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Minimum ATI onboard video chipset for HTPC blu ray playback

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August 21, 2009 4:54:14 AM

Hey, I'm looking at building an HTPC system on the cheap soon and was wondering what is the minimum ATI chipset/onboard video needed for hardware accelerated Blu Ray playback and 1080p output through HDMI. Onboard video is the preferred choice as I am planning on using a slimline case and 90% of the add-on video cards will not fit in the case. I am planning on using an AMD dual core CPU due to keeping costs down and the ability to use DDR2 memory and an AM3 chipset. NVIDIA chipsets are not an option due to the issues I had with their defective videocard in my $2500 laptop and have permanently sword off anything NVIDIA at this point. 3D gaming is not a concern whatsoever as I have a dedicated desktop for that.

The chipsets I was looking at on newegg are as follows:
AMD 740G with an ATI 2100 onboard
AMD 760G with an ATI 3000 onboard
AMD 780G with an ATI 3200 onboard
AMD 785G with an ATI 4200 onboard
AMD 790GX with an ATI 3300 onboard

The lower 2 boards are around the $50 range from what I've found. The last 3 start at around $70 on up. Again, price is a big factor as overkill is not needed due to the specific task given for the computer. Re-encoding is not an issue either as I have faster machines in the house to do the job for me.

I know that the 780G on up will handle Blu-Ray without a problem, but I am not sure about the 740G and 760G chipsets. I am planning on using Windows 7 once it is released along with 4gig of memory, so that may also be another concern in regards to compatability with the chipsets along with audio over HDMI and 7.1 surround sound.

thank you in advance


a b B Homebuilt system
August 21, 2009 5:18:22 AM

The 760G would be the min, which is just a downclocked version of the 780G. The 740G may have trouble with Blu Ray at higher resolutions. I say just go with the 780G though.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 21, 2009 1:44:17 PM

If you actually want a low-profile graphics card with no fan (less noise) and good processing power, look at cards based on the ATI HD 4350 chips. We just bought one from XFX who have several. Ours has an S-video out and no HDMI, but they have HDMI available either as an on-board connector or via an adapter plugged into the DVI connector. The card is low-profile but arrives with a full-size end mounting plate, plus a low-profile plate you use to convert it - takes 5 minutes tops. The only wrinkle is that the conversion means there's no place on the new smaller plate for the VGA outlet, and no second plate to mount it. So you just don't use VGA, or you make your own plate, or you buy an adapter plate set from XFX to re-mount the VGA connector.

Many other card makers also have HD 4350-based cards with various features, so read the spec's carefully to ensure you get the features and outputs you need. Here's one example listing that includes HD 4350 cards with HDMI outputs, either by direct connectors or via adapters on the DVI port.

http://search.zipzoomfly.com/search.aspx?Key=hd%204350

Here's an example of the adapter that converts a DVI OUt to an HDMI Out connector

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Just found a highly relevant post about this issue of using an adapter to get HDMI from an AVI portn- works with ATI cards if done right, but not always with other cards. Details:

http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.aspx?catid=31&t...
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 22, 2009 6:55:48 AM

AVS forums has peeps on HD3200 IGP (780G) for HTPC use The 760G is on Radeon 3000 and IIRC it has no Unified Video Decoder so not advisable for Blu Ray
Quote:
AMD 760G just like 780G supports AM2/AM2+ CPU, 4 DDR2 slots, integrated HD 3000 (GPU=350MHz). The difference is that it does not support Hybrid CrossFire´╝îUVD support for bluray and high definition decoding. DIsplay output will also be limited to only DVI and no HDMI or DisplayPort support.

http://forums.ocworkbench.com/showthread.php?t=81840
In fact as a systems builder on the side i do up mATX/SFF gamers with 760G and use the savings to pump into at least a discrete like HD 4670 hehe
October 23, 2011 4:20:48 AM

bloodroses75 said:
Hey, I'm looking at building an HTPC system on the cheap soon and was wondering what is the minimum ATI chipset/onboard video needed for hardware accelerated Blu Ray playback and 1080p output through HDMI. Onboard video is the preferred choice as I am planning on using a slimline case and 90% of the add-on video cards will not fit in the case. I am planning on using an AMD dual core CPU due to keeping costs down and the ability to use DDR2 memory and an AM3 chipset. NVIDIA chipsets are not an option due to the issues I had with their defective videocard in my $2500 laptop and have permanently sword off anything NVIDIA at this point. 3D gaming is not a concern whatsoever as I have a dedicated desktop for that.

The chipsets I was looking at on newegg are as follows:
AMD 740G with an ATI 2100 onboard
AMD 760G with an ATI 3000 onboard
AMD 780G with an ATI 3200 onboard
AMD 785G with an ATI 4200 onboard
AMD 790GX with an ATI 3300 onboard

The lower 2 boards are around the $50 range from what I've found. The last 3 start at around $70 on up. Again, price is a big factor as overkill is not needed due to the specific task given for the computer. Re-encoding is not an issue either as I have faster machines in the house to do the job for me.

