For my next trick... (Video card with TV-Out)
on 11-04-2004 10:05 AM
Okay, so I dug an old PII 450 box out of my room and it is now taking up permanent residence in my TV room. This is good, because I no longer have to hook the TV up to my laptop every time I want to watch a video clip or access my .mp3 server on my stereo. Eventually I even plan to set up some older games (probably Quake 2, perhaps Quake 3 or Alice - may have to upgrade the motherboard for those), maybe even throw MAME on it. Anyway, I'm currently looking for a sub-$50 video card with a REALLY good TV-Out implementation that supports AGP 1x. I'm currently using an old TNT2 card, but the TV-Out is just pure crap.
For my best two bets and bang-for-the-buck, I'm looking at a couple of cards in particular. The first is a GeForce FX 5200, the second is a Radeon 9200SE. Which would give me the best TV performance? At 800x600? At 1024x768? Any other suggestions? The laptop uses an ATI Radeon 7500, and I've found that to be real nice, but I'm wondering if the chipset brand matters more or if certain actual card manufacturers have different TV-Out quality.
Thoughts? Thanks in advance!