While the All-In-Wonder X800XT doesn't offer anything really new over previous All-In-Wonder cards as far as multimedia features go, it doesn't have any of the short-comings of the All-In-Wonder cards that came before it either. In fact, I consider All-In-Wonder X800XT an amalgamation of all the good bits of previous All-In-Wonder cards without any of their obvious shortcomings. It features dual-display support with DVI, excellent 3D performance that is at least 2 to 3 times faster than the All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro (rivaling that of the fastest 3D cards on the market), is small enough to fit in a HTPC or SFF case, and with the new RCA audio out jacks it's extremely easy to connect to a Home Theater system.
There will be other, more affordable variations of the All-In-Wonder X800. ATI has already announced an X800XL version which will feature a 400MHz core clock and 500Mhz memory that should be out soon, and there will also likely be X800 and maybe an X800SE version as well. The only thing that hasn't been mentioned so far is a PCI-Express version. If what I'm hearing is true, then these will be the last All-In-Wonder's on the AGP bus. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing depends on your point of view, but there are some very interesting things that ATI can do with the additional bandwidth provided by the PCI-Express bus.
Obviously delays like ATI has been forced to work through over the last year are unacceptable. A company doesn't make money by not shipping product, and it can't build on a loyal user base by failing to live up to their promises. The All-In-Wonder X800XT was beginning to look like it was never going to appear and users were starting to grumble loudly. ATI decided to face the wrath of those users however and delayed the part long enough so that they could get it right. After looking at the card it seems to have been the right move; the All-In-Wonder X800XT is closer to perfection than any All-In-Wonder has ever been before it.
Rage3D Editor's Choice Award
5 out of 5
- Very fast
- Excellent features list
- Nice bundle
- Not too expensive considering the speed and features
- Dual-display with DVI
- RCA audio outs
- Convenient stackable output blocks
- Compact single-slot design
- Some niggling, minor issues with ATI's MultiMedia Center