Overclocking and Final Thoughts
In our final round of testing, we took to overclocking the All-In-Wonder X800 XL using the latest version of ATITool.
Even though the All-In-Wonder X800 XL is rated for 400MHz VPU and 490MHz memory, the actual speeds for this card were 391MHz and 493MHz respectively. The top speed we were able to hit with the VPU while overclocking was 435MHz, a nice increase of 44MHz, equaling 11.25%. The memory increased much higher than we had hoped, easily passing Samsungs 500MHz rating, peaking at 560MHz. This resulted in a gain of 67MHz, equaling 13.6% over stock speed. This boost in MHz helped increase our FarCry results over 6.5 FPS at 1600x1200 with 4X AA and 8X Anisotropic Filtering enabled.
The All-In-Wonder X800 XL is the latest in a long line of "wonders", and the finest one we've seen thus far. ATI continues to provide an excellent collection of extra software, cabling and other hardware to make the All-In-Wonder X800 XL a truly all in one solution. ATI doesn't stop at melding a TV tuner to a video card, they provide all of the tools to make the All-In-Wonder the most complete offering of its kind. The only thing missing is a gaming title.
With the R430 at its core and updated Microtune 2121 TV Tuner, the All-In-Wonder X800 XL isn't as power hungry as previous models, nor does it require an additional power connector. The goal was to provide a relatively low power consumption product and it looks like ATI pulled it off. Even so, the All-In-Wonder manages to deliver respectable gaming performance in a broad range of testing while delivering the multimedia experience we've come to expect from ATI. With the maturation of the Catalyst driver set and Multimedia Center 9 software, our experience was virtually flawless, except for the Remote Wonder anomaly we reported earlier. The only real gripe we have in the end is it takes 15-20 minutes for all of the software and drivers to completely install.
Selling for $309 the All-In-Wonder X800 XL is a well rounded product for the price. Performance wise, the All-In-Wonder X800 XL competes on the same level as a GeForce 6800GT which sells in the same price bracket yet doesn't offer integrated TV or any of the other frills the All-In-Wonder brings to the game. With a complete package, competitive gaming performance and a sweet price tag, it's hard not to like the All-In-Wonder X800 XL. We give the ATI All-In-Wonder X800 XL a Hot Hardware Heat Meter of 9 and feel it certainly earned our Editor's Choice award.
|•Competes well with 6800GT
•Loads of Useful Software
•No Added Power Needed
|•No Games Included
•Long Installation Time