Date: October 16th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: ATI Technologies
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ATI ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 9600 PRO INTRODUCTION
The runaway success of the ALL-IN-WONDER series from ATI has been nothing but awe inspiring. There isn't a sole company that can suggest or even imply that their product has close to the same value and features that are packed into ATI's all-in-one card. There is an ALL-IN-WONDER for every computer user. For example, if you are on a budget, you can purchase the AIW Radeon 9000pro which has all the features, but just a slower DirectX 8.1 compliant core. If you are not in the budget market and consider yourself a computer enthusiast and need it all at break neck speeds, then the AIW Radeon 9800pro will definitely be having you flying through your favorite games at break neck speeds.
What you will be reading today is ATI's answer the mainstream market where the user wants all the features of the 9000pro, but with full DirectX 9 capability and excellent gaming framerates and an easier to swallow pricetag.
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.
The newest offering, the ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 PRO, is the foundation for the perfect entertainment device: TV player, Personal Video Recorder, DVD and CD player, video editing platform, and now FM radio player that even includes an alarm clock.
ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 PRO includes a higher speed version of ATI's RADEON™ 9600 PRO graphics chip for amazing graphics performance. With 100 per cent Microsoft® DirectX® 9 support for games of today and tomorrow, ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 PRO users can explore stunning new worlds of cinematic gameplay with the unprecedented combination of power and performance, The video card offers long-term entertainment value with its quad-pipe architecture and high precision cinematic shaders that will result in amazing visual gaming experiences to excite devoted gamers and casual fans alike.
With 128 MB of high performance DDR memory, industry leading DVD/video playback, TV Out, ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 PRO features the new REMOTE WONDER II, dual VGA support, and DVD/Video CD creation with ATI's MULTIMEDIA CENTER 8.6.
The new tuner delivers FM Radio capability to the PC including FM-ON-DEMAND that timeshifts radio content to allow for pausing or exporting to MP3 file formats, 10 preset radio stations, capabilities to edit station identifiers, plus alarm and sleep settings.
The ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 PRO graphics card will also support the upcoming new radio frequency (RF) REMOTE WONDER II (available as an optional upgrade). With a reach of more than 60 feet, the new radio-frequency remote control unit will give users access to all of the ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 PRO functions plus quick access to all computer applications. Other features include new tactile mouse control, six programmable buttons, four auxiliary buttons, full integration with MULTIMEDIA CENTER applications, color coded-buttons for European Teletext feature, and future upgradeability
ATI's Theater 200 chip, a third generation video capture part offers unparalleled support for TV decode. Theater 200 is a single chip analog video and stereo audio processor and is supported world wide.
The acclaimed EAZYLOOK™ offers an eye-catching distance interface viewable from the couch that includes on-screen display for home theater settings, and now includes channel surfing, scheduling of recording events, plus export of TV-ON-DEMAND.