"It could have been perfect.. but it's way far from it"2.0 starson by bigblubox
Pros: 256Mb card + Tv tuner combo (but is it worth it?)
Cons: Same old ATI software (and no software updates), audio pops and clicks, TV on Demand always on, awkward audio/video connectors
Summary: This review concentrates more on the negative side of the X1900 (cause the positive side is dim.)
*currently using v.9.16
-it's still the same old junk since the early All In Wonder cards!!! with the ugly interface, and limited controls (more on that later). Why can't ATI (AMD now) pay a decent programmer to work on something totally new?!?!
-there hasn't been a software update since Dec. 13, 2006!!!! hello? we paid a good sum of money for this piece of junk!
-you cannot disable TV on Demand (which means it's always recording what you watch and using your CPU/hard drive resources whether you want it or not.
-TV viewing/recording quality is horrible. My first impression since upgrading from the ATI All In Wonder 9000 is that I'm watching TV through black nylon stocking.. lol. The picture is somehow cleaner than my previous card, but it's not from new hardware, because as you know, the X1900 still uses the old Theater200.. it's probably a filter..
-there was a problem with my first X1900 (PCI-E model); it wouldn't power up when I turn on my PC.. I would have to turn my pc on then off a couple of time for it to work.
-ATI sent me a replacement one which didn't have the power problem but had audio problems (pops and clicks while watching TV).. come to think of it, the first one might have had that too, but I might not have noticed it (it's mostly audible when you use headphones!).
-A third replacement came, and guess what, same pops/clicks problem. I finally gave up and decided to keep this for the time being.
-Why is it that with every new ATI AIW card, the cables/connectors are getting bulkier and uglier?!? When you install this card expect to have more cable clutter than you already have. I now have a stupid looking cable with a Domino at one end constantly connected to my PC.. Why? ask the geniuses at ATI!
I thought that things might get better when AMD bought ATI.. maybe new software/drivers?! but apparently it looks like they're getting worse..
If you want my opinion, if you really want to buy this (which I don't advise), go to ati.com, and check if they updated their "ATI Multimedia Software" (not the Catalyst display driver)..