Date: May 10th, 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 9600XT INTRODUCTION
On the review table today is ATI's All in Wonder alternative to the already immensely popular 9600XT mainstream videocard. What has made the 9600XT so popular? Well, to put it simply, the balance of performance without the high price associated with higher end enthusiast cards has made the 9600XT a hard option to turn down. With the standard 9600XT selling for about US$165, for US$60-70 more, you can transform your ordinary videocard into practically a complete multimedia center complete with sound and video editing, FM Radio and let's not forget the awesome television functionality.
In addition, you won't have to skimp on your gaming by cutting out quality for gaming performance. The 9600XT has enough performance to support high quality settings and still see very playable framerates at even 1280x1024 resolution.
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.
ATI CORPORATE 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 XT, 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. The product builds off the award winning success of the ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 PRO, the multimedia video graphics card that received numerous editors choice and best buy awards
ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 XT is the world's fastest mainstream VPU, powered by the RADEON™ 9600 XT running at new, higher speeds; the highest VPU speed ever offered on the market, in fact. With 100 per cent Microsoft® DirectX® 9 support for games of today and tomorrow, ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 XT 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, and TV output, ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 XT features the new REMOTE WONDER II, dual VGA support, and DVD/Video CD creation. In addition, the ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 XT comes fully loaded with the latest generation of ATI's award winning software suite: MULTIMEDIA CENTER 8.8. MULTIMEDIA CENTER 8.8 introduces some key new features into the ALL-IN-WONDER product line, including the ability to record television broadcasts to MPEG-4 and a new feature -- EAZYSHARE -- that allows for distribution of live television content throughout the home to multiple computers.
The 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 XT graphics card is accompanied by the new radio frequency (RF) REMOTE WONDER II. With a reach of more than 60 feet, the new radio-frequency remote control unit gives users access to all of the ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 XT 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.
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.