Asustek to ship motherboard with HD interface

Asustek Computer plans to launch a PC motherboard in April with an interface that will allow users to watch high definition (HD) movies on either the Blu-ray Disc or HD-DVD formats. The ASUS M2A-VM-HDMI comes with an HDMI (high definition multiple interface) slot, which is where users can plug in a high definition player and enjoy cinema-like films on their PC monitors - so long as the monitors are also high-end LCD (liquid crystal display) products. HDMI can also be used with other disc formats, such as DVD. The board, which is aimed at home theater PC users, is priced at NT$3,190 (US$96.46)

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I think I've read that HDMI is a requirement for HD-DVD and Blu-Ray because of the content protection scheme HDCP. At the same time the HD-DVD add-on for the XBox 360 works fine w/ both the VGA and component videos. Is HDMI not a (legal) requirement, then?

Shadrack said,
I think I've read that HDMI is a requirement for HD-DVD and Blu-Ray because of the content protection scheme HDCP. At the same time the HD-DVD add-on for the XBox 360 works fine w/ both the VGA and component videos. Is HDMI not a (legal) requirement, then?

You need HDMI to watch those types of DRM'd video in full HD, otherwise the signal gets downsampled. So with the VGA and component connectors you won't be getting full HD output.

toadeater said,

You need HDMI to watch those types of DRM'd video in full HD, otherwise the signal gets downsampled. So with the VGA and component connectors you won't be getting full HD output.


Unless you use DVD-Jon's crack. And rip the HD content to a hard drive. And then stream it out a DVI port. To a LCD display that has DVI-in. With the audio streamed via SPIDF-Toslink.
Yeah, you "need" HDMI like I "need" another hole in the head.

DKAngel said,
yet another intel fan boy, both cpu's from intel and amd perform rather well against each other anyways

Of course; A Core 2 Duo and a 64 are the same performence...

Yep yep....Keep lying to yourself.

Model
Brand ASUS
Model M2A-VM
Supported CPU
CPU Socket Type Socket AM2
CPU Type Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64
FSB 1000MHz Hyper Transport (2000 MT/s)
Chipsets
North Bridge AMD 690G
South Bridge ATI SB600
Memory
Number of Memory Slots 4×240pin
Memory Standard DDR2 800
Maximum Memory Supported 8GB
Expansion Slots
AGP Slots None
PCI Express x16 1
PCI Express x1 1
PCI Slots 2
Storage Devices
PATA 1 x ATA100 up to 2 Devices
SATA 3Gb/s 4
SATA RAID 0/1/10
Onboard Video
Onboard Video Chipset ATI Radeon Xpress 1250
Onboard Audio
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC883
Audio Channels 6 Channels
Onboard LAN
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
PS/2 2
LPT 1
Video Ports D-Sub + DVI
USB 4 x USB 2.0
Audio Ports 3 Ports
Onboard USB
Onboard USB 3 x USB 2.0 connectors support 6 ports
Physical Spec
Form Factor Micro ATX
Dimensions 9.6" x 9.0"
Features
Power Pin 24 Pin
Features The first integrated VGA MB supports Playback of HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs with HDCP compliant
Support Dual-VGA output(DVI-D&RGB) and SurroundView
Support AMD Socket AM2 CPU
AMD 690G Chipset
Integrated ATI Radeon X1250-based graphics
PCI Express architecture
Gb LAN
DDR2 800
4*SATA 300MB/s RAID 0,RAID 1, RAID10
Packaging
Package Contents M2A-VM
User Manual
Driver Disk
Software Disk
SATA Cable
IDE Cable
FDD Cable
Rear I/O Panel Shield
4-pin to SATA Power Cable

So I am guessing this has onboard video and onboard sound. Otherwise HDMI from a motherboard doesn't make sense to me.
I am not particullary fond of the present day onboard video capabilities.

Any details on what video chip and what sound chip?

It could be like that one where you plug in your MP3 player, and it can go out via your sound card without it being on

When I saw the headline, I was thinking HD meant hard drive. Made me wonder what the big deal was. What can I say, it has been a long week.

RangerLG said,
When I saw the headline, I was thinking HD meant hard drive. Made me wonder what the big deal was. What can I say, it has been a long week.

me too, i was thinking "am i ok? they don't have hard drive interfaces on mobo's now?"