ATI All-In-Wonder HD, A Legend Returns
Performance Analysis and Conclusion
From a video quality standpoint, the All-In-Wonder HD returned solid scores with HQV testing while displaying excellent quality from analog through HD content. We also found the power consumption added by the tuner increased nominally when cycling through the various signals. The All-In-Wonder HD does an excellent job presenting digital video content in a quality manner without creating excessive power consumption in order to do so.
With DTV broadcasting becoming mandatory in the United States in February 2009, the time is perfect to start a marketing push for HDTV tuner cards that can take full advantage of the next defacto TV standard. With its release of the All-In-Wonder HD, ATI/AMD is poised to bring a unique product to market that will be able to evolve with the new standard come next year. Surely, those looking for a high-end gaming solution will not be satisfied with the power of the Radeon HD 3650 that sits at the heart of the All-In-Wonder HD, but for HTPC enthusiasts looking for a system that can deliver a quality HD experience with comprehensive, broad support for various display options, the All-In-Wonder HD does not disappoint. Where the card lacks in gaming potential, it more than makes up for it in its video quality. Additionally, those running multiple monitors could consider using the All-In-Wonder HD as a secondary solution, maintaining an additional, more potent graphics option for gaming.
Is the All-In-Wonder HD a perfect fit for everyone? Not by any means, but with the popularity of multiple graphics slots on today's motherboards, the All-In-Wonder HD could be a consideration for those who otherwise might not give it a second look. And for the Home Theater PC crowd, this new Awiss Army Knife of a card from AMD, is a full featured product packed in a very efficient form factor. The All-In-Wonder HD is planned to be marketed through VisionTek and Diamond Multimedia with an MSRP of $199 USD. No pricing is available on the All-In-Wonder HD Accessory Kit at this time.
|•_Excellent Multimedia Features
•_Great HDTV Performance
•_ATI Catalyst Media Center
•_Low Power Consumption
|•_Modest Gaming Potential
•_Not CrossFire Capable
•_Single TV Tuner