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Solved: PCIe video card with S-Video

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by carp, Mar 30, 2010.

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  1. carp

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    A few weeks ago I bought a new desktop PC with a PCI Express graphics card (Gigabyte ATI Radeon 5770) that doesn't have s-video out. Didn't even occur to me to ask. :eek:
    Anyway, I can't connect my PC to my CRT TV as I used to. As much as I'd like an LCD or Plasma TV, I simply can't afford one.

    I'm basically searching for a 1GB PCIe card with S-Video output - ie. a card that will enable me to watch downloaded content on my old analogue TV, but will still handle HD video and games like Crysis, for example.

    Any suggestions, or websites where I can easily cross-check GPU specs, would be very welcome. Many Thanks :)
     
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    Brilliant, that's just the list I was hoping for. Hopefully some of these cards are readily available in Australia.

    What I don't understand is why a Digital to Analogue Converter, like this, is so expensive when much cheaper graphics cards do the same thing.

    Anyway, many thanks for that link Compiler. :)
     
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    Those cards are being phased out/replaced by cards like your 5770. There isn't much left... the 4870 would be your best performance/price card.

    Why? Because HDTV, Digital output do not carry NTSC/PAL TV analog signals. Older VGA connectors did on some cards which means a $20 adapter could be used. DVI>VGA is cheap $5... but the signal is digital. You can convert HDMI<>DVI<>DisplayPort>VGA.

    They make several million of these modern video cards. The HDMI>S-Video adapter is sold by the thousands, its not a mass-produce product. Each one is hand made. It does allow you to "record" your Blu-ray disc, but it won't be 1080. That little box has to convert a digital 1080 signal down to about 500lines of res. At about $300... might as well buy an HD-TV :)
     
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