Video Card for HD movies - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-01-2007, 11:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 686
Default Video Card for HD movies

I'm connecting a computer to my HD Television, but i don't have a video card for it. What would you guys suggest?
__________________

__________________
slick_tech15 is offline  
Old 12-01-2007, 11:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
veedubfreak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 6,979
Default Re: Video Card for HD movies

an 8500gt can handle hd fine. If you look around you can find an MSI with hdmi out without the adapter. Its the one im running right now. Looks EXCELLENT even playing normal dvds. Just waiting to get my hands on an LG hybrid drive for bluray/hd-dvd playback.

edit, this is the card i have. The only bad thing about it is that it uses passive cooling. I ended up mounting a fan near it for a little extra cooling. The heatsink gets a bit warm.
Newegg.com - MSI NX8500GT-MTD256EH GeForce 8500GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Silent Heatsink Video Card - Retail
__________________

__________________
Nothing to see here.
veedubfreak is offline  
Old 12-02-2007, 12:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 686
Default Re: Video Card for HD movies

Thanks a lot. But if I were to get one of those without the hdmi port and instead purchase a dvi to hdmi adapter, would there be any quality loss?
__________________
slick_tech15 is offline  
Old 12-02-2007, 12:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
Techie Beyond Description
 
Apokalipse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 14,559
Default Re: Video Card for HD movies

ATI Radeon HD 3850
really good price/performance, power efficient, and very fast.

they come with:
* UVD engines, for full hardware acceleration of HD movies (in other words, they take all the load off the CPU) - so they'll be able to handle HD movies much better than the 8500 GT
* two DVI to HDMI adapters, or a single DVI port and a single HDMI port, so you can plug an HDTV into your video card and run the full resolution
Quote:
Originally Posted by slick_tech15 View Post
Thanks a lot. But if I were to get one of those without the hdmi port and instead purchase a dvi to hdmi adapter, would there be any quality loss?
no.
DVI can output the full resolution that HDTV's use.

Some of the HD 3850/3870 cards will come with an HDMI port, but there won't be a difference between an HDMI port on the card, and using a DVI to HDMI adapter
__________________
Apokalipse is offline  
Old 12-02-2007, 02:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
veedubfreak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 6,979
Default Re: Video Card for HD movies

DVI > hdmi port wont lose any quality, but...unless im wrong here, dvi only supports 1080i while hdmi supports 1080p, so using a converter you wont be able to output 1080p. I could be wrong on this one. But also, the card i linked and am using also supplies sound if you dont have a board with good onboard sound. And its 100 bucks cheaper than a 3850
__________________
Nothing to see here.
veedubfreak is offline  
Old 12-02-2007, 05:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
Techie Beyond Description
 
Apokalipse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 14,559
Default Re: Video Card for HD movies

Quote:
Originally Posted by veedubfreak View Post
DVI > hdmi port wont lose any quality, but...unless im wrong here, dvi only supports 1080i while hdmi supports 1080p, so using a converter you wont be able to output 1080p. I could be wrong on this one.
I'm pretty sure DVI -> HDMI can support all HDMI modes (including 1080p)

Quote:
Originally Posted by veedubfreak View Post
But also, the card i linked and am using also supplies sound if you dont have a board with good onboard sound.
So does the 3850

Quote:
Originally Posted by veedubfreak View Post
And its 100 bucks cheaper than a 3850
yeah but the card's not nearly powerful enough to do the rendering on its own. the 3850 does all the HD video rendering, since it has UVD on the GPU. That's going to free-up resources.
__________________
Apokalipse is offline  
Old 12-02-2007, 05:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
veedubfreak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 6,979
Default Re: Video Card for HD movies

So far my 80 dollar 8500gt is working just fine, i havent had a chance to test out HD encoding yet, as i havent found anyone who has the LG bd/hd-dvd player in stock
__________________
Nothing to see here.
veedubfreak is offline  
Old 12-02-2007, 06:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
Techie Beyond Description
 
Apokalipse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 14,559
Default Re: Video Card for HD movies

Quote:
Originally Posted by veedubfreak View Post
So far my 80 dollar 8500gt is working just fine, i havent had a chance to test out HD encoding yet, as i havent found anyone who has the LG bd/hd-dvd player in stock
with an 8500 GT, the CPU will do most of the encoding for HD video
__________________
Apokalipse is offline  
Old 12-02-2007, 06:25 AM   #9 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
gurusan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 6,562
Send a message via MSN to gurusan
Default Re: Video Card for HD movies

If you don't plan on gaming then there's no need to spend money on a good 3dcard like 3850.

Get the 8400GS....19 dollars after rebate and full HD decoding.
Newegg.com - Foxconn FV-N84SM2DT GeForce 8400GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
__________________
|| 2500K @ 5GHz 1 thread, 4.8 2 threads, 4.6 3, 4.5 4 1.284V ||
|| P8P67-M Pro || 8GB @ 2133MHz ||
|| 5850 @ 1000/1225 || XFX 650W || Silverstone FT03B ||
|| 37" LCD TV || CM Hyper 212+ || Samsung 2.1 Soundbar ||
gurusan is offline  
Old 12-02-2007, 06:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
gurusan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 6,562
Send a message via MSN to gurusan
Default Re: Video Card for HD movies

Quote:
Originally Posted by Apokalipse View Post
with an 8500 GT, the CPU will do most of the encoding for HD video
That's not true. Only the 8800 series do not support full HD decoding.
__________________

__________________
|| 2500K @ 5GHz 1 thread, 4.8 2 threads, 4.6 3, 4.5 4 1.284V ||
|| P8P67-M Pro || 8GB @ 2133MHz ||
|| 5850 @ 1000/1225 || XFX 650W || Silverstone FT03B ||
|| 37" LCD TV || CM Hyper 212+ || Samsung 2.1 Soundbar ||
gurusan is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Video card and/or motherboard issues sdness Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 4 01-13-2008 01:41 AM
Possible video card issue -- ATI X1650 houndofspace Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 10 12-04-2007 02:17 AM
Video Card Power Feeback? Lord Zeon Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 4 06-27-2007 07:45 PM
damaged video card sb14blue Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 2 05-13-2007 03:13 AM
New Video Card Dieo New Systems | Building and Buying 5 04-02-2007 11:27 PM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.