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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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!
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.
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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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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