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eVGA Personal Cinema Review - Page 1 of 8

INTRODUCTION

The first iteration of NVIDIA’s Personal Cinema unit met with some commercial success, but yet remained a fairly unpopular solution as few manufacturers supported the concept and seemingly fewer customers were interested in the products. Advance a few years and even your typical “Average Joe” computer user has begun to understand the multimedia capabilities that computers offer. It was an uphill battle, but with consumer acceptance of digital cameras and even better, their video counterparts, computers have become an integral part of the media experience.

Since the launch of the Personal Cinema, NVIDIA has been slowly working on a new design, tweaking and improving the overall package. No doubt, NVIDIA has also been feeling the heat of ATI’s popular All-In-Wonder lineup and as such may have been quite eager to get the new iteration of the Personal Cinema out the door. eVGA.com is the first manufacturer to have launched a product featuring NVIDIA’s new Personal Cinema solution. eVGA’s current Personal Cinema offering is based upon a GeForce4 MX 440 8X AGP card.

eVGA Personal Cinema Specifications:

  • 256-bit GeForce4 MX 440-8X (275MHz clock)
  • 64MB 3.6ns 128-bit DDR memory (250MHz clock - 500MHz effective)
  • AGP 8X/AGP 4X Compatibility
  • PC99 DB-15 analog connector (VESA DDC2B + DPMS)
  • Philips SAA7133HL for Video Capture In/Out
  • Philips FQ1236/F TV Tuner
  • DVI Connector for Analog/Digital Display
  • 34 Million Triangles/Sec. (chipset spec)
  • 1.1 Billion Texels/Sec. (chipset spec)
  • 8.0GB per Second Memory Bandwidth
  • Digital Media Hub for Audio/Video Input/Output

PACKAGING

The eVGA Personal Cinema unit arrives in a flashy box designed specifically for the unit, which showcases the exclusive Personal Cinema features such as the remote and the audio/video breakout box.

The included software is also listed atop the box. And it’s quite a list: InterVideo WinDVR 2.0, Ulead DVD MovieFactory 2.0 SE, Ulead VideoStudio 6.0 SE, NVIDIA NVDVD 2.0, Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon and America’s Army.

The backside of the box allows you to see the included components as well as the serial number and some info about the card. Opening the box revealed the blue support sticker upon which eVGA informs the customer to immediately contact them in case of any troubles with the card and not return it to the store, hence eliminating the middleman in a troubleshooting situation. The components are tightly packed and secured within the box to eliminate and mishaps that may occur during shipping.

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