Looking for a new HDMI out video card

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  1. Michael Harris

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    Currently I have an ATI 3450 video card. When I was running XP, the HDMI out passed both video and audio. When I upgrated to VISTA Home Premium, only video was passed. This is a know issue for VISTA versions of Catalyst and looks like it won't be fixed. Not too big of an issue since I have digital out from my sound card but I would like to pass the HDMI signal to my new amp and then to the TV. Any recommendations?
     
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    I've almost never had any issues passing bitstream with Vista, though you may require something like FFDShow to handle it (this will be true of any other card you purchase).
    I would recommend the ATI5450, as it's the cheapest viable card that supports passing DTS-MA/DD-HD and lossless 7.1 (LPCM) audio over HDMI..

    At this point, Nvidia doesn't provide such a card at all :( (no DTSMA/DDHD in any of their offerings) which crosses them out for many.
     
  3. Michael Harris

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    Thanks. I looked up the card you recommended and the reviews on Tom's Hardware look good.

    As for the problems with HDMI audio on the 3450, just do a Google search on "3450 HDMI Audio". Ain't pretty.


    BTW, the primary reason for needing a new card is that my current one is showing signs of potential failure.

    EDIT: I bought the card and it works exactly as advertised. Now that both my Blu-Ray and HTPC are on HDMI, I was able to remove six sets of cable from my rats nest.
     

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