[mythtv-users] Cheap Video Card

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Sat Dec 11 19:58:12 UTC 2010

On 12/10/2010 13:55, Steven Adeff wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 10:59 AM, Brian Wood<beww at beww.org>  wrote:
>> OK, it does have a fan, but:
>> http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-
>> details.asp?EdpNo=5677177
>> According to the WiKi this is a feature set "C" card. It will fit in a
>> case requiring a low profile card, if you supply your own bracket.
>> Much as I HATE rebates, it does appear to be a good deal (assuming the
>> rebate materializes).
> if the rebate is through tiger direct, run like the hills. if it's
> through EVGA it shouldn't be so bad, I've done 2 or 3 rebates through
> them and they've all come within the 6-8week window.
> that said, this is a GT210, which is not worth purchasing for Myth, if
> I remember correctly, it's not fast enough to properly decode higher
> bitrate stuff. you'll want a GT220 or GT4xx series card. I've got a
> few GT220's in service, one in my theater room machine and one in my
> parent's, and they work great.

The video decoders in the GT210, GT220, and GT430 cards are _exactly_ 
the same.  They all support "feature set C".  They all support decoding 
of the same codecs.  They all support the same improved scalars from 
previous cards.  They all handle the same bitrates and resolutions.  The 
difference is the GT210 is not a sufficiently powerful card to run the 
Advanced 2X deinterlace filter on 1080i60 content.  That has nothing to 
do with the video decoder, as deinterlacing is performed in shader code 
on the actual graphics core.

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