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ATI still the best for HTPC?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Desmo, Oct 22, 2001.

  1. Desmo

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    With the graphics car industry changing rapidly are ATI still the best for HTPC?

    I've been looking at the new Radeon 7500 64Mb DDR for £150.
    This will be connected to my 32" Widescreen TV until I can get hold of a projector.

    Any problems with this card or anything else I should look out for?
     
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    Yes, but as far as I know the 7500 is the same as the other Radeons as far as DVD playback is concerned. The 8500 has some extra support that we don't know about yet.

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    Looking at the price of the 8500 it's a lot more than I realy wanted to pay considering it's application.
    If the 7500 is not that much different to other radeon cards am I better off getting one of the cheaper models?
    It's only used for DVD playback with absolutely zero gaming involved.
     
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    Yes, get one of the cheaper cards then. You can get the 32MB SDR model for £59.99 from Simply. The VE is also good value but unless you intend to use the DVI connection I would stick to the SDR model. The VE cards architecture is different to the other cards and you may run into problems.

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    jeff, the 8500 got a stonking review, beating the gf3 ti for gaming... is this gonna be just as good for dvd playback? i always got chop on my gf2 pro

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    Mike,

    The 8500 has some extra overlay and DVD support which might prove to be very interesting. To me it sounds like the features have to be supported by the software player so it might be a little while before we will know for certain. In the meantime it still should be a good choice for people who require good 3D performance and dvd playback quality.

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