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November 9, 2002 11:32:17 PM

ok, heres what i need in order of priority:
1. best price/performance
2. video out, video in
3. good looking preferable, gotta look good for a case window :) 

im considering the leadtek 4200 with vivo- $172 from newegg. is this a good card?

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November 10, 2002 2:56:15 AM

Just picked up the Leadtek Vivo the other day. Runs well benches about 9400 3dmarks on my non-overclocked system. Not too bad price/performance combo.

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November 10, 2002 3:27:46 AM

That's the best card in the price/performance range right now. And if I am not mistaken it overclocks very nicely if you have the inclination.

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November 10, 2002 3:42:10 AM

Ive got the Leadtek Ti4200 64mb w/o VIVO and I'm very impressed. I only pushed it to 300/600 and it ran beautifully. Haven't tried more.

You can't go wrong with that card.
November 10, 2002 4:16:29 AM

but what about the tv out quality? is it good? no artifacts? and the video capture? is it good quality? i want to use it for a tivo type thing, mainly to record at certain times. are the fans loud? im not worried about the whiring sound of fans, its the high pitched whine some have, that i cant live with.

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November 10, 2002 7:29:48 AM

As for the VIVO functions...I can't help ya.

But I do know for a fact that the one I have and the one with VIVO have the EXACT same heatsink fan. And mine is extremely quiet. To be perfectly honest, before this card I had never had a video card with a HSF. After I installed my new one, it literally sounded the same to me. Damn impressive if you ask me!
November 10, 2002 1:33:53 PM

I might be way off the mark, but you might want to see how the ATi 9700 (non-Pro version) is priced when it is released in the next week or so. Might offer great performance at a reasonable price, it really depends on how much it costs.

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November 10, 2002 1:41:52 PM

The R9700 has a Suggested retail price of $299US but it will probably be found for ~$200 to $250 on at some stores. That may be above his budget. The Radeon 9500 Pro will go for under $200 so that will be in his budget. The Radeon 9500 Pro is between the Ti4400 and Ti4600 in performance.

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November 10, 2002 2:18:15 PM

Generally speaking ATI has better quality TV-out and TV-in than nvidia. An All-In-Wonder card would be perfect for you. The Radeon 8500 or 9000 All-In-Wonder/DV may be in your price range.

I would generally recommend that you purchase a seperate TV-capture card and video card. That way you can upgrade your video card and not have to worry whether it is a VIVO card or not. On the other hand if this is strictly a build it and forget it set top box and you won't be playing games then get the Radeon 7500 All-In-Wonder. It's got the same superior TV capture as the Radeon 8500, the same RF remote, but worse 3d graphics.

If you decide to go with the seperate capture card then ask in the TV/VIDEO CARDS section what is the best. I just know NOT to get a USB capture card due to the low bandwidth, and not to get the ATI TV-Wonder due to driver issues.

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November 10, 2002 2:34:17 PM

Quote:
The Radeon 9500 Pro is between the Ti4400 and Ti4600 in performance.

I thought the <A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1735&p=1" target="_new">9500 Pro was between the Ti 4200 and Ti 4400 in normal settings</A>. And that 9500 Pro dominates Ti 4600 in AA and AF. Please correct me if I am misinformed.


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November 10, 2002 3:09:06 PM

I ditto knowan's point about get a seperate tv-in card.
Also, nvidia tv-out is poor compared to ATI.

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November 10, 2002 5:39:37 PM

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I thought the 9500 Pro was between the Ti 4200 and Ti 4400 in normal settings. And that 9500 Pro dominates Ti 4600 in AA and AF. Please correct me if I am misinformed.


Yes, but then again, Anandtech is the only site that has the Radeon 9500Pro between a Ti4200 and Ti4400. Tom's and HardOCP have it between the Ti4400 and Ti4600.

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November 10, 2002 7:26:34 PM

im looking more for performance, not just a video capture system. the performance of the radeon 9000 is not too good. when is the 9500 pro to be out?

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November 11, 2002 5:52:27 AM

In just a few weeks I would imagine. But I agree with the rest of the pack, get a separate TV-card.

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November 12, 2002 3:07:31 AM

how reliable is that sub 200 price on the 9500 pro?

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