Date: March 3rd, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: ATI Technologies
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ATI ALL IN WONDER RADEON 9200 INTRODUCTION
With the introduction of DirectX 9 to the gaming scene, videocard manufacturers were quick on the draw releasing their newest videocards to the market to take advantage of the new rendering features and lighting effects. To take advantage of the new specification, ATI themselves released the 9700, 9800 and last, but not least, the 9600 branded Radeon desktop videocards to the product shelf. Since their introduction, an All in Wonder flavor was also released to cover the computer enthusiast that just didn't want a normal videocard, but a peripheral that would turn their computer into a multimedia center.
With the 9800/9700 flavors covering the enthusiast and the 9600 covering the performance mainstream, the budget sector still didn't have its representative version...........until now.
Today I will be reviewing ATI's latest All in Wonder flavor, the Radeon 9200. With an extremely competitive pricepoint set in the US$150 range, ATI's goal is to bring an affordable complete multimedia videocard to the occasional DirectX 8.1 gamer.
ATI COMPANY PROFILE
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).
PRODUCT HISTORY (From ATI)
Over its evolving lifespan, the personal computer has seen many innovations. The highly acclaimed ALL-IN-WONDER single-slot graphics card has been an essential part of computer use since its introduction in 1996. With over 3 million sold worldwide, the ALL-IN-WONDER graphics card offers 2D, 3D, and multimedia video acceleration, TV output, an advanced TV tuner, and video capture all in one device. ATI continues to be a technology leader as evidenced by the establishment of the ALL-IN-WONDER cards as the ultimate multimedia video cards.
ATI Technologies Inc. is pleased to present you one of the three most recent additions to the award winning ALL-IN-WONDER line of advanced multimedia video cards: the ALL-IN-WONDER 9200. This card, combined with the advanced 3D power of the ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 Pro, the best-in-class performance of the upcoming ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 XT and the mainstream power of the ALL-IN-WONDER 9600, brings new levels of multimedia performance to the masses.
The ALL-IN-WONDER 9200 is our most advanced entry-level ALL-IN-WONDER to date. Powered by the RADEON 9200 graphics chip running at 250MHz and 128MB of DDR 128-bit memory at 400MHz, the ALL-IN-WONDER 9200 brings great full performance Microsoft DirectX 8.1 gaming and AGP 8X support to the $149 price point. But the ALL-IN-WONDER 9200 does not stop there. The ALL-IN-WONDER 9200 continues to deliver the great multimedia performance that has become expected of cards bearing the ALL-IN-WONDER name.
Powerful video and television in/out functions are powered by ATI's industry leading THEATER 200 audio video processor and advanced multimedia features are made possible with our latest MULTIMEDIA CENTER software, now upgraded to version 8.8. MULTIMEDIA CENTER 8.8 adds even more functionality to the ALL-IN-WONDER family of products, offering EAZYLOOK (a remote control interface for distance viewing), EAZYSHARE (a client/server application which allows for distributed live TV across a home network), integrated DVD and CD burning, and built-in MPEG-4 recording abilities. MULTIMEDIA CENTER 8.8 also includes support for all the great features that MULTIMEDIA CENTER has developed throughout the years including THRUVIEW (translucent TV viewing), MULTVIEW (picture-in-picture capabilities when used with a TV WONDER) and HOTWORDS (advanced closed caption detection and searching).
The ALL-IN-WONDER 9200 will be carried in Wal-Mart stores nationwide, enabling a new category of ALL-IN-WONDER buyers and will be introduced into the online retail channel in the early part of April.