[mythtv-users] Gainward GeForce 8400GS 1GB - suitable HD playback?

Alessandro alessandro.campobassi at gmail.com
Wed Jul 11 14:50:26 UTC 2012

On 11 July 2012 16:25, R. G. Newbury <newbury at mandamus.org> wrote:
> On 07/11/2012 07:56 AM, Alessandro wrote:
>> Hello folks,
>> Can anyone advise whether this graphics card is suitable for HD
>> playback with the better de-interlacers?
>> http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=425
>> it's the Gainward GeForce 8400GS 1GB
>> I have a motherboard  that has the PCI16e next to the 2 PCI's I need
>> for my two Nova HD S2 cards. The space is limited, so it has a low
>> profile for the heat sink and it should not interfere with the PCI
>> cards.
>> But, does anyone know an alternative (passive cooling) for this card
>> if it's not a good choice for Mythtv? I wanted to get the 9500GT but
>> it's not available, and that has the low profile passive I'm looking
>> for.
> That is a quite old chipset. I would not consider buying such an old chipset
> card unless I absolutely positively could not find a newer version meeting
> the requirements.
> NVidia classifies its chipsets into 3 groups, with Group C having the most
> capabilities. IIRC the 8400 may only be a Group A or at best a Group B (as
> is the 9500GT). If you are buying, you should at least get the best!
> Higher up on the page you give, there is a GT430 SilentFX which from the
> picture appears to be passively cooled. Also IIRC, anything above the GT210
> is in Group C.
> G.

Thanks - the only problem is I don't have the space for a card that
takes two slots (like the GT430).
I need the slimmest (stays inline with the width of the bracket) so as
to not obstruct cards in the adjacent PCI slot.
Almost all the passive cooling cards, are quite wide with the heat
sink once installed. I need one as thin as possible.
Anyone know of a card that is new and fitting that bill?

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