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Home Theatre PC Motherboard Shootout
Written by Danrok   
Thursday, 07 February 2008 10:26

Bit-tech takes a look at some micro-ATX boards, to see which would be best for movie playback

From Bit-tech: 

Home Theatre PCs have been around for a while, and with ever improving integrated graphics we decided to find out which chipset is currently the best solution for video playback. The three micro-ATX boards we will be looking at today all feature HDMI with HDCP encryption for the latest HDTVs, but sit at different price points and use both AMD and Intel processors.

This variety should give us an idea of how the market stacks up. The one thing we’re eager to find out today is whether or not they provide adequate acceleration and image quality in high definition movies encoded in h.264 and VC-1—the two most popular codecs used in Blu-ray and HD DVD discs. The boards will also be ran through our gamut of real-world testing scenarios as well to find out which board—and chipset—is the current king of the Home Theatre hill.

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