ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon X1800 XL

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Introduction, Specifications & Bundle

It has only been about six weeks since ATI officially unveiled their new Radeon X1K family of products, but the Canadian based graphics giant is already introducing a new addition to the line-up today. It probably comes as no surprise to many of you that, in parrallel with their X1K family of products launch, engineers at ATI were also hard at work on a brand new "All-In-Wonder" featuring one of the company's new GPUs.

The culmination of their efforts is the new All-In-Wonder X1800 XL, pictured below. This card has all of the same features as the "standard" Radeon X1800 XL, including a 16-pipeline, SM 3.0 class GPU clocked at 500MHz and 256MB of high-speed GDDR3 frame buffer memory. But in addition to the features offered by ATI's relatively new GPU, the All-In-Wonder X1800 XL also sports all of the multimedia functionality that the All-In-Wonder line of products is known for. We were recently given the opportunity to evaluate the All-In-Wonder X1800 XL and will present our findings on the following pages. Read on and feast your eyes on arguably the most feature-rich video card created to date.

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ATI All-In-Wonder X1800 XL
The New Multimedia Flagship

Features - ATI Radeon X1800 XL
• 321 million transistors on 90nm fabrication process
• Ultra-threaded architecture with fast dynamic branching
• Sixteen pixel shader processors
• Eight vertex shader processors
• 256-bit 8-channel GDDR3/GDDR4 memory interface
• Native PCI Express x16 bus interface
• Dynamic Voltage Control

Ring Bus Memory Controller
• 512-bit internal ring bus for memory reads
• Programmable intelligent arbitration logic
• Fully associative texture, color, and Z/stencil cache designs
• Hierarchical Z-buffer with Early Z test
• Lossless Z Compression (up to 48:1)
• Fast Z-Buffer Clear
• Z/stencil cache optimized for real-time shadow rendering
• Optimized for performance at high display resolutions, including widescreen HDTV resolutions

Ultra-Threaded Shader Engine
• Support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 programmable vertex and pixel shaders in hardware
• Full speed 128-bit floating point processing for all shader operations
• Up to 512 simultaneous pixel threads
• Dedicated branch execution units for high performance dynamic branching and flow control
• Dedicated texture address units for improved efficiency
• 3Dc+ texture compression
_o High quality 4:1 compression for normal maps and two-channel data formats
_o High quality 2:1 compression for luminance maps and single-channel data formats
• Multiple Render Target (MRT) support
• Render to vertex buffer support
• Complete feature set also supported in OpenGL 2.0

Avivo Video and Display Engine
• High performance programmable video processor
_o Accelerated MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, WMV9, VC-1, and H.264 decoding (including DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-ray playback), encoding & transcoding
_o DXVA support
_o De-blocking and noise reduction filtering
_o Motion compensation, IDCT, DCT and color space conversion
_o Vector adaptive per-pixel de-interlacing
_o 3:2 pulldown (frame rate conversion)
• Seamless integration of pixel shaders with video in real time
• HDR tone mapping acceleration
_o Maps any input format to 10 bit per channel output
• Flexible display support
_o Dual integrated dual-link DVI transmitters
_o DVI 1.0 / HDMI compliant and HDCP ready
_o Dual integrated 10 bit per channel 400 MHz DACs
_o 16 bit per channel floating point HDR and 10 bit per channel DVI output
_o Programmable piecewise linear gamma correction, color correction, and color space conversion (10 bits per color)
_o Complete, independent color controls and video overlays for each display
_o High quality pre- and post-scaling engines, with underscan support for all outputs
_o Content-adaptive de-flicker filtering for interlaced displays
_o Xilleon™ TV encoder for high quality analog output
_o YPrPb component output for direct drive of HDTV displays
_o Spatial/temporal dithering enables 10-bit color quality on 8-bit and 6-bit displays
_o Fast, glitch-free mode switching
_o VGA mode support on all outputs
• Compatible with ATI TV/Video encoder products, including Theater 550

