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Gigabyte G45 board plays HD movies over VGA

Gigabyte G45 board plays HD movies over VGA

Cyberlink PowerDVD showing a Blu ray movie playing back protected VC1 content.

Gigabyte showed us how its inexpensive GA-EG45M-DS2H motherboard is able to not only playback a Blu ray disk at HD resolutions without much fuss at all, but it was also able to do it over a standard VGA connection.

It does have DVI and HDMI and offers HDCP over these, but both (the usually fussy) PowerDVD 8 and WinDVD Platinum didn’t seem to mind and played back a movie decoding the VC1 stream just fine.

Unfortunately, Gigabyte’s Realtek ALC889a chipset that does support content encryption for HD sound is still unable to talk to the playback software and so we’re still left with DVD quality Dolby Digital and DTS sound.

It even features Gigabyte’s DES energy saving software, but it has been reduced to just four phases to keep costs down. The whole board has solid aluminium capped capacitors (Fujitsu and Nippon Chemicon), one phase memory and north bridge power regulation as well, while both the north and south bridges are also passively cooled.

More general features include a single PCI-Express x16 slot, two PCI and one PCI-Express x1 slot, five SATA 3Gbps, one eSATA and four DDR2 DIMM slots for plenty of upgradability as well.

So, if you can't afford a new HDTV or monitor with a HDMI connection - look at this for the backbone of your next HTPC. We're wondering if it's a "feature" of all G45 boards though, and how HDCP is being bypassed so easily. Care to offer your thoughts or concerns? Let us know in the forums.

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[USRF]Obiwan 6th June 2008, 10:58 Quote
HDCP drm is invented by morons and pushed into our mouths by money wolfs of 4 big companies that think they control the world of music and movies, its a useless peace of crap that nobody on this world needs or wants or has use for but we all have to pay for it.
Paradigm Shifter 6th June 2008, 11:00 Quote
Watch this HD over VGA feature vanish as soon as the MPAA can get it's attack dogs (lawyers) ready...
[USRF]Obiwan 6th June 2008, 11:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
Watch this HD over VGA feature vanish as soon as the MPAA can get it's attack dogs (lawyers) ready...

ssssstt! (they can hear us you now)

p.s. we can always use the asus usb monitors...
Xtrafresh 6th June 2008, 11:39 Quote
am i the only one that sees a pretty mint-looking LAN board in this one?

It's compact-ish, has sata-o-plenty, and leaves room for a good GPU + soundcard. Do we need more?
shahidur 6th June 2008, 13:10 Quote
I was under the assumption that HD playback is possible over vga as it is an analogue connection. HDCP is only required over a digital connection.
Renoir 6th June 2008, 19:45 Quote
Correct shahidur. The video should only get downrezzed over vga if the Image Constraint Token is set on the discs which AFAIK is not the case with any of the currently released discs.
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