PCI vs. USB - what to choose? (1 Viewer)

haggren

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Hi all,

I'm planning to build a new mediacenter and maybe base in on a small-form-factor PC, or at least a small case cabinet which do not have PCI-ports.

My question is that I want to buy USB-tv-cards instead of PCI. Do anyone have experience with this?

I was thinking of buying this adapter:
http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/pages/products/data_hvr900.html

If I buy two will it be possible to get them working with playback while recording and picture-in-picture?

Thanks in avance
Jesper
 

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    PCI every time, no standby issues with reintiliasation delay on the usb drivers, which is a very common complaint.

    If you have DVB-T available, Cinergy 2400i should be a consideration, PCIe though.
     

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    Also: Few USB has hardware decoding (analogue signals) and I read a review that stated that USB devices (even Hauppauge USB2-something) gives poorer PQ - perhaps due to lower bandwidth?
     

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    Hi Jesper.

    I agree with PD and Spragleknas above. I used to have USB-based TV-cards (Twinhan 3040 and Hauppage T-500) and there were a lot of issues when it comes to standby/resume. Gave up and bought a Terratec 2400i which I'm very happy with. It also allows me to use "dep standbyt", i.e. S3 instead of S1.

    /Peter
     

    haggren

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    sounds good... You all write about Terratec. Do you prefer Terratec over Hauppauge? or is the quality the same? I have a old Terratec Cinergy 400 TV and have been very satisfied with it? If you should choose a TV-card today what would you choose?

    thanks for your reply...

    ahhthe 2400i has two tuners, right? but still you have to have a PCI-Ex1 port on the MB...
     

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