Date: March 25th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: ATI Technologies
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ATI ALL IN WONDER 9600 INTRODUCTION
Very recently I was happy to review the All in Wonder 9200 (Review HERE)which is soon to be released onto the market to quench the thirst of the consumer that wants all the power and flexibility of the All in Wonder series without the cost.
Through some reader feedback I found out that a lot of people found the AIW 9200 was just perfect for them, but, there were others that found the 3D gaming benchmarks and gaming to be a little on the low side for their liking. Well folks, ATI has been doing their homework and found yet another niche to fill with an associated All in Wonder choice.
Set at a release price of US$199 with the included Remote Wonder (Review: HERE), the AIW 9600 is meant to bring better gaming then that was offered by the AIW 9200 without having the consumer to have to fork over US$100 more to go with the next highest option which is the AIW 9600 pro (Review: HERE).
With very decent gaming set at a very competitive price, their is an excellent chance that this card could be deemed the "perfect" card for the mainstream user. Face it, for US$199, you turn your computer into a feature filled multimedia hub for all your digital/analog audio and video needs.
As I have said time and time again in the past, once you go with an All in Wonder, you will NEVER go back to a standard videocard again.
Trust me on this....... ;)
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 9600. 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 entry-level ALL-IN-WONDER 9200, enables a high-quality multimedia and 3D gaming experience.
The ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 provides 3D gaming power never before experienced in a mainstream multimedia card. The ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 is powered by the RADEON 9600 graphics chip, a full performance Microsoft DirectX 9 part. The 325MHz engine on the ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 enables high-quality DirectX 9 gaming, bringing realistic game play to the latest generation games. A full 128MB of 128-bit DDR memory at 400MHz ensures that the graphically demanding games run smoothly so not a second of the action is missed. To top it off, the ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 is passively cooled, enabling a fully silent gaming and multimedia experience.
The ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 continues some of the great traditions established in the ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 PRO. For instance, the ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 is now the second ALL-IN-WONDER card to offer dual VGA monitor support that increases productivity by working on two documents simultaneously or increases entertainment abilities by viewing TV on one monitor while working on the other.
The ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 also makes use of ATI's industry leading audio/video processor: THEATER 200. With higher quality than competing chips, the THEATER 200 enables the best quality video on the PC.
The ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 also ships with the latest MULTIMEDIA CENTER 8.8 software. 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 9600 comes out of the box ready to entertain. The package includes ATI's REMOTE WONDER RF remote control with a 30' range and five full software packages including Pinnacle Studio 8.0, the most advanced video editing software on the market.