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Dr Mordrid
2nd September 2005, 01:36
Looking for one and besides the Matrox APVe (multi-head & HD out) I've also been looking at the Chaintech AE6800 Apogee (GeForce 6800 PCIe 256MB). I see 'em around for about $200 and then read this review;

http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/view.php?cid=0&id=1673

Obviously I'm interested in dualhead at least, 1080i HD output, desktop image quality and clarity for video editing.

Comments?

Dr. Mordrid

Jammrock
2nd September 2005, 09:52
I've been looking at the GeForce 7800 GT myself. Plenty of 3D power, plus hardware MPEG-2 and with NVDVD you can get a high quality HD video scaler ... from what I've read, the best one on the consumer software market. They are a lot pricier than the 6800, but I figure it will last me longer and is SLI compatible for the future. Though I'm waiting for the Crossfire to be released from ATi before I decide on which multi-GPU system I choose.

For about the same price you can get an ATi X850 XT. They are about the same game wise and 3D acceleration (depending on the game) wise.

Dr Mordrid
2nd September 2005, 14:22
Don't give a whit about gaming, but care a lot about bang/buck and 1080i HD output.

Dr. Mordrid

UtwigMU
2nd September 2005, 14:30
Note that APVe doesn't have 64-bit drivers yet and you as a person who tries new things/betatests might not like that.

If you need PCIe card, a 6600 or 6200 might also do, provided they meet other requirements.

Jammrock
2nd September 2005, 15:19
Don't give a whit about gaming, but care a lot about bang/buck and 1080i HD output.

Dr. Mordrid
Ah yes. Well, the 7800-series does have HDTV output that's supposed to be better than average, especially if you are playing back DVD. Here is what I'm refering to:

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/building_high_definition_home_theater_pc_htpc/page4.asp

Read that page and the next.

Jammrock

dZeus
2nd September 2005, 15:50
Keep in mind that nVidia cards currently seem to have problems playing HD res video problem-free in VMR9 mode except in VMR9 renderless exclusive, which is rather restrictive for stuff like player menus and stuff.

Lots of info about this on the AVSForums' HTPC forum (http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=26).

Nowhere
2nd September 2005, 16:03
btw Doc, how's the new system coping with PCI-hungry RT X?

Chrono_Wanderer
2nd September 2005, 16:07
umm. Did you try BDF GeForce 6800? I've heard good things about them. Life-time warantee, perfect RMA experience and support, and Dual DVI.

edit: I just got another LG FLATRON L1720P on my work machine (the P4 with the Asus 5200 Dual DVI) Holy shite. the second head is just lovely. Text is PERFECT.

Dr Mordrid
2nd September 2005, 19:50
btw Doc, how's the new system coping with PCI-hungry RT X?

Haven't had time to test it yet given the MSPro 8 beta schedule. Maybe this weekend if I'm lucky.

Dr. Mordrid