May 20, 2006 Review by Eric LaFrance
Card specs are: *Theater™ 550 PRO core *MPEG-2 video encode support *MPEG Audio Encoder with sampling rates of up to 48khz *Dolby Digital 2 channel encoding *Programmable filters *NTSC/PAL *Motion adaptive 3D Comb Filtering *FM Radio *World-Wide Audio Decoder *16MB DDR memory controller
The package comes with a partial version of PowerCinema 3.0 that includes the TV and radio tuning software, ATI driver disk, users manual and the standard ATI multimedia interface cable that comes with most if not all ATI cards that have a TV tuner. The card itself is not huge, the tuner on the card though is the smallest I have ever seen. Here are the important items in the package minus the flaky users manual and the IR remote control pickup which I'll further talk about on the next page.
Multimedia Interface cable, interface
The Sapphire TheatriX AKA Theatre 550 pro
My testing setup: WindowXP home edition with service pack 2 installed AMD Athlon 64 3200+ CPU (2.0Ghz) 1Gb of Kingston PC3200 HyperX ultra low latency ram Western Digital Raptor 74Gb 10,000RPM hard drive Sound Blaster Audigy 2 sound card
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