[mythtv-users] Comments on PNY GeForce4 MX 440 vs Chaintech?

Jarod Wilson jcw at wilsonet.com
Wed Oct 6 03:52:01 UTC 2004

On Oct 5, 2004, at 19:58, Pete Cable wrote:

> They should all be more or less the same.

Not so. There are different chipsets used in various places, most  
notably, the TV out chipset. That said, I've used a number of different  
PNY and Chaintech cards, all without problems. The only one I had major  
problems with was a really cheap Jaton card that produced miserable  
output on a TV. I've heard at least one similar report w/a PNY card  

> I couldn't tell you the
> exact manufacturer of mine, I just grabbed the cheapest one on the
> shelf after my geforce2 died. Works like a champ....

I'm very partial to Chaintech cards (I think I now have five Chaintech  
cards and two PNY), and I've never heard anyone w/a bad report about  
the output from a Chaintech card. PNY should be pretty safe too though.

>>>> is your advice to scrap the old video card and get a matrox440? i  
>>>> remember
>>>> an old mail where you have a specific recommendation.  I guess it  
>>>> wouldn't
>>>> be too bad of an investment, but i already (over)spent $140 on the
>>>> hauppauge.
>>>> i was taking the frugal but rocky path; it fits my philosophy.
>>> The one I'm using is a Chaintech GeForce4 MX440 (not a Matrox).  It's
>>> nice because it does OpenGL (with the nVidia proprietary drivers),  
>>> good
>>> TV out, and it cost me $40.  If you shop around, you can probably  
>>> find
>>> the same card for $30 at the right place/right time.  Whether it's  
>>> worth
>>> it I'll leave up to you.  Although, IMHO, the time my Myth box saves  
>>> me
>>> in watching the shows I want to watch was well worth the expense...   
>>> I
>>> considered other video cards, but went with the GF4MX440 because it  
>>> was
>>> known to work well, and was simple to set up.
>> Does anyone have any experience with the PNY version of this card?
>> Does it work with similarly as the chaintech?
>> PNY GeForce4 MX 440 / 64MB / AGP 8X / VGA / TV Out / White Box Video  
>> Card
>> http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp? 
>> EdpNo=1057516&CatId=877
>> $19 after rebate
>> Thanks,

Jarod C. Wilson, RHCE
jcw at wilsonet.com

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