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Albatron Blue Ray Decoder Card Examined

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Nov 25, 2007 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 60%Manufacturer: Albatron

The Package


The front of the box is where the magic really begins. Now we can see that VGA is printed down the left side but it doesn't exactly stand out. Of course Blue Ray Decoder Card is what you see initially.



The front of the box mentions stuff like 256MB, 128-bit, DDR3, HDCP and PCI-E. This all sounds great for a decoder card and is normally stuff we see on a graphics card.



Turning the box over we see the first mention of the 8500. The majority of the back shows us the advantages of PureVideo HD and what not. It's really the standard layout for a video card and nowhere does it mention anything about it being a "Decoder Card."



Moving inside the box we have a little audio cable that sits between your "Decoder Card" and sound card. This is needed so sounds are transferred through the HDMI port. What HDMI port you ask? - This is probably one of the best features of the card and though it doesn't get mentioned on the front box there is a HDMI port resident.


We also have an S-Video to S-Video/Component cable along with the standard DVI to VGA connector.



Also included is a CD that is labeled VGA and has the "Decoder Card" drivers (read: NVIDIA Forceware), we also have a quick installation guide which you might want to use if you have never installed a "Decoder Card" before.


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