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Wannabe Geek


Topic # 23132 19-Jun-2008 13:08
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Hi there,

Is anyone using the M3N78-EMH HDMI board for their HTPC?
If so, I would like to know if the intergrated geforce 8200 plays freeviewHD ok?

I understand that that AMD 780G boards or ATI graphics cards have trouble with Freeview and the recomendations are to use a discrete Nvidia geforce 8500 and above for reliable operation. It would be nice do with out a discrete graphics for dedicated HTPC ...ie it will never play games!

Cheers

SRT

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  Reply # 139200 19-Jun-2008 15:43
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Just checked pricespy for that model, all of them seem to be a standard 780g motherboard with ATI H3200 graphics?



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Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 139208 19-Jun-2008 16:01
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Price spy do have them listed see here:  http://www.pricespy.co.nz/pno_12692.html
From following the some of the links, they seem to be in stock too.

 
 
 
 


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Master Geek


  Reply # 139233 19-Jun-2008 18:57
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There's an xfx model 8200 board at C1, about $140-$150. I'd be interested too, but can't find any reviews of these boards yet...


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Master Geek


  Reply # 139237 19-Jun-2008 19:07
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I would be interested aswell, as in what mobo can play Freeview HD with integrated graphics. Be good for dedicated HTPC's as it could save space and power Smile

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  Reply # 139252 19-Jun-2008 20:48
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Ah k missed that link.

Would be nice to have a board with 8400 graphics, then you'd know for sure it'd work fine.

Can't find a review with video benchmarks apart from xvid encoding, which doesnt really help.

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  Reply # 139267 19-Jun-2008 22:39
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May be a one-off (2-off), but mobileh264 has had bad stability experience with his MB -

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=990188&page=49

(see bottom of page).


Also davidluke. He went for an Abit 8200 and has also posted a how-to for setting up for Blu-Ray playback here:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=990188&page=53

(again, bottom of page)

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Master Geek


  Reply # 139283 20-Jun-2008 01:00
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So, looks like the boards can handle BD at 1080P, as long as you have 2 gigs of ram or so. Unfortunately they seem to be suffering from the usual drivers/teething issues, might pay to wait a few months.



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Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 139289 20-Jun-2008 07:52
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Some more reviews here:

Page 6 & 7 of this article from Anandtech covers the ASUS M3N78-EMH HDMI
http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=3301&p=1

Short review from digit-life here:
http://www.digit-life.com/articles3/mainboard/asus-m3n78-emh-hdmi-geforce8200-p1.html

But overal, there is not much info on this motherboard/chipset considering its already in retail channels.

Page 2 of this article suggests there are some driver issues…..but it was posted in April?
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3288&p=2

For what it is worth Giga-byte also have a GF 8200 board on their website.
http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2817
Its been there for over a month now....but no infomation on the web about it seems.

I would be nice if someone in NZ can confirm it works/does not work well.
I have a feeling that Vorbis is on the right track saying the drivers probably need sorting out.
I can't help think that if this board was working reliably and it was truly a great AMD 780g competitor , then the web would have more to say it about!








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Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 139293 20-Jun-2008 08:06
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Oh........looks like Anantech might have more to say about some new drivers/BIOS for the GF 8200 on Monday (read Tues NZ time)
See here: http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=462

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  Reply # 139520 21-Jun-2008 00:51
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srtgumbee: Oh........looks like Anantech might have more to say about some new drivers/BIOS for the GF 8200 on Monday (read Tues NZ time)
See here: http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=462


There are also GF 8300 cards already on the NZ market (for a few extra bucks); eg. http://c1com.co.nz/shop/step1.php?number=13860

But have yet to find a real road test of the board (NZ or anywhere).

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  Reply # 139552 21-Jun-2008 11:59
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Looking good on that 8300, would be nice if someone was willing to take the plunge?

Also are there any intel 775 boards with integrated graphics that are similar?

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  Reply # 149256 18-Jul-2008 19:42
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Hey guys,

Sorry for thread dig but can bring to light to this subject shortly.
Computer Lounge are being kind enough to lend me a heap of HTPC gear to test for Freeview HD

Will be checking Freeview HD feasibility on:
Asustek M3N78 PRO Socket AM2+ GeForce 8300
Gigabyte GA-MA78G-DS3H AM2+ HD3200

If successful will attempt with nVidia 8200 boards including the XFX MI-A78S-8209

Also will compare how the Nova T 500 HD compares to the HVR-2200 as I've heard the HVR2200 changes channel faster which would be nice

Will post up here end next week hopefully :)

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Master Geek


  Reply # 149289 18-Jul-2008 20:32
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Cool, keep us posted!

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  Reply # 149322 18-Jul-2008 21:40
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Cool x 2, well done to you and Computer Lounge.

What PVR s/w will you be testing with?

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  Reply # 149360 18-Jul-2008 23:55
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Yay bloomreview! (maybe you can get this on geekzone/GP front page?)
Can you possibly check the 8400GS PCI-E graphics card too?

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