was the upper and on EG 9800gt primary was the lower. Depends how you look at it as case has video cards vertically for htpc case verses horizontally in tower case. That's after swapping with reboot. I had to change primary in display settings. This didn't happen with different 4670's.


But then again the ATI have hdmi which should be primary and it's obvious.
 

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Like on 8600gts dvi 1 (primary)was the upper and on EG 9800gt primary was the lower. Depends how you look at it as case has video cards vertically for htpc case verses horizontally in tower case. That's after swapping with reboot. I had to change primary in display settings. This didn't happen with different 4670's.


But then again the ATI have hdmi which should be primary and it's obvious.

IC thanks for the tips.
 

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Greetings hlkc.


The 4670 supports VC1_VLD_ModeD DXVA decoding where this feature is only available on low end Nvidia cards (the 9300/9400 and 8200/8300 IGP and older 8400).


This could be an issue if MPC internal decoder is used for VC1 DXVA decoding.


Best regards.
 

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Yup, playing (in particular interlaced) VC-1 BD's with GeForce 9500/9600 GT is a bit CPU intensive (30-70% with Pentium Dual-Core 2.5GHz, depending on the content). If you use a single-core or slower dual-core processor (I saw you used a P4), you'd better stay with a Radeon HD 4xxx.
 

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Yup, playing (in particular interlaced) VC-1 BD's with GeForce 9500/9600 GT is a bit CPU intensive (30-70% with Pentium Dual-Core 2.5GHz, depending on the content). If you use a single-core or slower dual-core processor (I saw you used a P4), you'd better stay with a Radeon HD 4xxx.

I recently upgrade to Core2Duo and thinking to try Nvidia 9600GT fanless.


I'm thinking something like this but prefer no external power required.
 

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