It's alright. No DirectX9 support, so it doesn't do much for the latest-and-greatest games on the market (it runs them, but in emulation mode). It's got a lot of scalability though. The more CPU power you throw at it the better it performs for the most part. It's a good buy if you're loking to save a buck or two, but if $$ isn't an issue you might be happier with a higher end ATI or 5900 series Nvidia.
Originally posted by scottfarcuz
How is this card working out for you?
Im currently building a new p4 machine and I have everything picked out except the video/tv tuner card(s)
Id really like tivo/timeshifting/pvr setup but I cant find a good review comparing diffrent cards. Since Im building a whole new system I was really considering a ATI all in wonder 9800 pro or the AIW 9600pro which is about $120 cheaper. Any advice on what setup you guys think would be best would be greatly appreciated as Ive spent hours reading reviews here and there and its hard to read between the lines as most people seem to think whatever setup they have is the best...
The pc will be used for web surfing and gaming but Id like a nice tv card to record tv shows and transfer some of my old home videos on dvd and to play the tv shows and dvd's on my standard 27" TV
The video capture is better than a lot of them, but is still lacking a bit. It does well at 8X6 or 10X7, but the color balance is a bit off. High contrast images (anime, etc.) can get washed out on the light end and a bit heavy on the darker end. No matter what I do, anything clearly better then VHS quality only gives me about 1 hour per DVD. Maybe I'm just too picky, but I don't see much point in putting 2 hours of SVCD on a DVD--I'd just as soon put it on VHS or make a DivX CD for the cost vs the time spent for the same quality.
About the only thing I ever use the capture for now is archiving my palmcorder to DVD since it's already a low-grade recording anyway.
If it ain't broke don't try to fix it! But, hell if you can tweak that bastard just a little bit more....hehehe.