DVBSKy S830 DVB-S/S2 PCI (1 Viewer)


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July 20, 2010
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Hungary Hungary
I'm switching to DVB-S2 from DVB-C and I very much need a reliable card.
I do not need twin tuner, a single one is enough.
I was looking at the DVBSky cards, and I read they are quite good and reliable, no issues with drivers, stand-by, freezing, shuttering, slow channel change, etc.

I have a small itx home media server based on Intel Atom dualcore, runs excellent. It has only a standard PCI slot, no PCIe. I think I will go with the PCI version of the card: DVBSKy S830 DVB-S/S2 PCI. My HTPC also has PCI slot available in case if I want to move the card to the HTPC.
Any experiences with the PCI version of the card? Looking at the chipset, it is the same as on the PCIe version (of course except the PCIe controller), the DVBSKy S850 DVB-S/S2 PCIe version.

1) are these cards working perfectly in Media Portal?
2) do I lose anything if I go with PCI over PCIe? I think PCI is fast enough for DVB-S2 HD, since my DVB-C HD card is also PCI and I have no issues at all.

Any recommendations are welcome!

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