I am pretty sure my AIW 9000 Pro has gone bad and I'll attempt a recap of it to see if that brings it back, but I'm also going to pick up a spare AIW card or two in case I have issues again. My 9000 Pro didn't last long (probably less than 10 hours of use and was new in box), really suspect bad caps, but can't say for sure if it's that until I recap it which is going to take a while for parts to arrive and to actually do it since there are a lot of SMT caps on there.
Question is whether there are strong reasons to go with another 9000 Pro vs the 9200 SE/LE in a capture-only PC where the most you'd do is capture VHS and maybe play back some of the captured clips to verify they captured correctly. If cost was equal and I wasn't worried about caps going bad, I'd probably go with the 9000 Pro spec wise, but I don't know if the spec bumps give any actual advantage when only capturing VHS.
Full specs of both are here:
Advantages of the 9000 Pro:
DVI instead of VGA Port - I'll use a VGA monitor anyway, but DVI is easy to convert to VGA and HDMI
128 bit memory lane width vs 64 bit- not sure if this matters for video capture/basic playback
7.20 GB/s memory bandwidth vs 2.66 GB/s memory bandwidth - also not sure if matters for capture PC
Advantages of the 9200SE:
Cost - about 1/2 to 1/3 the price - an eBay
seller has many of these for $25 shipped or even less if you buy multiple:
Fewer SMT capacitors that can go bad - only about 10 vs about 30 on the 9000 Pro
No fan by default (has better heatsink) - I have a separate fan in the case pointed at the graphics slot anyway
128MB of video memory vs 64MB on the 9000 Pro
Both require the same breakout cables which I already have and aren't hard to find (purple/domino cables).
Any advice or any known issues with either the 9000 Pro or 9200 SE that would make one worth avoiding for including for reasons possibly not listed above?
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Received the AIW 9200 SE's and I haven't noticed any perceivable difference when it comes to actual capture/graphics performance despite the lower specs when it comes to capture/playback, though I need to do some more testing.
I was very happy that the capture PC was able to recognize the 9200 without having to mess with new drivers that could have broken the previously working 9000 setup with MMC. At first boot, it said driver wasn't installed, but then after letting it sit a bit and rebooting, it worked fine with the existing AIW 9000 drivers, so seems those the 9200 is a good backup card indeed if your 9000 goes bad.