ATI All-In-Wonder RADEON 9000 Pro

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

By: Jeff Bouton
May 25th, 2003

Serious Sam-TSE
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.

The Radeon 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 feel.

Typically, 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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