When is a HDMI graphics card not HD?
by, 13th April 2008 at 11:27 PM (11654 Views)
When it's not got HDCP (High Defintion Content Protection) as a feature on the chipset.
I recently upgraded my GeForce 7300 low profile HDMI graphics card for the newer 8500GS version from the same company (MSI NX8500GT MTD256EH). Once installed I could never get the BIOS or boot screens to show until Windows (Vista 32bit) had loaded up the drivers when connected via the HDMI interface.
After a little asking around and digging I had found that unless the card has HDCP onboard (as my last one did) then it is almost useless. The picture is also of a 'lesser' quality than the 7300 it replaced. Looking at the MSI site reveals that HDCP is *optional* on this model. Bugger. I brought this card to decode Blu-Ray when I invested in a drive during the summer. Looks like I'll have to shop around again.
My advice is that should you need a graphics card with a HDMI interface make sure it has HDCP or else you will have no end of niggly problems.
It gets worst. This blog from the Firing squad lays out in easy to follow detail why you really NEED a card with HDCP on board for HD and Blu-Ray content!
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