Causing a "Little Trouble"
To give you
another perspective on what can be expected with OpenGL
games, we loaded up CroTeam's Serious Sam - The Second
Encounter. With this test we used the Beyond3D scripts
commonly used for equalizing the settings for both ATi and
nVidia products. With the quality settings configured
to maximum, we launched the "Little Trouble" demo and
clocked the results.
based card did a fine job as driving this game at both
resolutions, however, the GeForce FX card got tripped up at
1280x1024. It seems that the All-In-Wonder Radeon 9000
Pro was ahead of the curve with Serious Sam, solidly beating
the newer FX5200.
As we said
when we started out, ATi has been doing the TV card thing
for quite some time and their experience shows with each new
product release. We are continually impressed with the
packages they put together, more specifically the value
found with the All-Inb-Wonder product line. It's
obvious that ATi spends a lot of time trying to find the
right balance between features and price and they've
succeeded with the All-In-Wonder 9000 Pro. Geared
toward the enthusiast on a budget, the All-In-Wonder 9000
Pro delivers high quality TV and Multimedia capabilities
with fair 3D gaming performance as well. It's TV
output quality from the on board Philps Tuner was excellent,
rivaling any integrated or discrete solution we've seen to
date. Finally, the Remote Wonder is a terrific
compliment to the All-In-Wonder 9000 Pro, which enhances
this TV/Video card combo, for more than just TV on your PC
but it also gives it a real "entertainment center" sort of
when we rate a product, we take into account what the
product has to offer, its quality, what is included in the
package and the all important price-to-performance ratio.
While the All-In-Wonder Radeon 9000 Pro is not going to
break any speed records in 3D gaming, it definitely is still
up to the task, even with the likes of Unreal Tournament
2003. We would've liked to see AGP 8X and DirectX9
support, but the card put up some respectable benchmarking
scores against a product that had those capabilities.
Ultimately, the All-In-Wonder Radeon 9000 Pro offers a nice
balance of abilities that make it an attractive card for the
suggested price of $199.
We give the All-In-Wonder Radeon 9000
Pro from ATi a Hot Hardware Heat Meter rating of a 9.
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