Date: June 6th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: ATI Technologies
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ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world's foremost visual processor unit (VPU) provider and is dedicated to deliver leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital television, game console and handheld markets. With 2001 revenues in excess of US $1 billion, ATI has more than 1,900 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).
Face it, the All in Wonder line of videocards are second to none when compared to any other videocard on the market. The swiss army knife of videocards is loved by its owner and envied by consumers that would love to own one, but just can't seem to find the money to buy the latest 9700pro version. So, what did ATI figure out? Well, one thing is the fact that there are millions of consumers out there that would just love to get their technology starved hands on a Wonder. So ATI decided to release an all-in-one videocard for the rest of us common folk in the world, the All-in-Wonder 9000pro. As you will see in this review, this card has every single capability as its faster, more expensive brother. If you don't need a bleeding edge performance videocard, I think the US$199 you pay for this card will be a solid investment. And guess what, it's half the price of the equivalent 9700pro but not half the performance.
Since its introduction in 1996, ATI has sold over 3 Million ALL-IN-WONDER graphics cards. The original ALL-IN-WONDER was the first single-slot product in the industry to offer 2D, 3D, and multimedia video acceleration, TV output, an advanced TV tuner, and video capture. ATI was a technology leader with its first ALL-IN-WONDER video card and over the years the ALL-IN-WONDER cards have been established as the ultimate multimedia cards.
To build on their successes and to continue amazing their customers, they have introduced the ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO. Powered by the great performing RADEON 9000 VPU (video processing unit) with 64 MB DDR memory, it provides fast 3D graphics, top-quality DVD playback, intelligent TV on your PC with a stereo TV Tuner, TV-ON-DEMAND™ timeshifting, digital VCR with MPEG-2 compression, analog and digital video capture and editing and much more. The ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO is the all-in-one graphics card that will turn your PC into the ultimate entertainment device.
Also, on this remarkable graphics card is ATI's THEATER 200 chip, our third generation video capture part. THEATER 200 is a single chip analog video and stereo audio processor and is supported worldwide. The THEATER 200 chip provides superior video and audio quality to previous solutions in a single package.
The ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO graphics card is accompanied by our acclaimed radio frequency (RF) REMOTE WONDER. The REMOTE WONDER provides full control of the multimedia software and works without requiring line-of-site.
The industry leading software suite, CATALYST will be included with the ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO, delivering easy-to-use software for accessing the multimedia and graphics features. CATALYST brings a newly designed control panel to help users easily manage their settings, helping them finding the right balance between performance and image-quality; it includes software for the REMOTE WONDER, enabling users to map the keys on their REMOTE WONDER to drive their favorite applications from across the room - or another room altogether; lastly, it includes the Multimedia Center software, version 8.1, which guides the user through all the different media applications. Along with the software, CATALYST will also include the unified, Microsoft Windows Hardware Qualified (WHQL) certified drivers to ensure users have the best customer solution possible.
With the introduction of the new ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO, ATI offers an affordable TV, video, and 3D graphics card and raises the bar for transforming your PC into the ultimate home entertainment device.