Summary: As with most ATI based multimedia products we were quite pleased with the PowerColor Theater 550 Pro PCI-Express TV tuner. There were no performance penalties incurred with the PCI Express x1 bus and the T550P PCI-E was quite comparable with its PCI counterpart in almost every aspect. The picture quality produced was superb?even with when the cable lines inside our apartment were split six-ways. PowerColor has done an excellent job bringing ATI?
Conclusion: The TV Tuner market now has another excellent contender in PowerColor's ATI Theater 550 Pro PCIe. We know the use of the PCIe interface will be a big selling point to many of you, and it's one of the reasons we looked at this product. Though the new interface brings no real benefits in terms of image quality, features, or performance, it is the new standard, which is important to those of you looking for a long term investment.