I'm building a HTPC and am going to use the on board graphic and audio to go to my TV. I see a lot of motherboards on newegg.com that have HDMI outputs, but it is hard to tell if they will support audio. Is there a way to find this out easily (say by manufacturer or by something in their name)?
Is there a way to tell if they just output stereo or higher say 5.1?
If anything it should be in the motherboard's manual. Just go to the manufacturers website (ie. support.asus.com) and look for the manual (after specifiying the correct board you're looking for) and download it.
Well I tried to go to gigibyte and looked at one of their motherbord manuals, but there wasn't anything about the HDMI and audio over it. I sent them an e-mail throught their tech support page, but I never have a good feeling about those things. I'll try other makers.
Yeah, it should, but most of the boards also have sPDIF as well as multi channel outputs. I would hate to get a board only to find out that I need to pipe the sPDIF up to my TV. My TV only can use composit or component video and sPDIF or HDMI but not HDMI and sPDIF. I guess the manufacture figured that if you have an HDMI cable that it will be providing the audio.