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What graphics card for big screen gaming ?

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by Ray, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. Ray

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    Hi all - I need some advice.

    I'm about to invest in a new graphics card (HL2 and all that!) and am likely to get a GeForce 6600GT given the good reviews. My question is about suitability for using with a projector for the big screen experience.

    I know the card has TV output but is composite video good enough ? Are there any graphics cards with component output ? Or am I going overboard here - would I notice the difference with a PC game as opposed to a DVD movie ?

    All advice/opinions gratefully received.

    Cheers

    Ray
     
  2. Dmitry Markov

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    Hi Ray!

    But what projector do you use? A lot of them got a DVI or VGA inputs so there is no problem to connect digitally. Cards with component outputs are mostly expensive professional stuff and they're NOT FOR GAMING because they don't axcelerate 3-D graphics. Even those pro- cards who does also are NOT FOR GAMING they are used mostly for rendering hard graphics in cinema,advertising and so on. Sorry I can't tell exactly but there is some specific in drivers and programming why they are not used for playing games.
    But nevertheless if you could tell me about your projector maybe i could help you any way.

    Best regards,
    Dmitry
     
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    Depends on your projector really. Most decent cards have DVI which was the method of choice. Howeve some new projectors like the Panny 700 dont have dvi out any more :rolleyes: HDMI or something not sure but the first port of call is to look at the connectivity on your projector or the one you are buying.
     
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    Even if the projector is HDMI you can still conect DVi to it. Just get a cable thats DVi-HDMI. (both are interconective)

    If your Projector doesnt have DVi or HDMI, there is also an adapter made by ATi that you can plug into the DVi conection (i think) to make it component.

    Check Ati's web site for this adapter. Some people have used it and didnt seem all that satisfied. But it works. Your best choice is still DVi to DVi or HDMI on a projector.
     
  5. Ray

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    Thanks for the info.

    I don't have a projector at the moment but I am about to get a graphics card so I want to make sure I odn't make an expensive mistake. I'll make sure I get one with a DVI connector if it is likely that most projectors have this connection also.

    Ta
     
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    Many Ati cards can output component with dongle attached to the vga port. I prefer dvi or vga myself but depending on kit you might find a reason to use component , so yes it is possible and fairly trivial.

    As for component only cards being specialised .
    I'm sitting on a dual xeon film visual effects work station that has an Nvidia Quadro 4 (which runs doom 3 quite well considering) inside it and has no necessity to output component. In fact I don't see a reason for any film or video workstation to output component. Its unlikely you ever get into analogue anyway in professional post these days and rendering digital files in either yuv (component) or rgb colourspaces is trivial and has nothing to do with the graphics card .

    The only importance attached to a graphics card on a workstation is user interactivity. Realtime rendering to screen is normally impossible at the sort of resolution you require for film and rendering images for even simplistic work is never realtime.

    Incidentally the crossover between 3d and 2d orinetated work is so great these days no-one ever just specs a 2d only card. Especially with things like VMR on the horizon.
     
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    Hi!

    I've just bought a Panasonic AE700, with HDMI input.

    Which cards can be used to connect to it digitally?

    I've read that you need HDCP support on the DVI port, and it seems that 6600 GT doesnt inlcude that. I've seen one 6800 LE that stated HDCP support as well as one 9800XT.

    The card will mostly be used for gaming, but also watching films. I'm looking for something in the $200-250 price range

    I would prefer the 6600 GT AGP card, but do you know of any manufacturers that have built in HDCP support?

    Thanks in advance,
    Richard
     
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    I have got a Hitachi TX100 projector. I was and still am building up my HCPC slowly.

    Next is the graphics and speakers.

    I have been following graphics cards market closely for a while and I have heard some problematic things regarding the 6800 set however the product I am likely to have sitting under the tree for me is the Nvidia XFX Geforce 6600GT AGP which has dual dvi output, ideal to connect to my viewsonic 171B and also the Hitachi.

    It has great reviews, and is hard to come by at the moment as it is sooo popular, good price and great standard of graphics.

    So the XFX 6600 GT AGP would be my choice. Connection through DVI is class, trust me! I connected up a Sanyo Z2 using my sisters £25 ATi Card which had a DVI output on it and the picture quality for films was super.
     
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    I'd say either the 6800 nvidia makes or the x800 that ATI makes, although I'm not sure what resolution large projectors operate at, you may be able to find a cheaper card that plays just as well at lower resolutions.
     

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