In an ideal world
, our MythTV box would have a fanless 96
00GT card --> twice the number of shaders as the 95
00GT, and faster clock rates too.
This would give enough horsepower to really take advantage of VDPAU extras, like inverse telecine on HD content, and noise-reduction + sharpening for analog OTA content.
As it is, I *do* use those features sometimes, but they also do cause the odd skipped frame here and there. A 9600GT would cure that, and then some.
But.. alas.. I don't think any of the available fanless
9600GT cards would actually fit inside Duke's
chassis. So the existing Sparkle 9500GT (1GB,fanless,small) will just have to do.
But if fanless is not a high priority, then there are lots of more powerful cards that ought to fit in any case. Should you actually decide to ditch that crappy
8500GT card, I might even offer you a few bucks for it.. if it is fanless.