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    So Im looking at video cards, trying to decide which one i will get.
    But it appears that its not as easy as I thought
    There are AIW, PRO, Sapphire, nonPRO, VIVO. WTF does all that mean?
    Can we have some simple explanation of each one of these, so that I know the difference between Saphire xx00 AIW and xx00 PRO.
    thanks

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    AIW (All In Wonder) - This one has a TV tuner. I've never owned one of these and can't really elaborate on it.

    Pro/Non Pro - The pro cards have faster memory than the non pro. Non pro cards can be overclocked to *sometimes* be faster than the pro cards are at stock speeds.

    Sapphire is a brand of ATI cards.

    VIVO (Video In/Video Out) - Allows you to plug a video device into the computer to record.

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    What he said.

    In addition, All in Wonder cards are ATi specific. They include inputs for TV aerials, and inputs / outputs for S-video / composite video connections as well, as opposed to ViVo which is a simple Video In / Video Out (connections vary between cards).

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    ok, so I want PRo for better memory speeds.
    But which one whould have just a TV out. would Pro have it too? or do I need to get a vivo card?


    BTW some people say that 8500 is the same as 9100, is that true?

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    Both pro and non pro have S-Video out.

    From what I've gathered from reviews, the 9100 beats the 9000 and the 8500 is faster than both.

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    So what am I loosing when going for 8500 over 9100? does it support the same DX or whatever?

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    They both only support directx8, 9500 and up support directx9
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    it looks like there are no 8500 nonLE for sale so Im going with 9100 128mb

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    If you are going with a 9100, why not go with a geforce ti4200?
    CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
    Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
    RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
    GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
    PSU: Thermaltake 500w
    SC: Audigy 2 zs
    LCD: 22' Samsung 225bw
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra
    Mouse: Logitech G5

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    Hell, why not just spend the extra monehy and get a FX5600 :D. Y got DX9 suport, and its afordable.

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