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VisionTek 900231 Radeon HD 3450 512MB 64-Bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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4 out of 5 eggs Hardware works well. Drivers need some work. 06/12/2008

This review is from: VisionTek 900231 Radeon HD 3450 512MB 64-Bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Pros: Provides the hardware acceleration needed to play back BD and HD-DVD movies and supports sound over HDMI on some TV's.

Cons: ATI support is poor. Audio over HDMI to some HDMI 1.3 TV's does not work. I was told it would be fixed in the next driver (8.5) but the fix didn't make it.

Other Thoughts: I use the card in a Media Center PC for video playback. For that, it works very well once properly configured. Unfortunately, proper configuration is not always easy to achieve. For example, it is not documented that your HDCP monitor has to be identified as Monitor #1 to enable BD acceleration. ATI tech support was no help and insisted that it was the fault of the BD player software and the BD drive.


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Display Name: Douglas C.

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