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7900gt vs $100 or less HDMI video card w/ audio

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March 14, 2011 11:30:26 AM

Hello,
Should I invest in a fairly cheap HDMI with audio graphics card or use my 7900gt for connecting my computer to a 32'' 1080p lcd tv
March 14, 2011 11:37:41 AM

If it works, it works. Why pay to buy anything more?
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March 14, 2011 11:39:48 AM

i'm looking for quality, would the 7900gt look as good as an hdmi card. its not for gaming, just for videos
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March 14, 2011 11:41:17 AM

What do you intend to play and is audio over HDMI an issue?
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March 14, 2011 11:43:22 AM

I'm just looking for the best picture quality on HD videos. If I were to watch blu ray I want to see the best picture possible. I dont care about games.
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March 14, 2011 11:46:51 AM

Haha, I meant play as in playing a video :p .

Well definitely you'd see an improvement with the newer sub $100 cards. They can handle audio and video decoding better (hardware accelerated). However, most video purists prefer to use CPU rather GPU because it produces a marginally better picture. For me, the difference is entirely rubbish, I live with DVDs and could never justify the higher price of Blu-Ray.
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March 14, 2011 11:48:58 AM

i havent bought any parts for years, what would be a good card to get for what i want?
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March 14, 2011 11:50:38 AM

For sub $100 and 100% concerned about quality I'd go buy a GT430 for the 3d support.

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The GT 430 is not as bad a HTPC card as the HQV benchmarks might lead one to believe. It is the first sub-$100 component to enable HDMI 1.4a and playback of all 3D formats. In addition, users can also expect 3DTV Play to enable them to play 3D games on a TV when NVIDIA releases that software package in the future. However, the suitability of the GT 430 for gaming purposes is covered elsewhere in this piece. From a HTPC perspective, it enables cutting-edge technology without any sort of price premium.

For a consumer interested in the 3D ecosystem, the GT 430 is definitely a better option than the similarly priced HD 5570. The GT 430 also brings the latest and greatest of VP4 to the table. This includes full MVC decode acceleration enabling hassle free playback of 3D Blu-Rays. The GPU also scored a perfect 100% in our media streamer test suite, and had no issues with bitstreaming HD audio of any kind. Flash acceleration works very well and sites such as YouTube and Hulu benefit handsomely. Silverlight also utilizes GPU acceleration. Netflix is able to take advantage of the same.


http://www.anandtech.com/show/3973/nvidias-geforce-gt-4...

Pure 2d quality wise I'd go with the cheapest ATi card you can buy under $100.

(assuming your HTPC can thermally handle the card.)
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March 14, 2011 11:55:02 AM

i'm not held to $100. i dont need to use the card to play games so i expected the card to be less than 100, but if i need to spend more so i dont buy crap, i will
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March 14, 2011 11:59:27 AM

See, you don't need much money to buy a card that can decode HD video well, it's just with more powerful cards you have more shader processors which lets you put more filters and whatnot onto your video.

More powerful cards will net you a little gain, but not much. Features tend to be more important that raw shader power. I'll be honest, all of these cards are enough to play Blu-Ray. There's only so much shader power you can need.

It's like getting a hex-core for Office. Sure it might be that little tiny bit faster, but is it more worth it over a dual-core CPU? Nope.
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March 14, 2011 12:06:51 PM

Thanks for the help. I'm not getting cable next year so I want to get HD quality videos from my computer to my TV.
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March 14, 2011 12:11:09 PM

Personally, I think HD is a waste of bandwidth and time, but that's just me. I live with free TV and DVDs (I'm an artist therefore poor, see? :p )

HD is nice, my friend had blu-ray, but it becomes meh after a while. The more you improve something, eventually the gain will be less.
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March 14, 2011 12:25:44 PM

It may be, I've had past experiences where i hooked up my computer to the tv and the quality was not acceptable. As long as it is clear and not pixelated I cannot complain.
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March 14, 2011 12:30:31 PM

I mean like I watch all my stuff on my 23" 1080p monitor. That's enough for me. But, see, the bigger the screen, the bigger the pixels so it would be more noticeable than on my 23" monitor.

On a side note, your 7900GT should be able at least to output 1080p.
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March 14, 2011 12:45:23 PM

yea, im going to try a dvi to hdmi cable first on my 7900gt to see how the quality is
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