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Pros Passive Cooling, Quiet, Can play 1080p movies and not too demanding games.
Summary This is a good budget card for people who aren't hardcore Gamers, This card will play 1080p bluray movies great and doesn't have a fan making this card ALOT quieter than most other budget cards you can get. If you are looking for a card to use for a server computer, HTPC or even a home computer this card is great! If you are looking for a gaming card you might want to look at the $100.00 range. Although I was able to get this card to play BF3 at playable FPS on low settings.
Pros VGA DVI and HDMI can fit a mini back slot power saving good for a work/ net surfing setup or an htpc.
Cons cannot outperform high end gpus (thats a no-brainer). screen had some errors of flickering lines until i upgraded the driver
Summary lasted me a long time until i upgraded to a high end gpu. What an experience! Good for a HTPC or an up from intergrated grapics if it doesnt have all 3 video ports. Great product, but not for computer fanatics. Great.
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Summary I purchased this card to replace the one I had onboard. On a computer that is used primarily for surfing the internet, and listen to video. Obviously this is not a video card to play. But for everything else, and the price is perfect.adding hdmi and dvi port is also very interesting.
Pros -Fanless -Cheap -Stays under 45C for the WEI benchmark. Idles at 39C. -Scores a 5.1 in WEI (5.8 gaming), which means it will run Aero.
Cons -Obviously not a gaming card, but that should be obvious. It's on par with Intel HD3000 graphics. -Is there some reason we can't buy a cheapo dual DVI card? I suppose you can use the HDMI port, but still, the cheapest dual DVI card is a $55 HD4670.
Summary I was looking for the cheapest PCI-e card sans MIR that wasn't several generations old, and at $30, this was it. I wanted something quiet but that could run Aero+basic office tasks. This card can do that with ease, and does not get hot despite its lack of a fan. Load temps are lower than my GTX470's idle temps.
Pros Quiet fanless, low power, great for less intense gaming / multimedia uses
Cons Low-end card, so low-end card weaknesses - not very powerful
Summary This card is great for a HTPC as it is quiet, fanless and has quite the low profile. My motherboard is quite old and it works just fine. The options for DVI, VGA and HDMI out are great, makes switching displays easier.
Summary Bought this for an HTPC build and it has lived up to it has expectations. Nice to have a totally silent video card for a change. Hopefully the maill in rebate shows up soon. Let's face it, cards like this are probably only worth 30 or 40 bucks brand new anyway. Anyhow, if you want a low profile, silent card for regular PC duties, this is a good choice.
Accelerated video encoding, transcoding, and upscaling2.3
Native support for common video encoding instructions
ATI CrossFireXTM multi-GPU technology4
Dual GPU scaling
ATI Avivo HD Video & Display technology5
UVD 2 dedicated video playback accelerator
Advanced post-processing and scaling6
Dynamic contrast enhancement and color correction7
Brighter whites processing (blue stretch)8
Independent video gamma control8
Dynamic video range control
Support for H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, and Adobe Flash9
Dual-stream (HD+SD) playback support10,11
DXVA 1.0 & 2.0 support
Integrated dual-link DVI output with HDCP12
Max resolution: 2560x160013
Integrated HDMI 1.3 output with Deep Color, xvYCC wide gamut support, and high bit-rate audio
Max resolution: 1920x120013
Integrated VGA output
Max resolution: 2048x153613
Integrated HD audio controller
Output protected high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI with no additional cables required
Supports AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats
ATI PowerPlayTM technology5
Dynamic power management with low power idle state
Certified drivers for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
Driver support scheduled for release in 2010
Requires application support for ATI Stream technology
Digital rights management restrictions may apply
ATI CrossFireXTM technology requires an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard, and may require a specialized power supply
ATI PowerPlayTM, ATI AvivoTM and ATI Stream are technology platforms that include a broad set of capabilities offered by certain ATI RadeonTM HD GPUs. Not all products have all features and full enablement of some capabilities and may require complementary products
Upscaling subject to available monitor resolution
Not available with Blu-ray picture-in-picture
May not be available for all desktop resolutions with Windows Aero enabled
Adobe Flash video acceleration and post-processing is supported for H.264-encoded content. Requires Adobe Flash Player 10.1 plug-in and Catalyst 9.11 or higher.
Blu-ray or HD DVD drive and HD monitor required
Requires Blu-ray movie disc supporting dual streams or picture-in-picture
Playing HDCP content requires additional HDCP ready components, including but not limited to an HDCP ready monitor, Blu-ray or HD DVD disc drive, multimedia application and computer operating system.
Some custom resolutions require user configuration
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