[mythtv-users] Looking for a recommendation for a PCI-Express video card with TV-Out

Marc Randolph mrand at pobox.com
Thu Jun 19 15:32:13 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 10:23 AM, Kevin Kuphal <kkuphal at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 10:08 AM, Kirk Bauer <kirk at kaybee.org> wrote:
>> I looked through the online docs but it is so hard to tell how dated
>> some of that is, and I couldn't really find any listed working cards
>> that are PCI-Express.
>> Can anybody tell me the best video card with PCI-Express with NTSC
>> TV-Out (composite) that works well with Linux/MythTV?
> Cards based on the NVIDIA 6000 chipset are probably the best bet without
> breaking the bank for PCIe and can be found in fanless configurations.  The
> only drawback between this and the old standby of the FX5200 (AGP or PCI) is
> that if your CPU can't handle HD and you're using XvMC then your OSD is
> black and white.  Other than that, it seems to be the best card for the
> job.  Maybe something like this:
> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121019

There are at least a few fanless GeForce 7200GS cards as well, with
both composite and DVI, and some have s-video also.
I don't have any experience with them, but are they not at least as
good as the 6000-series?  Probably draw more power.
I remember that the 8000-series isn't recommended (no XvMC support, I believe).

> Another option that is becoming very appealing (if you're desiging a system)
> is a motherboard with integrated Intel graphics.  Intel now has excellent
> XvMC support for HD watching and it saves you having to put another card in
> your system in the first place.

Very true.  Knowing that was coming was THE exact reason I bought
Intel for my two systems six months ago.


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