I'm buying an HTPC and can choose either option, though the GeForce adds some to the price...we're mainly going to use this for HT (TV, movies, blu-ray, music) but probably also some gaming (though I'm not a hardcore MMO gamer or anything)
Which would you choose and why based on performance, lack of issues/headaches, price?
x4500HD was fixed so it does a decent job on BR movies. But still, you are way better off with the 9600GT if you want to game at all. Intel and gaming don't mix.
Still, with the 9600GT you'll lose the ability to push HD audio through the HDMI port. What's your budget? If you went the ATI route, you'd get good 3D performance and still have HD audio through HDMI (if that's important to you).
The Nvidia discrete cards that do HD audio over HDMI are shpping, but so far are OEM only. So for now, ATI is the only way to go.
you pretty much confirmed my suspicions, I've always been wary of Intel for vid cards but the guy talked this one up as their top of the line offering so I thought I'd see what was what...my past experience with Intel cards has been trouble with drivers, flaky playback, etc so I definitely want none of that.
HDMI for the audio IS key for me, I have enough damn cables as it is, no need to add to the problem. I'm gonna see if my guy can hook me up with either an ATI card or an OEM version of the new NVIDIA offerings
you can get a really capable ati card that will do hdmi audio for way less than $100 bucks, thats what i plan to get when i upgrade, of course those new low profile nvidia cards are coming out that are supposed to be great for hd playback and gaming but they arent retail yet, you can only get them in new systems at first.
OK I've been doing some reading and I'm trying to make sure I've got this right.
So from what I understand the GeForce 9800 GT will output 7.1 audio over HDMI but since the audio is passed thru to it via SPDIF (connected to the motherboard) you wont get HD audio formats like TrueHD, etc. because SPDIF can't handle them.
Is that accurate?
And is it also true that ATI has a card that CAN handle the HD audio formats correctly? If so what card would this be?
UPDATE: so I was initially excited reading this thread http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1029603 since it seemed to suggest a solution to my problems, but after learning that the $*@#(ing thing downconverts the audio signal I'm ready to pull my hair out! Also read all about the XONAR which has its own host of issues. Is there no way around this? Why do they have to make this so freaking complicated? Do you guys see a solution coming from ATI or NVidia anytime in the near future or should I just suck it up and deal with the down-conversion?
thanks alot for the help guys, this stuff is so convoluted sometimes
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