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ATI All-In-Wonder 9000 Pro
Multimedia and Gaming Power on a Budget

By: Jeff Bouton
May 25th, 2003


 

There are lots of companies on the market that develop hardware to bring TV to the PC but ATi is one that stands out ahead of the pack somewhat.  ATi has been making TV Tuner cards for many years now and their experience really shows.  Whether we're talking about their stand alone "VE" series TV cards or the versatile "All-In-Wonder" series, which combines a video card with TV capabilities, ATi has managed to perfect the process better than most and deliver top quality on screen output.  Offering solid products loaded with multimedia features is ATi's game and they play to win.  In fact, the All-In-Wonder family of video cards have a long history that has helped them become the benchmark by which all other TV Multi-Function cards have to measure up to.  The product line continues to evolve with ever increasing features and functionality, to satisfy the casual user or the dedicated gamer looking for high-end TV capability.

One way for ATi to remain ahead of the curve is to give their products features that no one else comes close to.  For example, ever since the introduction of the All-In-Wonder Radeon 7500 series, each All-In-Wonder comes with a "Remote Wonder".  The Remote Wonder gives the user a slew of RF remote control features without adding a lot to the cost of the product.  We were particularly surprised when ATi decided to include the Remote Wonder with the budget All-In-Wonder of the time.  What one would expect to be a perk reserved for the higher end Video/TV hybrids, ATi decided to make available to users on a budget.  ATi has kept that tradition alive with their latest budget All-In-Wonder offering that we'll cover for you today, the All-In-Wonder Radeon 9000 Pro.
 

Features of the All-In-Wonder RADEON 9000 Pro
Something Familiar with a Little Extra


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GRAPHICS TECHNOLOGY

  • Powered by the RADEON? 9000 PRO visual processor (VPU) clocked at 275MHz

MEMORY CONFIGURATION

  • 64MB of Double Data Rate SDRAM clocked at 540MHz

3D GRAPHICS FEATURES

  • Four parallel rendering pipelines process up to 1 billion pixels per second

SMARTSHADER? technology

  • Full support for DirectX 8.1 programmable pixel and vertex shaders in hardware

  • 1.4 pixel shaders support up to 6 textures per rendering pass

  • 1.1 vertex shaders support vertex programs up to 128 instructions

  • Complete feature set also supported in OpenGL via extensions

  • Programmable shaders provide enhanced 3D effects in over 100 existing and upcoming game titles

SMOOTHVISION?

  • Image quality enhancement features for Direct3D? and OpenGL applications

  • Programmable full-scene anti-aliasing

  • Supports 2 to 6 samples

  • Performance and quality modes

  • Advanced anisotropic filtering

  • Supports 2 to 16 samples

  • Bandwidth-saving algorithm enables this feature with minimal performance cost

CHARISMA ENGINE? II

  • High performance 2nd generation hardware transform and lighting engine

HYPERZ? II

  • Lossless Z-Buffer Compression and Fast Z-Buffer Clear increase memory bandwidth by up to 25%

DISPLAY FEATURES

  • Dual integrated display controllers
  • Drive two displays simultaneously with independent resolutions and refresh rates
  • HYDRAVISION? software provides complete control over multi-display configurations with a user-friendly interface
  • Dual integrated 10-bit per channel palette DACs operating at up to 400MHz
  • Integrated DVI-compliant 165MHz TMDS transmitter supports resolutions up to WUXGA (1920x1200) Integrated TV-Out support up to 1024x768 resolution

VIDEO FEATURES

  • VIDEO IMMERSION? II delivers industry-leading video playback

  • FULLSTREAM? Hardware accelerated de-blocking of Internet video streams

  • Integrated MPEG-2 decode including iDCT and motion compensation:

  • All format DTV/HDTV decode

  • Top quality DVD with lowest CPU usage

  • YUV to RGB color space conversion

  • Back-end scaler delivers top quality playback
  • 4-tap horizontal and vertical filtering
  • Upscaling and downscaling
  • Filtered display of images up to 1920 pixels wide
  • Unique per-pixel adaptive de-interlacing feature combines the best elements of the ?bob? and ?add-field? (weave) techniques
  • Hardware mirroring for flipping video images in video conferencing systems
  • Supports 8-bit alpha blending and video keying for effective overlay of video and graphics

GENERAL FEATURES

  • Comprehensive 2X and 4X AGP support
  • Compatible with AGP 8X universal motherboards
  • High performance dual-channel 128-bit DDR memory interface supports 32/64/128MB configurations
  • Fully compliant with PC 2002 requirements
  • Optimized for Pentium4 SSE2 and AMD Athlon? 3Dnow! processor instructions
  • Supports optional THEATER? 200 companion chip for NTSC/PAL/ SECAM video capture
  • Highly optimized 128-bit 2D engine with support for new WindowsXP GDI extensions

TV & DVD Features

  • Stereo TV tuner with 125 channels
  • TV-ON-DEMAND?: Pause live TV or record live broadcasts and get instant replays.
  • Use the integrated Gemstar GUIDE Plus+? Interactive Program Guide* to view and search TV listings. Schedule and record programs at the click of a mouse.
  • TV features including TV Magazine*, Hot Words* real-time word notification, and zoom & pan. Watch TV while browsing the web. Click through a translucent live TV window to access your desktop ? no more moving the TV window to get to your work!
  • Control the features of the ALL-IN-WONDER® 9000 PRO from another room in the house with the radio frequency remote control
  • Industry-leading DVD playback with AC-3 Digital Audio** output to enable Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • ATI?s VIDEO IMMERSION? II technology integrates industry-leading digital video features for unprecedented video quality
  • HYDRAVISION? software enables you to display information on a TV and monitor at the same time

ALSO INCLUDED

  • Remote Wonder

  • YPrPb Component Output dongle

  • Multimedia Center version 8.1


 

 


In typical ATi fashion, the All-In-Wonder 9000 Pro is a complete multimedia package.  The All-In-Wonder 9000 Pro package contained a comprehensive collection of documentation and hardware that aims to please with its straight forward approach to installation and use.  A clear, detailed manual is included for the video/TV-Card, covering all of the functionality for each component.  Another separate manual is included which covers the proper set up and usage of the versatile Remote Wonder.  To help the novice get a clear picture on the complete set up of the package, an excellent quick reference guide is provided which shows how each component of the All-In-Wonder is supposed to be connected.  To top things off, a copy of Pinnacle Studio 8 was included for handling some of the more advanced video editing tasks some users may have in mind.  Pinnacle Studio 8 is an excellent addition to the All-In-Wonder package, offering powerful video editing functionality with a simple, clean interface.

All of the necessary hardware is provided to take full advantage of the video card's TV input and Output capabilities.  While the card comes equipped to support DVI-I, ATi also provides a DVI-I to VGA adapter so support users with VGA monitors.  The ATi Input Adapter is included which enables all of the video cards video and audio input capabilities.  The unit comes with four ports which connect S-Video or Composite video, as well as separate left and right audio inputs from an external source.  Conversely, a four head adapter is also provided for TV out capabilities, sporting connections for S-Video, Composite Video, S/PDIF and analog audio out.  The perfect compliment to all of this functionality is the extremely versatile Remote Wonder which we'll cover in the pages ahead.

ATi has put together what appears to be a package that is loaded with multimedia features and has the promise of fair gaming potential as well.  Before we put this card to the test in the gaming arena, let's take a closer look at the All-In-Wonder Radeon 9000 Pro itself and the Remote Wonder.

The Card, Remote Wonder and More...

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