ATI All-In-Wonder X800 XT

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The Card & Its Features

If you're familiar with previous versions of ATI's All-In-Wonder cards, the AIW X800 XT should look somewhat familiar to you. There are however, a few things that help distinguish the All-In-Wonder X800 XT from other AIW products...

The ATI All-In-Wonder X800 XT
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On the surface, the All-In-Wonder X800 XT looks much like a standard Radeon X800 XT.  Both cards are equipped with a similar shaped, single-slot cooler and DVI / DB15 outputs. Also both cards are equipped with 256MB of GDDR3 RAM clocked at 500MHz (1GHz DDR) and a 500MHz R420, 16-pipe GPU. The All-In-Wonder X800 XT has much more going on "under the hood" though.  An obvious difference is the new purple and gold color scheme.  ATI is doing away with their traditional red PCBs on the AIW X800 XT to further differentiate the card from its standard counterparts.  Additionally the aluminum RAM-sinks, copper GPU cooler, and heat-plate installed on the tuner are plated with a gold-colored alloy.

The All-In-Wonder X800 XT also sports a new RF digital tuner. The Microtune MT2050 tuner used on this card replaces the much larger Philips "can" tuners previously used on most older AIW products to tune television and FM signals. The new tuner chip uses slightly less power than older can tuners, and because most of the necessary active tuner circuitry is consolidated into a single IC, the new silicon tuner requires much less PCB real estate. Using the MT2050 allowed ATI to use a PCB on the AIW X800 XT that was no larger than a standard Radeon X800 XT, while also being able to install a full-sized cooler on the GPU.  About the only thing that was "downsized" on this card is the auxiliary power connector. The AIW X800 XT requires a 4-pin floppy style power connector.  This poses somewhat of a problem because the male connector on the card is less durable than the larger 4-pin Molex connectors now used on most high-end cards, but if you're careful removing the plug, it shouldn't be an issue.

There are also a few differences visible on the backplate.  The All-In-Wonder Radeon X800 XT has three connectors on the backplate; a DB15 analog output, a DVI output and a custom connector that accepts the new input/output dongle mentioned on the previous page.  Eliminating the need to place F-Type connectors on the backplate allowed ATI to install a DVI connector along with a DB15 connector on the AIW X800 XT, a first for an All-in-Wonder.

Underneath the large GPU cooler, ATI's Theater 200 chip is also incorporated into this card. The Theater 200 chips handles the analog video decoding and stereo audio processing for the All-In-Wonder X800 XT.  The Theater 200 chip has a high quality vertical and horizontal scaler, as well as an adaptive 2D comb filter, which helps to refine images produced from a composite signal.  ATI also mentioned that the AIW X800 XT offers an improvement indigital audio. With this card,users no longer have to connect analog audio cables to get the sound signal that accompanies the video signal for digital video capture. 

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