ati theathre 550

By swker98
Nov 8, 2005
  1. does anyonw have one of these cards what makes them different form other tv tuners, im tihnig of gettings one
  2. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,077

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  3. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    In a nutshell, the 550 has the following edges over the ATI 200 theater chip:
    1) Theater 550 boards are now coupled with the MT2050, which adds tuner support for SECAM, DAVIC, DVB-C, DOCSIS 1.0 to 2.0 and EuroDOCSIS.
    2) The chip itself now performs the MPG2 A/V encode functionality so capturing/recording is done by the chip rather than CPU. This saves CPU effort while capturing or recording.
    3) The 550 has a 5-line comb filter and a full frame comb filter (touted 3D comb filter) which can sharpen text, clear video noise and improve video quality.
    4) The 550 has Digital A/V synchronization circuitry for processing audio which keeps A/V sync'd properly. It uses the PCI bus versus dongle/bypass cabling to your soundcard. This should completely eliminate out-of-sync audio to video of previous combination cards.
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