"Good All Around Budget Card"3.5 starson by nikyu_mushin
Pros: TV Tuner, Video Capture
Cons: Driver install difficult, cable tv tuner weak,can't capture sound with integrated audio
Summary: This is a good card for someone who isn't an avid gamer looking for an upgrade or wants to build a budget multimedia pc. I've used it now for two years and have very few complaints. I've used it with 98SE, XP Home and XP Pro.Currently, I'm using the AIW card with an Abit AS8 mobo & 2.8ghz P4 & 1 gig of dual channel ram.
On the gaming side, it handles Quake III very well but Sim City refreshes slowly when the layouts get complex. Older games are no problem but don't expect games like Doom 3 to work well.
It's good for video capture and has an adapter with about 4 feet of cable that you can run to a convienient location to plug in your camcorder. It uses both component audio & video as well as S Video.Since it has a built in tuner, I've used this to record TV shows & movies and it works great. It comes with a remote control that can be used for the tv tuner or to replace your mouse. This card comes with a lot of features and when you think about it, you just crammed a cable tv & vcr into your pc. It's great for capturing those old VHS home movies and then burning them to DVD if you have a burner.
The only drawbacks to the card are that some of the cable channels with a weaker signal look awful, most of which I never watch anyway. You also need a sound card. It won't capture sound using your mobo's integrated audio. The biggest problem is the ATI software. You MUST install the drivers in the exact order they recommend and navagating through the ATI site for the "Catalyst" can be frustrating, especially since this is a discontinued card. Once you find an updated driver that works, stick with it forever and hope you won't need to reinstall it. Don't be surprised if the installation doesn't work the first time.