Advanced Image Quality Features
• 64-bit floating point HDR rendering supported throughout the pipeline
_o Includes support for blending and multi-sample anti-aliasing
• 32-bit integer HDR (10:10:10:2) format supported throughout the pipeline
_o Includes support for blending and multi-sample anti-aliasing
• 2x/4x/6x Anti-Aliasing modes
_o Multi-sample algorithm with gamma correction, programmable sparse sample patterns, and centroid sampling
_o New Adaptive Anti-Aliasing feature with Performance and Quality modes
_o Temporal Anti-Aliasing mode
_o Lossless Color Compression (up to 6:1) at all resolutions, including widescreen HDTV resolutions
• 2x/4x/8x/16x Anisotropic Filtering modes
_o Up to 128-tap texture filtering
_o Adaptive algorithm with Performance and Quality options
• High resolution texture support (up to 4k x 4k)

TV-Tuner Requirements
_TV signal from amplified antenna or cable. Versions available for:
_NTSC (North America, Japan and Latin America)
_Universal PAL/Secam/DVB-T (Europe and International PAL/Secam/DVB-T countries)
_MulTView requires additional supported ATI PCI TV Wonder card, compatible motherboard and soundcard

*Features vary from country to country and depending on the television standard. Note that Latin American countries using the PAL M and PAL N standards including Argentina and Brazil are supported by the NTSC version.

_DVI-I and VGA
_Stereo audio
_Composite video inputs
_Composite video outputs
_External stereo connections to sound card's line input and output
_YPrPb Output adapter (available in North America)

_Watch up to 125 channels on your computer
_Personal Video Recorder functionality allows users to record programs on your hard drive, pause live TV and resume broadcasts on your schedule
_Listen to Stereo FM on your PC
_Gemstar GUIDE Plus+ provides free interactive programming guides to select, schedule and record your favorite shows
_Control your computer from a distance using your Remote Wonder PLUS or MCE Remote Control** (optional)
_Easily capture and edit your home videos and burn to DVD's/Video CD
_Enjoy dual tuner capabilities such as Picture-in-Picture with ATI's MultiView *
_Theatre 200 video decoder powers your PC with high quality video
_Transfer high-definition component video output via a YPrPb adapter
_DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcast-Terrestrial)portable and mobile TV support in Europe
_Windows XP Media Center Edition compatible

Includes free software:
_Adobe Photoshop Elements 4
_Adobe Premiere Elements 2
_ATI Bonus DVD
_Gemstar GUIDE Plus+


Unfortunately, we did not receive a "retail-ready" All-In-Wonder X1800 XL for evaluation, so we cannot show you exactly what will be included in the retail bundle. What we have pictured for you below, however, are all of the cables and dongles that will be included with the All-In-Wonder X1800 XL.



The "domino" style, stackable input-output dongles that ATI recently introduced to the All-In-Wonder line of products make a return appearance here, along with a another custom dongle that houses a standard analog-DB15 monitor connector and a couple of additional connectors for the "domino" blocks.  Also pictured above are an S-Video cable, a standard composite video cable, and a simple di-pole FM antenna. A couple of other items were included with our sample as well, like a Remote Wonder Plus and obviously the card itself, but we'll show you those items a little later on. The full list of items that will be bundled with the All-In-Wonder Radeon X1800 XL include:

1 x Composite video cable (Yellow RCA connectors)
1 x A/V out domino block labelled AV OUT on the black connector with S-Video and composite output
1 x A/V out domino block labelled AV OUT on the red connector for YPrPb output
1 x S-Video cable (Black)
1 x FM di-pole antenna (Translucent gold wiring)
1 x Black hub (VGA out, input for purple connector, output for black connector)
1 x A/V input domino block with S-video and composite input
1 x Remote Wonder Plus (with batteries)
1 x Install CD
1 x Adobe applications disk (Photoshop Elements 4 & Premiere Elements 2)

1 x Users Manual
1 x Installation guide

If you're familiar with some of the other products in ATI's All-In-Wonder line-up, you may notice a big change with the All-In-Wonder X1800 XL's software bundle. In lieu of Pinnacle Studio, which has been bundled with All-In-Wonder cards for the last couple of years, ATI is now including full versions of Adobe Premiere Elements 2 and Photoshop Elements 4. This is a big change, for the better in our opinion. Adobe's image and video editing products are among the best available for the PC.

Tags:  ATI, Radeon, x1, 180

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