why do people buy AIW cards???

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i dont get it, as soon as you upgrade the video card, there goes the tv tuner. i dont understand why people dont just buy a seperate tv tuner so it can last longer...
 

Mitzi

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Because many people don't change video cards as often as they change their socks?? :confused:
 
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regardless of how often they change it, the loss the tv tuner as soon as they upgrade. it isnt like a new tuner comes out everyday that would make someone wanna upgrade so they can buy one and forget about it for years and years
 

MDE

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The AIW cards have extra features like pausing and rewinding live TV, and other things. I see it as one card that does it all. Also, you can't have a driver conflict between the video and TV cards when there's only one card.

EDIT: Not to mention the Shuttle SFF PCs that have limited space.
 

TheCorm

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Yeah and if the like AIW's then they will probably go for the new AIW when they upgrade and ';m certain that AIW have better resale value than bog standard ATI cards....2nd hand buyers with older PC's will love the TV in PC concept.
 

boshuter

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Originally posted by: shady06
i dont get it, as soon as you upgrade the video card, there goes the tv tuner. i dont understand why people dont just buy a seperate tv tuner so it can last longer...

I agree. I have only owned one AIW card, a 9700pro AIW. I didn't have it long before i regretted the purchase, partly because of the limited aftermarket cooling solutions that would fit the card because of the tv tuner. I sold it and bought a 9800pro and seperate tuner card. The better resale value doesn't make up for the extra initial investment. As far as the extra features, I'm not aware of any that a seperate tv tuner card wont' do, like the pvr functions, which are mainly software features anyway.


 

rbV5

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i dont get it, as soon as you upgrade the video card, there goes the tv tuner

I don't get why people more people don't get AIW cards. They're only like $30 more than a regular pro now with a much larger feature set. If you want the fastest 9600 pro card, the AIW 9600 pro will be ATI's highest clocked 9600 pro also.

A seperate tuner card is more expensive and doesn't match the feature set or performance of the AIW cards. It takes up an extra PCI slot (or crappy USB) as well.

I have no trouble selling my older AIW cards for a premium either. They're still in demand for the 90% of the PC community that doesn't game. I have exactly 1 original AIW Radeon card left, I'll have no problem getting rid of it.