View Full Version : Video Card for 1080p videos
01-03-2008, 08:36 AM
i have some 1080p videos, and my current video card cannot handle them, does any one know some good cheap ones that can handle that video quality (pci-e)
01-03-2008, 02:41 PM
If you don't plan to game too much, I'd go with an NVidia 8600 GT or GTS
I bought the Leadtek PX8600GT 512MB Card for about 100 bucks a while back and it drive HD on my 50" Plasma just fine. I do BluRay, HD-DVD ASTC and I play HD Video's. IT also supports DVI-HDCP incase you plan to play HD Movies that require the Protected Pathway. You may find a better card at a better deal, but I can say I know this one is a great card, and it games great too. Just don't expect great DX10 from it.
01-03-2008, 07:22 PM
Even a decent 7 series card would do the job. Most of the problem lies with the CPU being able to handle a video that size. It doesn't matter how great a video card you have if the processor running the system can't keep up. I'm running a dual core AMD Opteron 165 with 1GB of DDR400, and a Geforce 7900GS (256MB) and I can play HD content just fine.
01-03-2008, 09:26 PM
thanks for the advice,
thats the other thing im worried about is my cpu, the pc im running is just a cheap pc, something i got just for watching tv using media portal and open source media center, so i may have to upgrade the cpu as well, but i will get a card first and see how it handles,
01-03-2008, 10:03 PM
i just checked, im running a nvidia 7200gs 256mb ddr2 card,
but my cpu is intel celeron d 3.03ghz :S,
do you think than if i upgrade my cpu the card could handle it,
it can just play 1080p videos, its just abit choppy, and the sound is out of sink :S
01-04-2008, 12:07 AM
MD is correct. And yes you should upgrade that Celly. My older HTPC has issues on HD-DVD's sometimes and it was a P4 3.4HT. it played hard drive based videos fine at that resolution though. The Celeron is not much for multimedia, but you're video card should be fine....
Good eye pointing that out MD.
01-04-2008, 06:09 AM
what I'd do is pull up task manager while playing a 1080p video and see if the CPU is pegged and (probobly won't affect it but see it the mem usage is also pegged)
on my P4 3.2HT w/ 2GB ram, a GeForce 6800U AGP, and an audigy
I'm able to play quicktime 1080P videos with audio in sync and smooth playback
(Ya a 3ish year old computer but is still runns great)
I'm just waiting on a good chipset w/ a good implementation
01-04-2008, 07:32 AM
the cpu is running between 80-100%, so i have orded a new cpu core 2 duo, and i will c where 2 go from there :)
01-08-2008, 03:43 AM
i have just upgraded my cpu to a 2.2ghz core 2 duo, :P, i can now play 1080p videos fanatically :) thanks for all your help :)
01-08-2008, 05:35 AM
Glad to be of service. :)