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The ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 7500 Review
Not Just a TV Card

By, Jeff Bouton
April 4, 2002


 

Benchmarking With Serious Sam SE and Quake 3 
OpenGL

Serious Sam SE:

Next we set up Serious Sam SE to test the cards OpenGL capabilities.  In this round we ran at both 800x600x32 and 1024x768x32, comparing the results to the GeForce4 MX440.

Clearly both card pumped out much better frame rates in OpenGL, only this time the Radeon maintained the lead through out.

Now let's take a look at Quake 3


Quake 3:

With the Quake 3 tests, we ran the All-In-Wonder at 3 popular resolutions with the "High Quality" setting and texture quality maximized.  The results were compared to both the GeForce3 Ti500 and the GeForce4 MX440.

At both 800x600 and 1024x768, the ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 7500's performance was very good, although it didn't quite keep up with the GeForce4 MX440.

Once we set the resolution to 1600x1200, the FPS really dropped with both the Radeon card and the GeForce4 MX440, although the GeForce4 stayed above 60FPS.  Nonetheless, with a little overclocking adjustment, the All-In-Wonder Radeon 7500 might be able to reach 60FPS.

The ATi All-In-Wonder Radeon 7500 is a feature rich video card with both competitive 3D performance and excellent TV qualities.  When it comes to TV cards, ATi long ago cornered the market with their All-In-Wonder product line.  Recently nVidia has entered the game by offering "Personal Cinema" video cards, one of which Dave reviewed here.  Like the All-In-Wonder, the Personal Cinema package offers a wide variety of features as well, although it is currently only powered by the lower end GeForce2 MX GPU.  Consider that both items carry an MSRP of $199 and the decision should be an easy one.  In our tests, the Radeon 7500 GPU may not have beaten the scores of the GeForce4 MX440 in every test but it sure held its own very well.    If you are a serious gamer who has to have the fastest video card on the market but you want a TV card, you may want to consider a stand alone PCI card over the ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 7500 or opt for the more expensive Radeon 8500DV.  However, if your primary role is to have excellent TV and video quality and the ability to play a graphically intensive game on occasion, the All-In-Wonder Radeon 7500 should serve you well. 

The ATi All-In-Wonder Radeon 7500 is a great all around video card with a lot of fun and useful features.  Although it may be a bit under powered for the hard core gamer, the casual user interested in a card with robust multimedia features, should look no further than the ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 7500. 

We'll give the ATi All-In-Wonder Radeon 7500 a Hot Hardware Heat Meter Rating of an 8!


 

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