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#1 road-runner

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 09:16 PM

I am getting one when they come out...


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And you thought Microsoft bringing back the SideWinder was gnarly. Announced today, AMD is resurrecting the long-standing AIW line with its first-ever high-definition variant: the $199 ATI All-in-Wonder HD. The PCI Express 2.0 card attempts to handle both PC gaming and HDTV duties by boasting specs like DirectX 10.1 support, a 725MHz engine clock, 600MHz memory clock and MPEG2 / VC-1 / H.264 video decoder acceleration. You'll also find Vista and AMD LIVE! certification badges to go along with the dual-link DVI port, HDMI jack (which supports 5.1 Dolby Digital transmission) and optional component video connectivity. As expected, users can capture live programs (as well as pause / rewind) in SD or HD over-the-air, and there's even support for ClearQAM. For those looking to take their clips elsewhere, the bundled Avivo software converts it for viewing on some of today's most popular handhelds (yes, including the iPod). Look for models from Diamond Multimedia and VisionTek to hit retailers in North America late next month. Full release after the jump.

AMD Expands The Ultimate Visual Experience™ Combining Exceptional HD Graphics, HDTV, and HD Video for PCs
One-of-a-kind ATI All-In-Wonder™ HD takes the home theater PC to new levels of TV enjoyment and graphics quality

Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 26 , 2008 -AMD (NYSE: AMD) today expanded The Ultimate Visual Experience™ for North America with the ATI All-In-Wonder™ HD, combining award-winning ATI Radeon™ Premium graphics and ATI TV Wonder™ HD tuner technology card in one PCI Express® 2.0 solution. As the newest multimedia powerhouse to join the long line of All-In-Wonder offerings, ATI All-in-Wonder HD transforms the PC into a highly immersive digital video recorder for HDTV and analog TV, plus expands the realm of exceptional gaming with cinematic HD graphics for mainstream PCs. Blu-ray™ disc playback can be enjoyed in full HD glory (1080p) thanks to ATI All-in-Wonder HD's unified video decoder (UVD) technology, ensuring movies play back smoothly and with incredible detail2.

AMD LIVE!™ Ready and Certified for Windows Vista®, ATI All-In-Wonder HD has a manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) of $199, includes capabilities to watch and record free-to-air HDTV, unencrypted digital cable programming3, and superb analog TV reception powered by ATI Theater™ 650 Pro hardware MPEG-2 encoding technology. All-In-Wonder HD merges the best of the ATI TV Wonder™ product line with ATI Radeon Premium Graphics to deliver The Ultimate Visual Experience.

"Never before has this level of HDTV and graphics performance been seen in an all-in-one PC multimedia solution," said Matt Skynner, vice president of marketing, Graphics Products Group, AMD. "The award-winning ATI All-In-Wonder lineage is built on long-standing leadership in TV and video on the PC. For the hundreds of thousands of owners of previous ATI All-In-Wonder models and for those hungry to realize the full potential of their PC, we're excited and proud to introduce the newest addition to AMD's PCTV product family."

ATI All-in-Wonder HD prepares you for brilliant TV, sharp images and smooth playback on a wide variety of HDTVs and displays. With support for Microsoft DirectX® 10.1, gamers can play the top HD games with life-like 3D graphics, stunning realism, and great shading effects. Full support for PCI Express 2.0 technology allows for twice the throughput of current PCI Express 1.0 cards, which means gamers will be ready for demanding graphic applications.

ATI All-in-Wonder HD further expands TV viewing capabilities with support for Windows® Media Center bundled with Windows Vista® Home Premium and Windows Vista® Ultimate editions, as well as Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005. The ATI All-in-Wonder HD complements media-rich AMD LIVE! PCs.

