TV on PC: Compro Videomate Tv Gold Plus

Compro is a Taiwanese manufacturer specialized in TV PCI tuner cards and external TV tuner boxes. The Videomate TV Gold Plus, Compro’s latest internal PCI TV tuner cards, guarantees a clear and clean vision and offers advanced functions allowing you to enjoy the very best of your TV programs. Additionally, Compro’s product also works as a radio tuner as well as an advanced video recorder

Test Configuration

We tested the Videomate TV Gold Plus on the following configuration :

Test System
CPU Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
Motherboard Abit IC7
Graphics Card Sapphire Ati Radeon 9800 PRO Ultimate Edition 256 MB
RAM 2 x 256 MB Corsair
Hard Disk Western Digital SATA 250 GB
OS Windows XP Professional

The card is certified to work with NTSC, PAL and SECAM TV formats (we tested with NTSC). For the test, we connected the card to three different terrestrial antenna systems in three different households. Under these different conditions we got homogenous picture-quality results.

Some Considerations

This product requires an existing, already-installed AGP or PCI video card. A single card solution, such as the ATi All-In-Wonder or the NVIDIA Personal Cinema lines, takes less space and can be installed in any case with an AGP slot, which most PCs have. While Compro’s PCI TV tuner card solution requires an additional PCI slot, which could be a problem with a barebone system, it still enables you to upgrade your graphics card independently from the TV tuner at a later time.

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