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This is a simple survey, not a debate or mine-is-better discussion.


Please note:


make

model

resolution ... what you run to your TV

decoding usage ... MPEG2, VC-1, H.264, etc

temps ... during full screen video playback

sound level ... how loud is it during usage

software apps you are using it with ... front-end & video playback

quirks ... what have found during usage


I'm hoping this helps people find info in a single thread, at least as a starting point to their research.
 

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I think you should add another option - Onboard Video (unless that's what you meant by "others").
That's what I use on my HTPCs.
 

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EVGA 9800GX2 SSC...but I am debating trading that in gor a GTX280 in their trade up program.


The only things holding me back right now is the slight performance edge and HDMI port on it...however the GTX280 performance will go up as the drivers mature and I can always use a DVI-HDMI adapter.
 

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9600GT's for 2 main HTPCs

8600GTS's for other 2 HTPCs

7600GT's for other general purpose and HTPC uses.

GTX280's and 8800GTX's SLI for 2 gaming systems


Mix of cheap/old ATI and NVidia cards in 3 servers.


and... an old dependable ATI 9700pro for the e-mail and internet system...



So mostly NVidia for all current needs and builds.


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CPU: AMD 64 X2 4800 (S939), 4200 (S939), INTEL E6600, E6700, E6400 (OC 3.2), Two Q6600 (OC 3.2-3.6)

Rez: are 1920x1080 and 1280x720 for HTPC's and 2560x1600 and 1920x1200 for gaming systems.

OS: Win XP pro SP3

use: for all SD and HDM disc and HDD playback and gaming

Temps: on HTPC ranges from 35c Idle to 47 loaded on CPU. Gaming systems 35c Idle to 60c max loaded with OC'd CPU. Vid card temps varies depending on model.

Noise: HT systems not noticable at 6-9 feet for HTPCs and when movie is playing. Not totally silent but not loud either. Gaming systems...def not silent.

SW: Anydvd HD, PDVD 7.3 Ultra, Xlobby 2 (free edition) for HDM.... and for SD DVD xLobby 2, zoomplayer with Nvidia Purevideo and FFDShow.
 

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make: ATI


model: Sapphire ATI HD2600XT Ultime PCI express


resolution ... what you run to your TV: 1360 X 768 through VGA


decoding usage: HD DVD, Blue Ray, SD DVD


temps: never had a problem so did not check



sound level: 0db because it is passive cooling


software apps you are using it with: Vista Media Center 32bit + Cyberlink Power DVD 8 with latest patch.


quirks: Very happy so far. Used various registry tweaks that I found on the thread regarding this cards in the forum
 

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CPU: Intel C2 E6750

model: ATI HD2400XT silent

resolution ... 1920x1080

decoding usage: Haali Media Splitter, FFDShow & AC3Filter

temps ... 35ish

Case: Zalman HD160 (2 x 80mm fans, running on 5 or 7v. CPU-fan: Zalman CNPS9500A with intel speedstep (?? or something like that)

sound level ... not audible. No need for 0 Db since I live in the city and the sound level is never below 20Db anyway...)

Remote: The one that came with the Zalman-case, and control everything with that)

software apps: Meedio with MPC as def. video player (I loooove it)

quirks ... None
 

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Originally Posted by jbal /forum/post/14308109


Onboard just doesn't offer the same experience. Especially if you are playing any Hi-Def content.

ohh......let's not go there. For "media" playback only, including "hi-def" (HD TV/HD DVD/BD), there's several onboard solutions that get the job done just right. Of course if you are gaming, onboard will never suffice, but media playback.....
 

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Originally Posted by kapone /forum/post/14308822


ohh......let's not go there. For "media" playback only, including "hi-def" (HD TV/HD DVD/BD), there's several onboard solutions that get the job done just right. Of course if you are gaming, onboard will never suffice, but media playback.....

Beat me to it.


Using On board ATI for one system(TV AMD64 4600+ x2 (65w) x1250) @1080I Media Portal for ease of use for wife.

8600GTS OC Intel 2.2 [email protected] Vista (PC) using CCCP (works well for me!) on PJ my other system I use for movies(Zoomplayer) and gaming.


Both use HDMI.


HTPC is hooked to my TV via a 7.1 Reciever so no issues with sound

PC has 2 opens Gamepod and 5.1 speakers.


No issues so far with any playback, sound, etc plays .MKV,H2264,AVI, DVIX etc on both systems.


PS I have found using both ATI and Nvidia I do prefer using Nvidia's Resize HD Desktop option more.
 

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another note, you put in the chip core name in the poll, but some people only know their model name.


R500/520 - X1300, X1350, X1600, X1650, X1800, X1900, X1950

R600 - HD 2400, HD 3400, HD 2600, HD 3600, HD 2900, HD 3800

R700/710/730/740 - HD 4850, HD 4870



Back to topic:

make: Radeon

model: x1950Pro

resolution: 1366x768

decoding usage: all

temps: dont know, overdrive doesnt show up, and ati tool doesnt show either

sound level: very low, Zalman cooler installed

software apps you are using it with: VMC, Zoomplayer

quirks: 1920x1080i doesnt look that good. It may be the TV as it downscales to 1366x768.
 

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CPU: Intel E8400

model: Powercolor HD3650 fanless

resolution ... 1920x1080

decoding usage: MPEG-2, H.264, etc. HD + SD movies/tv shows

temps ... 40ish under load, low 30's idle

Case: Antec NSK2400

sound level ... zero, it's fanless

Remote: Gyration MCE remote. Basically a wii controller for the mouse + MCE remote

software apps: VMC

quirks ... Sometimes coming out of sleep I will get an unsopported resolution. I have to put it back to sleep and wake it back up, and it will come out in 1440x900. Annoying, but rare with an easy fix.
 

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Originally Posted by jbal /forum/post/14308109


Onboard just doesn't offer the same experience. Especially if you are playing any Hi-Def content.

Um... not quite true. Nvidia 8200/8300 and ATI 3200/3300 series motherboards...
 

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Need to update the poll. Was running an Nvidia 8800GTS but now successfullly using an EVGA GTX260 so chose "Nvidia other". My other machine is running a Diamond ATI HD3450.


PC 1


make: EVGA

model: GTX260

resolution: 1920x1440 (that's right a CRT monitor -- puts the LCDs to shame (IMHO))

decoding usage: MPEG2, VC-1, H.264

temps: 6500K of course
I have no idea what the GPU temperature is doesn't seem too hot.

sound level: quiet but I have some sound dampening within the case

software apps you are using it with: Power DVD 7.3 / Media Player

quirks: None using WHQL drivers


PC 2


make: Diamond

model: HD3450

resolution: 1920x1440 (see quirks)

decoding usage: MPEG2, VC-1, H.264

temps: 6500K -- again, the card feels ok

sound level: pretty quiet, this case case hasn't been dampened yet

software apps you are using it with: Power DVD 7.3/Media Center

quirks: I was having some flashing/buffer issues play HD-type discs with the latest ATI drivers and XP. When I changed to Vista and used 3450 drivers from Asus the problem went away.
 
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