Date: June 30th, 2005.
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor / Hardware Reviewer)
Product was submitted by: ATI Technologies
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ATI ALL IN WONDER X800XT INTRODUCTION
Since its inception in late 2001, the All in Wonder line of multifunction videocards have been the most complete graphics card solution on the market bar none. There is absolutely no card that even has the chance at sniffing the toes of ATI's flagship videocard. Every competitive option that became available from other chip manufacturers were rendered obsolete before they even hit the market.
The reason for the early demise was simple. ATI never got lazy with their R&D and continued to refine, re-engineer and release new All in Wonder options on the market at a feverish pace. All targeted consumer genres had an All in Wonder option from budget to the expensive enthusiast. Almost every new generation had improvements above and beyond the faster core graphics processor.
Today I will be reviewing the flagship enthusiast targeted x800xt based All in Wonder for you today. As you will see in the upcoming pages, ATI has spared nothing with this new release and has tried there best to pack every single connection possible in order to allow the purchaser an option that is so complete and thoroughly setup that you will not need to purchase another videocard for quite some time.
To find out what I am talking about, keep on reading.
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 OVERVIEW & FEATURES (From ATI)
Multimedia entertainment is redefined with the new All-in-Wonder® X800 XT - the most complete multimedia and 3D gaming experience for your PC.
Built upon the award-winning powerful Radeon® X800 Visual Processing Unit (GPU), this new multimedia add-in video card brings innovative solutions for home theater, video editing and gaming enthusiasts. Turn your computer into a personal video recorder (PVR), DVD player, 3D game machine, radio jukebox and more. You can enjoy new levels of entertainment on your PC monitor, TV, or HDTV display, with the included output connections.
All-in-Wonder® X800 XT is the first video card to feature DVI-I and VGA monitor connectivity plus a TV and FM Radio tuner in a single slot device. This video card is also the first All-in-Wonder® to feature new input and output block connectors that provide easy access to peripheral devices.
All-in-Wonder® X800 XT features extraordinary video processing capabilities that reduce noise, intelligently de-interlace and accelerate video playback that produce unmatched video quality. With VideoShader™ HD , Radeon® X800 graphics technology takes advantage of its advanced video processing engine for user programmable video effects, video quality enhancement, and encoding and decoding of many video standards, including MPEG1/2/4, Real Media, DivX and Microsoft Windows Media Video 9. Radeon® X800 Graphics Technology also supports the latest high-definition and wide display formats, providing a larger, more vivid movie, gaming and internet experience.
The Gold Standard Solution for Media and Entertainment
ALL-IN-WONDER® X800XT 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® X800XT 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.