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Nvidia has launched its latest alternative to arch-rival ATI's All-in-Wonder series of graphics cards, this one based on its GeForce FX 5700 graphics chip.

The Personal Cinema FX 5700 essentially combines the usual 3D graphics technology with a software bundle pitched at more video-oriented users than the gamers the company's other products target.

The card contains a TV tuner module which links to Nvidia's playback software and its TiVO-style personal video recorder code. There's an FM radio in there too. All of it can be operated using a remote control and bundled USB-connected receiver.

Punters who like to create and edit their own televisual treats can do so using bundled video capture and DVD mastering software.

The Personal Cinema FX 5700 goes on sale today in the US via Nvidia partner eVGA.com. European and Asian versions are also available, Nvidia said.

In the UK, the company said it had begun shipping its NVTV TV tuner card, which provides much of the radio and personal video recorder functionality offered by the Personal Cinema FX 5700.

NVTV is offered in both the NTSC and PAL formats. In addition to being sold as a standalone product, NVIDIA NVTV is also available as a certified hardware solution for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004. The product is available from add-in card vendors including Albatron, AOpen, Chaintech, Gainward, Gigabyte, Point of View, PNY, Prolink, Sparkle, and XFX. ®

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