Date: December 24th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: ATI
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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).
With ATI covering every consumer genre with an All in Wonder AGP option, the PCI Express based consumer hasn't had an option to install in their new motherboard until now. I have to be honest, I myself did not know they were releasing a PCI Express model until the package ended up at my door.
The All in Wonder X600 pro is targeted towards the end user who requires a full featured multimedia card, but does not require the high end power required for the higher end games such as Doom 3 and Half Life 2. This card is not meant for blistering frame rates, but is intended for the occasional gamer that likes to play the odd game from time while enjoying all the other features packed into this amazing videocard.
As I have said before and will state again, the All in Wonder line of videocards are THE best videocard line on the market period. There is nothing on the market that allows you to game, watch TV, listen to FM radio, and view, transfer and edit you video files in such a seamless fashion. Instead of a videocard, you get a full audio and video control center.
Let's see how ATI's first PCI Express based All in Wonder makes the cut.
PRODUCT OVERVIEW (From ATI)
The only PCI Express®- Powered Multimedia and 3D Gaming Upgrade
Launch your PC into a new realm of advanced TV, DVD, FM, and audio/video features for home theater and video editing with the ALL-IN-WONDER® X600 PRO. Including support for the latest high-definition and wide displays, the ALL-IN-WONDER® X600 PRO’s new PCI Express® interface rockets through graphics barriers with double the bandwidth of AGP 8X for best-in-class gaming performance.
PCI Express® Graphics Power and Video Quality
ALL-IN-WONDER® X600 PRO’s new bi-directional PCI Express interface delivers up to 4GB/sec in both upstream and downstream data transfers, adding the crucial bandwidth needed for next-generation High-Definition video editing. Offering full DirectX® 9 support and 256MB DDR memory configuration, the ALL-IN-WONDER® X600 PRO’s high frame rates and cinematic video quality creates an improved gaming experience. Accelerated video processing with user-programmable video effects, de-interlacing, and reduced video noise make the ALL-IN-WONDER® X600 PRO an ideal video editing platform, supporting many standards including MPEG-1/2/4, Real Media, DivX, and the demanding Microsoft Windows Media Video 9 format
The Gold Standard Solution for Media and Entertainment
ALL-IN-WONDER® X600 PRO includes everything you need to transform your PC into the ideal home theater-quality entertainment center. Enjoy advanced 125-channel TV, FM Radio, DVD, and video recording and playback. Record programs to your hard drive with full on-demand PVR functionality, record and play back digital audio, and use the embedded DVD burning capability. Connect dual monitors with separate DVI-I and VGA connections.
Experience crisp video and sound with ATI THEATER 200™, and control TV and DVD playback at a distance with the easy-to-read EAZYLOOK™ on-screen user interface. Zoom-in, pan, or freeze live-action TV with TV-ON-DEMAND™, and instantly replay tunes with FM-ON-DEMAND™. Schedule program viewing with Gemstar GUIDE Plus+™. Monitor closed-captioned programs unattended with HOTWORDS™, and automatically create printable program transcripts with TV MAGAZINE™. ALL-IN-WONDER® X600 PRO includes innovative new input and output modular block connectors for easy access to your peripheral devices, making your PC the high-performance hub of your entire digital home.
Unrivaled Stability and Software Support
ALL-IN-WONDER® X600 PRO includes ATI’s acclaimed MULTIMEDIA CENTER™ integrated software suite and CATALYST™ 3D acceleration control software. CATALYST™ automatically configures optimal settings for your system, and automatically resets the graphics processor in the unlikely event of a graphics hang. With frequent updates, responsive customer service, and an interactive user feedback program, the ALL-IN-WONDER® X600 PRO is backed by ATI’s technical confidence, industry-leading capability, and an uncompromising commitment to creating your ultimate home entertainment experience.