I've spent hours searching online, but I can't find anyone that has tried building a HTPC using an ATI FireGL X2-256t card (its hardware is virtually identical to the 9800XT; I couldnt find anyone using that card for HTPC's either, just gaming).
It has dual DVI outputs... and its its GPU is more powerful than a lot of current HDMI cards, but is its firmware too outdated for it to do 1080p smoothly? Does anyone have personal experience with this card? Besides tossing it or Ebaying, whats the best possible use for it?
I have a bunch of old PC components laying around, I'd like to make use of them if possible instead of tossing them.
I think the first Radeon cards that could off-load some of the video decoding from the CPU started with the Radeon X1xxx series (x1600 for example). Therefore, the CPU will be doing all the video decoding. Not a problem for DVD movies or DivX / XviD movies, but that can be a problem for Blu-Ray and HD movies.