ATI All-In-Wonder PCI Express X600 Pro
Introduction and Product Specifications
If you are looking to add a TV tuner card to your computer, there are a broad range of choices currently available, ranging from economical solutions to high-end cards that offer more advanced capabilities. However, if you are looking for a TV/Video card combination, there are fewer choices, namely NVIDIA's Personal Cinema, S3's OmniChrome and the more popular All-In-Wonder series from ATI.
The All-In-Wonder series has been around for a very long time, with ATI pioneering the concept well over a decade ago. What was initially a novelty to some has evolved into a strong product line that offers a complete solution right out of the box. Combining a video card and TV card onto a single PCB allows ATI to build a compact product that works seamlessly together as a single slot solution.
Today, we are going to take a close look at the latest All-In-Wonder, and ATI's first PCI Express model in this space, the All-In-Wonder X600 Pro. This is more than a move from AGP to PCI Express though. ATI not only redesigned the card with a smaller, refined TV/FM tuner, they also went back to the drawing board with how the model handles its myriad of inputs and outputs. Let's take a look and see what makes this card so different from its predecessors.
Operating Systems Support
TV Tuner Requirements
New and Uniquely Designed Connectors
The bundle that accompanies the All-In-Wonder X600 Pro is inherently different from previous versions. The most noticeable difference is the type of connectors included in the package and the lack of a Remote Wonder, which was included in several previous editions of the All-In-Wonder. To connect the antenna for TV and Radio as well as the input and output blocks, ATI now uses a customized dongle. This allows them to funnel all of these connections down to one single connection on the card itself. We like this idea, which also gives them the added benefit of not sacrificing a monitor connection to accommodate the other inputs. The other item that's missing is a DVI to VGA adapter which has now been designated an "optional" item.
The Input and Output blocks are much more desirable over the previous designs. The Input block (purple cable) offers both S-Video and Composite inputs as well as Audio inputs. The Output block sports the same combination of outputs along with separate S/PDIF, Audio and Line outs. Also note that the green audio out connector is a pass-through, so it falls in line with your computer speakers, utilizing the same port on the sound card. Additionally, each block has nubs on one side and sockets on the other so they can interlock with the other. This makes it a bit easier to keep things tidy, which can be hard with each connection filled.