ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon X1800 XL
Introduction, Specifications & Bundle
It has only been about six weeks since ATI officially unveiled their new Radeon X1K family of products, but the Canadian based graphics giant is already introducing a new addition to the line-up today. It probably comes as no surprise to many of you that, in parrallel with their X1K family of products launch, engineers at ATI were also hard at work on a brand new "All-In-Wonder" featuring one of the company's new GPUs.
The culmination of their efforts is the new All-In-Wonder X1800 XL, pictured below. This card has all of the same features as the "standard" Radeon X1800 XL, including a 16-pipeline, SM 3.0 class GPU clocked at 500MHz and 256MB of high-speed GDDR3 frame buffer memory. But in addition to the features offered by ATI's relatively new GPU, the All-In-Wonder X1800 XL also sports all of the multimedia functionality that the All-In-Wonder line of products is known for. We were recently given the opportunity to evaluate the All-In-Wonder X1800 XL and will present our findings on the following pages. Read on and feast your eyes on arguably the most feature-rich video card created to date.
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Features - ATI Radeon X1800 XL
Ring Bus Memory Controller
Avivo Video and Display Engine
Advanced Image Quality Features
•_Watch up to 125 channels on your computer
•_Personal Video Recorder functionality allows users to record programs on your hard drive, pause live TV and resume broadcasts on your schedule
•_Listen to Stereo FM on your PC
•_Gemstar GUIDE Plus+ provides free interactive programming guides to select, schedule and record your favorite shows
•_Control your computer from a distance using your Remote Wonder PLUS or MCE Remote Control** (optional)
•_Easily capture and edit your home videos and burn to DVD's/Video CD
•_Enjoy dual tuner capabilities such as Picture-in-Picture with ATI's MultiView *
•_Theatre 200 video decoder powers your PC with high quality video
•_Transfer high-definition component video output via a YPrPb adapter
•_DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcast-Terrestrial)portable and mobile TV support in Europe
•_Windows XP Media Center Edition compatible
Includes free software:
•_Adobe Photoshop Elements 4
•_Adobe Premiere Elements 2
•_ATI Bonus DVD
•_Gemstar GUIDE Plus+
Unfortunately, we did not receive a "retail-ready" All-In-Wonder X1800 XL for evaluation, so we cannot show you exactly what will be included in the retail bundle. What we have pictured for you below, however, are all of the cables and dongles that will be included with the All-In-Wonder X1800 XL.
The "domino" style, stackable input-output dongles that ATI recently introduced to the All-In-Wonder line of products make a return appearance here, along with a another custom dongle that houses a standard analog-DB15 monitor connector and a couple of additional connectors for the "domino" blocks. Also pictured above are an S-Video cable, a standard composite video cable, and a simple di-pole FM antenna. A couple of other items were included with our sample as well, like a Remote Wonder Plus and obviously the card itself, but we'll show you those items a little later on. The full list of items that will be bundled with the All-In-Wonder Radeon X1800 XL include:
|1 x Composite video cable (Yellow RCA connectors)
1 x A/V out domino block labelled AV OUT on the black connector with S-Video and composite output
1 x A/V out domino block labelled AV OUT on the red connector for YPrPb output
1 x S-Video cable (Black)
1 x FM di-pole antenna (Translucent gold wiring)
1 x Black hub (VGA out, input for purple connector, output for black connector)
1 x A/V input domino block with S-video and composite input
1 x Remote Wonder Plus (with batteries)
1 x Install CD
1 x Adobe applications disk (Photoshop Elements 4 & Premiere Elements 2)
1 x Users Manual
1 x Installation guide
If you're familiar with some of the other products in ATI's All-In-Wonder line-up, you may notice a big change with the All-In-Wonder X1800 XL's software bundle. In lieu of Pinnacle Studio, which has been bundled with All-In-Wonder cards for the last couple of years, ATI is now including full versions of Adobe Premiere Elements 2 and Photoshop Elements 4. This is a big change, for the better in our opinion. Adobe's image and video editing products are among the best available for the PC.