I know that the 780G on up will handle Blu-Ray without a problem, but I am not sure about the 740G and 760G chipsets. I am planning on using Windows 7 once it is released along with 4gig of memory, so that may also be another concern in regards to compatability with the chipsets along with audio over HDMI and 7.1 surround sound.

thank you in advance


I take it your nvidea laptop was an alienware (Dell)? if so that is probably why it died? Dell use cheap inadequate cooling systems! my gtx460 mobile in my asus g73jw is great and i have no problems with it in the last year since i bought it! and it was only $1500! i don't really use blurays? and have never been impressed with the video quality of the? but i too want to build a htpc! mostly to add a tv tuner card to capture video from the satellite. i have an ecs with the geforce 7050 chipset and i am wonering if it will adequate for that?
October 23, 2011 4:21:05 AM

bloodroses75 said:
Hey, I'm looking at building an HTPC system on the cheap soon and was wondering what is the minimum ATI chipset/onboard video needed for hardware accelerated Blu Ray playback and 1080p output through HDMI. Onboard video is the preferred choice as I am planning on using a slimline case and 90% of the add-on video cards will not fit in the case. I am planning on using an AMD dual core CPU due to keeping costs down and the ability to use DDR2 memory and an AM3 chipset. NVIDIA chipsets are not an option due to the issues I had with their defective videocard in my $2500 laptop and have permanently sword off anything NVIDIA at this point. 3D gaming is not a concern whatsoever as I have a dedicated desktop for that.

The chipsets I was looking at on newegg are as follows:
AMD 740G with an ATI 2100 onboard
AMD 760G with an ATI 3000 onboard
AMD 780G with an ATI 3200 onboard
AMD 785G with an ATI 4200 onboard
AMD 790GX with an ATI 3300 onboard

The lower 2 boards are around the $50 range from what I've found. The last 3 start at around $70 on up. Again, price is a big factor as overkill is not needed due to the specific task given for the computer. Re-encoding is not an issue either as I have faster machines in the house to do the job for me.

I know that the 780G on up will handle Blu-Ray without a problem, but I am not sure about the 740G and 760G chipsets. I am planning on using Windows 7 once it is released along with 4gig of memory, so that may also be another concern in regards to compatability with the chipsets along with audio over HDMI and 7.1 surround sound.

thank you in advance


I take it your nvidea laptop was an alienware (Dell)? if so that is probably why it died? Dell use cheap inadequate cooling systems! my gtx460 mobile in my asus g73jw is great and i have no problems with it in the last year since i bought it! and it was only $1500! i don't really use blurays? and have never been impressed with the video quality of the? but i too want to build a htpc! mostly to add a tv tuner card to capture video from the satellite. i have an ecs with the geforce 7050 chipset and i am wonering if it will adequate for that?
October 23, 2011 4:22:35 AM

bloodroses75 said:
Hey, I'm looking at building an HTPC system on the cheap soon and was wondering what is the minimum ATI chipset/onboard video needed for hardware accelerated Blu Ray playback and 1080p output through HDMI. Onboard video is the preferred choice as I am planning on using a slimline case and 90% of the add-on video cards will not fit in the case. I am planning on using an AMD dual core CPU due to keeping costs down and the ability to use DDR2 memory and an AM3 chipset. NVIDIA chipsets are not an option due to the issues I had with their defective videocard in my $2500 laptop and have permanently sword off anything NVIDIA at this point. 3D gaming is not a concern whatsoever as I have a dedicated desktop for that.

The chipsets I was looking at on newegg are as follows:
AMD 740G with an ATI 2100 onboard
AMD 760G with an ATI 3000 onboard
AMD 780G with an ATI 3200 onboard
AMD 785G with an ATI 4200 onboard
AMD 790GX with an ATI 3300 onboard

The lower 2 boards are around the $50 range from what I've found. The last 3 start at around $70 on up. Again, price is a big factor as overkill is not needed due to the specific task given for the computer. Re-encoding is not an issue either as I have faster machines in the house to do the job for me.

I know that the 780G on up will handle Blu-Ray without a problem, but I am not sure about the 740G and 760G chipsets. I am planning on using Windows 7 once it is released along with 4gig of memory, so that may also be another concern in regards to compatability with the chipsets along with audio over HDMI and 7.1 surround sound.

thank you in advance


I take it your nvidea laptop was an alienware (Dell)? if so that is probably why it died? Dell use cheap inadequate cooling systems! my gtx460 mobile in my asus g73jw is great and i have no problems with it in the last year since i bought it! and it was only $1500! i don't really use blurays? and have never been impressed with the video quality of the? but i too want to build a htpc! mostly to add a tv tuner card to capture video from the satellite. i have an ecs with the geforce 7050 chipset and i am wonering if it will adequate for that?
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