Date Joined: 10/20/05
Pros: Good quality tuner. Pulls in channels just as well as my TV's built in DTV tuner. Recording quality is excellent. All of the outputs work simultaneously so you can use HDMI -> DVI to a monitor than run analog audio to your speakers.
Cons: No VGA output. Other than that you can hook it up to just about anything.
Overall Review: I'm not 100% sure, but I think that it is actually just recording the raw digital stream. This means that if you are doing a lot of recording, you will need a lot of space. According to my estimates, a 1080i broadcast uses 102.38MB/minute which equates to 3,071.38 MB for 30 minutes or 6,142.76 MB for 1 hour. You may want to use a hard drive on this if you do a lot of recording. It formats FAT32 but I'm not sure how it handles >4GB files as I have not tested that yet.
Pros: Works great just like a good NIC should!
Overall Review: Very good considering competing cards with the same chipset cost nearly twice as much.
Pros: It holds two 2.5 drives just fine.
Cons: Not a fan of the plastic. The screw holes are not tapped so you have to be very careful putting in the mounting screws as not to over tighten.
Pros: Nice and quiet card. Reasonably powerful for the price.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I had the XFX 6870 with one fan and it was unbearably loud. I switched it out for this one with two fans and it made a world of difference.