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Product : All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro
Company : ATI Technologies
Author : Mark 'Ratchet' Thorne
Date : November 29th, 2003


While ATI and nVidia continue rip into each other in the 3D graphics supremacy battle, ATI has been virtually unchallenged by any competitor with their ginsu All-In-Wonder card. Capable of everything from DX9 class 3D performance to video capture, digital video output, television in and out, and personal video recorder, the All-In-Wonder has been ATIs flagship line since it was first revealed back in 1996.

Not much has changed on the "Wonder" side of things since AIW 9700 Pro. Disregarding the upgraded 3D core, the only significant change has been on the software side of things with the addition of EasyLook. Essentially, EasyLook is a full-screen user interface designed to allow easy interaction with the various AIW features while being viewed on a TV. Its very large and readable fonts and buttons and full support for ATIs Remote Wonder make it a nice addition for HTPC users like myself. It does, however, come with new versions of MultiMedia Center - a free download from ATI.com - so users of previous AIW cards shouldn't feel left out.

All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro Bundle
All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro Bundle
The bundle has always been a big part of the AIW line and in this area ATI hasn't disappointed. Besides the card itself and the standard easy-install guides and manuals, you'll also find in the box an assortment of cables and adapters for connecting your AIW to just about any video device you can think of - including a HDTV component-out setup that had to be purchased separately with previous versions of the AIW. You also get some pretty cool software in a special ATI version of Pinnacle Studio 8 video editing software, MatchWare Mediator 7, and a full version of the 3D RPG game Morrowind. To round out the whole deal, ATI also throws in one of their Remote Wonder remote controls. It's not the Remote Wonder II, but it does the job.

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