What about taking simply a 8600 GTS and upscaling ?

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What about taking simply a 8600 GTS and upscaling ?

Post by sebmex » Fri May 25, 2007 5:47 am


I am attracted inevitably towards the 8800 GTX because I'd like to connect my Fusion case to my falt screen 42 inches Full HD tv.

I then need 1920*1080p resolution, so a big card for that.

BUT, what if I use the upscaling integrated function of my tv (as for usual dvds) with 1280*1024 resolution ?

cheaper graphic card, longer life usage for the card ... is it possible ?

I also heard some software run on PC to do the upscaling.

What do you say ?

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Post by Steep » Fri May 25, 2007 8:09 am

What kind of TV do you have? I'll assume LCD since there aren't any 720p 42 inch plasmas, let alone 1080p that I'm aware of.

If it's an LCD, I'm guessing it would function similar to an LCD computer monitor. That being the case, you can run at resolutions that are lower than the 'monitors' native resolution. So if you found yourself getting poor performance at 1920x1080, you could run at a resolution closer to 720p (1365x768) and still get a very nice looking image.

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Post by sebmex » Fri May 25, 2007 10:53 am

yes, but the purpose is to have Full HD, even with upsacling. I see that some dvd player on PC have specific motors to upscale, even nvidia drivers do it, but can it also be done for pc screen output ?

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Re: What about taking simply a 8600 GTS and upscaling ?

Post by HueyCobra » Fri May 25, 2007 9:52 pm

Excuse me for not being knowledgeable about 1080i/p, but would it actually be necessary to upscale with an 8600 GTS? The 8600 GTS supports 2560×1600 over HDCP-compliant dual-DVI. The 8800 GTX lacks the VP2 video processing engine of the 8600 GTS, and can't support HDCP over both DVI links according to Beyond3D; it wouldn't necessarily fit in a Fusion case either. So could the 8600 GTS be the better choice in any event?

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Post by Rusty075 » Fri May 25, 2007 10:06 pm

What are you looking to do on the 1080p TV? Play games, or just do htpc type stuff?

If its just htpc you really don't need that powerful a card to do that. My htpc is doing 1080p from an Ati X850-Pro AGP card. Certainly not a performance powerhouse by modern standards. It pays back 1080i content (what little there is you can find) just fine. Almost any card made in the past few years can do 1920x1080 resolution.

And realise that DVD's are only 720p, so there will always be some upscaling when playing on your tv, unless you have a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD drive.

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Post by floffe » Sat May 26, 2007 2:05 am

Actually DVDs are 480p (or 576p for PAL ones), it's the second number in 720x480 you look at.

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Post by sebmex » Sat May 26, 2007 9:09 am

my need is for gaming actually.

I think that i will use a 8800 GTS for that, it fits in the Fusion case.

What solution do you suggest for upscaling ?


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