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Master Geek

#24361 22-Jul-2008 11:05
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Hi guys,

Just thought I'd share my experience with a GeForce 8200 chipset and HD Freeview...specifically this board from Gigabyte 

We've previously been running the MA78GM-S2H board (, which is AMD's equivalent to the 8200, found picture quality not too bad with Freeview, but the interlaced stuff especially TV3 wasn't very good, blurry etc, and the CPU usage was high. So we've been running the setup with an NVIDIA 8600GT discrete graphics card and all was good with CPU usage always under 10% on all channels with a crisp clean picture. We're using a seperate Media Portal TV server box with an HVR2000 TV Card.

So I setup the 8200 board with an AMD Athlon 64 LE1600 45W CPU, 2GB RAM, and gave Freeview a run. I'm using Power DVD 8 Ultra h.264 codec, EVR, hardware acceleration enabled, Media Portal RC2 on Vista 32 bit SP1. I used the graphics dirvers that came on the motherboard CD, and also tried updating to the latest NVIDIA driver (175.19).

Basically the results were not good, the picture would stutter and stop and break up. Audio was often out of sync too. CPU usage varied from about 20% to 55%. I swapped out the CPU for an AMD Athlon X2 4800+ Dual Core and it basically made no difference, except for the CPU usuage dropping by about 10%. The WMV HD 1080 samples from Microsoft played perfectly, but the results with Freeview were not good at all, so maybe this board can't handle H.264 decoding very well.

So all up a bit of a disappointment really, was really hoping this board would do the job. Has anyone else tried a GeForce 8200 board yet and had any success?

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  #150423 22-Jul-2008 18:07
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Will be running the same sort of components myself soon

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Master Geek

  #150600 23-Jul-2008 11:48
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Hi TangoNZ,

Thanks for the report on the 8200. I was hoping to use one of these as a MP client with separate server but it looks like it would need a separate video card.

I have been using fiji but now that it looks like it won't be released (for NZ HD) anytime soon, I am planning another look at MP.

I stopped using MP as it kept crashing, but it was all running on one PC with alot of other applications on it and I didn't spend alot of time trying to sort it out.

I want a HD PVR and am prepared to have a dedicated MP server and client PCs - IF it is stable.

Would you care to share your experience with MP RC2?


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Master Geek

  #151024 24-Jul-2008 16:56
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Hi fisher,

Haven't had much experience yet with RC2 of Media Portal as I'm only using it at work to test with but have found it pretty good so far, with the exception of a bug with the volume. It turns down but not back up again! (haven't had this before).

Other than that I use an SVN of RC1 at home which has been rock solid for ages, but I'm just using a satellite feed at the moment so no HD (reluctant to do much testing at home and upset the wife). We were using a single seat installation and everything worked sweet, but we've since moved house I changed it to a dedicated TV server and two clients, and now when fast forwarding or rewinding it just shows a still frame. Thats probably just due to the fact the server is running on a pretty low end machine, no biggie. In general I've found the latest builds of MP to be solid as.

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  #151699 27-Jul-2008 00:19
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will be interesting to see if the new intel integrated graphics X4500HD boards work with freeview:

CyberLink PowerDVD Supports the Intel® G45 Express Chipset Delivering Optimized Playback for Blu-ray Discs

The DG45ID intel board has DVI, HDMI, optical spdif port
Ingram Micro has a bunch of these on order, but theyre a bit pricier than the giga-bye nvidia boards tend to be (but probably cheaper than a seperate video card though...)

There is also a giga-byte board based on the chipset here:
but i cant see it here yet

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