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Hey guys.

Building an XBMC HTPC and I need a card that can do both VDPAU and HDMI audio. I've been looking at my choices and these are the ones I'm thinking about:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produc...A-_-Video+Cards-_-BFG+Technologies-_-14143208

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produc..._-Video+Cards-_-Palit+Microsystems-_-14261043

http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=026558&cid=VDC.243.390

Firstly, I assume they all have HDMI audio? Also, which one would be best for an HTPC enviroment? Anything i should avoid?

Thanks
 

Zap

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The 8400 GS does not normally support audio over HDMI/DVI. The 9500 GT does, through a pass-through cable (if the PCB has the input and your motherboard has the output). The GeForce 210, GT 220 and GT 240 have an audio solution built-in similar to recent Radeons so that would be the best choice, IMO.

Supposedly VDPAU is available since the 8000 series, so I'm assuming they all support it.

Before buying, you also may want to check in forums dedicated to HTPCs as you'll probably get information more specific to your needs.
 
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Thanks for the input.

I got a GF210 and it does indeed work with HDMI audio without passthrough. Its a great little card and it seems to work, but its loud as all hell! I doubt new coolers will be made for it too. Anything I can do for this one aside from software tweaking? xbmc live won't have this feature.
 

Evilsizer

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cheator,
measure the hole spacing from side-to-side, then from top-to-bottom, then from corner-to-corner. with those bits of info, you can look to see if NB or older video card coolers will work. I used a Zalman NB cooler on a NV 8400GS, i didnt measure anything though. here i will tell you why, the zalman cooler has movable arms to line up to the holes. this is the zalman cooler
http://www.performance-pcs.com/cata...e=product_info&cPath=54_197&products_id=20315

i played some games on the 8400gs or well what it could run. dont know what temps it got up to but i never had any problems. still dont have any issues with the 8400GS but its main use now is just 2D no 3D is done on it.