Featured with ATI All-in-Wonder HD is ATI Catalyst Media Center™ software that provides an easy path to view TV programs in a variety of entertainment environments and mobile video devices. Recorded TV programs and home videos can be quickly converted into the most popular formats for viewing video on portable media devices4. Digitize and preserve priceless moments and start building your video library. ATI Catalyst Media Center software includes a scalable TV interface with integrated TV programming info, DVD video authoring and movie playback, and video conversion technologies5. A second bundled AMD LIVE!™ Entertainment Suite CD includes AMD LIVE!™ On Demand to access the DVR from any computer with broadband connectivity and AMD LIVE!™ Explorer that provides an immersive way of managing and interacting with your entertainment library. Explore your complete digital collections of music, photos, and videos in a single window, in full 3D6.

With Home Theater environments in mind, ATI All-in-Wonder HD provides expanded connectivity with built-in support for six channel (5.1) Dolby Digital® surround audio transmission through HDMI, native dual-link DVI-I for high resolution panels, and optional component video connectivity.


Available through Diamond Multimedia and VisionTek at leading computer retailers and etailers across North America by late July, ATI All-In-Wonder HD is designed to take home theater PCs to the next level of multimedia performance.

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 09:29 PM

The All In Wonder is a good idea, but their performance always suffered due to x amount of graphics or card power being held back for the Muntimedia applications. It's too bad that ATI can't come up with an Additional type card that would work with whatever ATI video card the user already had. I think something like a SLI or Crossfire type link to connect it to the main card so they work together when needed, but independantly when not being used. It would be the best of both worlds
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 09:42 PM

The All In Wonder is a good idea, but their performance always suffered due to x amount of graphics or card power being held back for the Muntimedia applications. It's too bad that ATI can't come up with an Additional type card that would work with whatever ATI video card the user already had. I think something like a SLI or Crossfire type link to connect it to the main card so they work together when needed, but independantly when not being used. It would be the best of both worlds

Yea that would be a good idea, I dont play games anyway I want one to hook to my satellite box to record movies and stuff. I was doing it with a AIW 2006 then I moved up to the 1950xt because it could fold then Stanford done away with folding on that card so I moved to the 2900. I moved a different rig in as my main rig so I put the 3870x2 in it and there is no video in at all...

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 10:57 PM

Yea that would be a good idea, I dont play games anyway I want one to hook to my satellite box to record movies and stuff. I was doing it with a AIW 2006 then I moved up to the 1950xt because it could fold then Stanford done away with folding on that card so I moved to the 2900. I moved a different rig in as my main rig so I put the 3870x2 in it and there is no video in at all...


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Posted 26 June 2008 - 04:36 AM

That would be killer for an HTPC. I wounder what core/card it is based off of?

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 04:40 AM

What's a setup like that for then? benches?

When I have time, forum wars, folding, WCG and just because I can.... :P

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 07:27 AM

When I have time, forum wars, folding, WCG and just because I can.... :P


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Posted 26 June 2008 - 08:32 AM

Check out today's Hardware Roundup: Thursday Edition - there's a review of the All-in-Wonder down towards the bottom.

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 10:33 AM

I had the 9800 AIW and the X800XT AIW and I loved the cards, the only thing that pi$$ed me off was the software needed to run it. Hopefully AMD has fired all the inept ATI monkeys that write the software and get there best people on it. Used to take 2 seconds to change the channel and recording was hit and miss, sometimes the audio was ok and other times the sync was horrible. I miss my AIW, now I actually have to turn my head to watch TV, damn right unacceptable.

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 10:53 AM

Looks promising and I do plan to turn a rig of mine into a HTPC soon. I'll be sure to look out for these when they are released.

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 11:13 AM

I always liked those older ATI AIW/multimedia cards, if these are as epic as those were then they've surely got a winner...

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 11:22 AM

The All In Wonder is a good idea, but their performance always suffered due to x amount of graphics or card power being held back for the Muntimedia applications. It's too bad that ATI can't come up with an Additional type card that would work with whatever ATI video card the user already had. I think something like a SLI or Crossfire type link to connect it to the main card so they work together when needed, but independantly when not being used. It would be the best of both worlds

Not true.

The only difference between the AIW version and the standard version of a card is that the AIW runs hotter and usually does not overclock as well due to the extra circuitry on the PCB. Same performance.

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Wow, puck just kinda summed that one up for most of us lol. I agree with puck. :)

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