Yeah, I read up briefly on Powerstrip and it seems that most people are using so that they can get their HTPCs to play HDTV quality stuff
. I've never used that program, so who knows if it can or cannot do all its functions on the Via.
I did the little test you suggested. At 640x480, it was tough to tell. No real flicker as I'd call it, but I felt like I could see the horizontal refresh. It was generally gray. The whole screen was blurry. nVidia used to include an anti-flicker setting, but I can't seem to find it. The anti-flicker was basically a low-pass filter that would blur the screen if set too strongly. At 800x600, I thought I could see two different shades of gray lines, but it seemed more like a mental illusion to my eye
. At 1024x768, there were obvous light and dark gray lines at regular intervals
Truth be told, I honestly don't know how not being able to replicate interlaced TV video has affected viewings of anything. DVD-Video has always come out virtually crystal clear. Likewise for high-quality DivX/Xvid material.
Anyways, being able to play high-quality Ogg Media and Matroska files is a priority in my mind for HTPC. The ultimate goal for an HTPC should be that any media playable on a PC should be playable on your Home Theater, and ideally, can also replace both DVD-player and TiVO. If the A4F 19-1HE cannot do this, then it cannot be called the ideal HTPC by any stretch of the imagination. Can anyone who owns a C3 comment on how well it does DivX?