Gigabyte just announced their GV-NX76G256HI-RH, a NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS based graphics card featuring a HDMI connector. Although not the first of its kind (I found a single card on Newegg with HDMI), This is perfect for HTPC's because HDMI cables include both the video and audio signal in one small, sturdy cable. The graphics card also supports HDCP which is important for the high-def copy protection that we will eventually all be dragged into. Don't fret if you have a DVI display though, the HDMI port can be connected to a DVI display with the help of a small adapter, simliar to the DVI to VGA adapters of old, which Gigabyte thoughtfully includes. You will lose the audio by using the adapter, but it wasn't there before so you probably won't miss it. With dual-dvi cards being the norm on mid-high range products, it is only a matter of time before HDMI becomes more prevalent on graphics cards. I expect HDCP compliant interfaces will be necessary as soon as (or if) Blu-Ray and HD-DVD become popular.
-- Perform in Silence --
-- GIGABYTE Introduces New HDMI Graphic Card- the Latest Edition to the Silent Pipe Series --
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a world-leading VGA card manufacturer today proudly launched the GV-NX76G256HI-RH, a High Definition multimedia VGA solution with support for HDMI and HDCP.
The GV-NX76G256HI-RH features the latest generation HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) which combines both the high-definition video and audio signal into one cable for exceptionally smooth and sharp image quality and crisp audio without distortion. Additionally, the GV-NX76G256HI-RH supports HDCP encryption, allowing users to experience the highest-resolution HD broadcasts at 1080p. The GV-NX76G256HI-RH with the NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS GPU also supports PureVideo HD technology and bundles Cyberlink PowerDVD 7, allowing users to build the ideal digital media PC.
The GV-NX76G256HI-RH is mercury and cadmium free for RoHS and EU regulatory compliance. In addition, the GV-NX76G256HI-RH is equipped with GIGABYTE’s Silent-Pipe Technology, a fanless thermal solution providing the perfect combination of performance and silent operation. This VGA also supports SLI functionality and uses the finest 256MB GDDR2 memory in the industry, 128-bit memory bandwidth and 12 pixel pipelines. Moreover, the GV-NX76G256HI-RH is comprised entirely of Solid Conductive Polymer Aluminum capacitors to enhance stability of game performance and extend the life of your VGA.
Besides HDMI and HDCP support, the GV-NX76G256HI-RH provides numerous video output interfaces including DVI-I, D-SUB, HDTV and S/AV. In addition, this graphic card utilizes Dual-Link DVI to support high-definition wide screen with 2560x1600 resolutions for wider viewing displays. A host of accessories come with the GV-NX76G256HI-RH including HDMI-DVI connector, S/PDIP audio cable, HDTV converter hub and HDMI-HDMI cable. Moreover, GIGABYTE is pleased to be able to bundle the best strategy game: Sid Meier’s Civilization IV.
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