ATI All-In-Wonder PCI Express X600 Pro
Overclocking the AIW X600 Pro & Conclusion
We also spent some time overclocking the AIW X600 Pro. We were actually able to increase the AIW X600 Pro's core clock speed by about 16.75%, jumping from 400MHz to 467MHz. As expected, the memory didn't overclock too well, maxing out at only 610MHz, a gain of only 10MHz. In the end, this resulted in minimal performance gains when we ran our Half-Life 2 timedemo at 1600x1200 with 4X AA/8X Aniso, as you can see in the graph above.
With the All-In-Wonder X600 Pro, ATI brings all of the features we've come to expect from the All-In-Wonder series of cards to PCI Express. We found the improved PCB design with newly reworked input and output connections to be a welcomed change. We also liked the refined, smaller, tuner design and think ATi's Multimedia Center software gets better and better with each new revision. The only major drawbacks to the AIW X600 Pro in our opinion were the lack of a Remote Wonder, which is included with some other All-In-Wonder cards, and its price. At $210+, the AIW X600 Pro is about the same price as the AGP All-in-Wonder 9800 Pro, which is a much better performer.
From a 3D performance perspective, the AIW X600 Pro wasn't a game killer, but it did well on average. Most of the time the card trailed the X600 XT reference card by just a few frames per second overall. In the end, if you are a casual gamer, the All-In-Wonder X600 Pro should satisfy your needs. On the flip side, if you are a hardcore gamer looking for high-end performance, you may be better off picking up a standalone TV card like the HDTV Wonder, which comes with a remote, or hold out for a future All-In-Wonder with a more powerful VPU.
We give the ATI All-In-Wonder X600 Pro a Hot Hardware Heat Meter Rating of 8.