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Best Graphics Card For HD Movie Picture Quality?

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August 8, 2011 12:56:52 AM

I use my pc for my home cinema but i'm pretty certain the quality of the same 1080p movies ive watched looks better coming out of my PS3 in comparison. Is there a difference? if so which graphics card can give the best picture quality out of my pc? Thanks
August 8, 2011 1:41:05 AM

Well any vga card with 256 MB of RAM should be able to do the same as the PS3 or even better, But if you have problems with the quality you might want to try a different movie player or settings or update your VGA's driver.
a c 358 U Graphics card
August 8, 2011 4:24:47 AM

Current generation AMD and nVidia video cards have not been reviewed for video playback quality to the best of my knowledge. However, based on a review of prior generation video cards (Radeon HD 5xxx, and GeForce GT2xx), AMD cards have produced better results based on the following review:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/htpc-...

Generally, speaking do not choose the lowest Radeon HD video card in a series since they lack some video algorithms that slightly better cards have. I believe that the current Radeon HD 6xxx includes some additional circuitry for better HD video quality than the previous HD 5xxx series.

Having stated the above, your best bet is probably the Radeon HD 6570 which is the next card up from the HD 6450. Of course if you don't want to spend ~$75 for a video card, then just get the HD 6450 for ~$45.
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August 8, 2011 5:14:37 AM

thanks for the replies :) 

at the moment im using:
Radeon HD 4600 card
i5 cpu 2.67ghz
4gb ram
windows 7 32bit

so a Radeon HD 6570 sounds like a step up :)  i cant put my finger on it but even just in the menus the ps3 looks clearer, sharper. im using all hdmi to hdmi on both ps3 and pc, with a 46" 1080p samsung.
August 9, 2011 2:25:54 AM

so is it worth upgrading my Radeon HD 4650 1GB DDR2 to a Radeon HD 6570? will there be a big difference?
a c 358 U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 2:41:03 AM

^^^

That shows CPU usage, not video video quality.

Click the link I provided to understand what is meant by "Movie Picture Quality".
a c 358 U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 2:51:48 AM

phoenix85 said:
so is it worth upgrading my Radeon HD 4650 1GB DDR2 to a Radeon HD 6570? will there be a big difference?



The problem with video quality is that you won't know until you actually see it to determine if the video quality of a HD 6570 is better than the HD 4650.

It may end up looking the same to you. After a certain point, video quality is more based on perception and the opinion of the viewer.
August 9, 2011 6:32:24 PM

thanks for the replies, i'm a bit confused on which to get now, i'm leaning more towards the radeon rather than the nvidia but im not sure :S lol
a c 358 U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 6:41:51 PM

ATI cards scored higher in video quality tests than nVidia cards.

Ultimately the choice is yours to make.
August 9, 2011 11:32:14 PM

i guess the Radeon HD 6850 is the winner, seems like a decent price too.
a c 216 U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 11:40:50 PM

Looking at Matto17secs review, the 500 series has improved, and does good in normal DVD playback, but still not as good at blu-ray.
August 10, 2011 12:33:38 AM

i just watched a video on youtube of a crysis benchmark the HD 6850 did really well, i won't be playing games but i figure if it can do that than blu-rays and HD content will do well, i'm hoping.
At the moment i'm using a HD 4650 that was installed in the pc when i bought it, i was impressed with it (i'm lame lol) so i'm guessing a HD 4650 vs HD 6850 would kinda of be like a smart car vs a tank :) 
August 10, 2011 1:16:34 AM

am i looking for any card that says HD 6850 or is there a particular make i should look for? Thanks
a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 1:30:33 AM

My guess is it's a software issue and the 6850 won't do a thing for you.
a c 358 U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 2:00:20 AM

phoenix85 said:
am i looking for any card that says HD 6850 or is there a particular make i should look for? Thanks



The HD 6670 is selling for around $75, while a HD 6850 is selling for around $145.

Overall the HD 6670 scored 126, while the HD 6850 scored 129; a difference of 3. That represents a 2.38% difference in scores. Since you do not play games, then if you really think that difference is worth paying around $70 more, then that's your call.
August 10, 2011 3:22:45 PM

jaguarskx said:
The HD 6670 is selling for around $75, while a HD 6850 is selling for around $145.

Overall the HD 6670 scored 126, while the HD 6850 scored 129; a difference of 3. That represents a 2.38% difference in scores. Since you do not play games, then if you really think that difference is worth paying around $70 more, then that's your call.

well i want to play a PS2 emulator, my HD 4650 was horrible (tbh i didn't have it setup well) wouldn't mind maybe playing to some other pc game too.
August 11, 2011 3:45:07 AM

What power supply will a hd 6850 need guys? Over 550w?
a c 592 U Graphics card
August 12, 2011 12:09:30 AM

phoenix85 said:
i also thought ive got 2 harddrives installed and a blu-ray drive, is that still enough power supply?

According to guru3d, 450w is recommended for their highly overclocked and stressed system. Yours will be fine with 550 watts.
August 12, 2011 12:20:49 AM

awesome :D  thanks for your help
August 14, 2011 10:24:54 PM

i need to know what kind of PSU will i need? i'm going to using a blu-ray drive, 2 HDD's, 2x 4GB RAM, i5 750 @2.67GHz & Radeon HD 6850 or maybe higher. also i have 120mm case fans at front and back and 2x 120mm case fans on the side (4x 120mm fans in total) Might do some overclocking too.
ive just watched some vids on youtube of the 6770 it looks awesome, is it worth £120 though. i wanted a 6 series for the blu-ray 3d, video quality.
Thanks
a c 216 U Graphics card
August 14, 2011 11:25:53 PM

phoenix85 said:
i need to know what kind of PSU will i need? i'm going to using a blu-ray drive, 2 HDD's, 2x 4GB RAM, i5 750 @2.67GHz & Radeon HD 6850 or maybe higher. also i have 120mm case fans at front and back and 2x 120mm case fans on the side (4x 120mm fans in total) Might do some overclocking too.
ive just watched some vids on youtube of the 6770 it looks awesome, is it worth £120 though. i wanted a 6 series for the blu-ray 3d, video quality.
Thanks


Try this: http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
August 15, 2011 12:10:26 AM

408w not bad. 530w should cover it thew... :) 
August 16, 2011 1:30:22 AM

guys ive been searching round shops for a new video but everyone keeps saying different things :(  others say nvidia is better and then amd is better :S
i want something with decent speed to play games, Radeon HD 6850? HD 6870? 6950? any ideas guys thanks
a c 216 U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 1:38:15 AM

You've already settled on the AMD 6850. I say that you stick with your choice. The AMD has better Bluray video quality by every review anyone posted here. That was your main reason for the card, so that's covered and it's a pretty decent gaming card too.
a c 216 U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 1:46:04 AM

phoenix85 said:
what about the XFX HD 6850? decent price.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8GKo0u1R10

looks fast and shiny :) 


They will all be pretty close in performance, depending on factory overclocking, but the XFX is a good card for the lifetime warranty. It's many peoples choice.
August 16, 2011 2:32:42 AM

bystander said:
They will all be pretty close in performance, depending on factory overclocking, but the XFX is a good card for the lifetime warranty. It's many peoples choice.

whats the best make for that card? XFX? sapphire? powercolour?
August 16, 2011 5:41:23 AM

also guys trying to sell my HD 4650 1GB, what price would you guys do? i've put it on eBay for £25 but no one is biting!!! the cards not that awful is it???
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