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Pros: Provides the hardware acceleration needed to play back BD and HD-DVD movies and supports sound over HDMI on some TV's.
Cons: ATI support is poor. Audio over HDMI to some HDMI 1.3 TV's does not work. I was told it would be fixed in the next driver (8.5) but the fix didn't make it.
Other Thoughts: I use the card in a Media Center PC for video playback. For that, it works very well once properly configured. Unfortunately, proper configuration is not always easy to achieve. For example, it is not documented that your HDCP monitor has to be identified as Monitor #1 to enable BD acceleration. ATI tech support was no help and insisted that it was the fault of the BD player software and the BD drive.READ FULL REVIEW