[mythtv-users] Cheap Video Card

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Sat Dec 11 21:21:01 UTC 2010

On 12/11/2010 16:02, Brian Wood wrote:
> On Saturday, December 11, 2010 12:58:12 pm Raymond Wagner wrote:
>> 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.
> So it's the same situation as an  ION (9400m)?
> In spite of the de-interlacing limitation I've been very pleased with my
> Revo 1600, does this mean I could expect similar performance with the
> 210?

The 9400m and GT218m in the ION and ION2, respectively, are similarly 
limited.  They are not capable of that top end filter at 1080i60.

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