ATI's All-in-Wonder X800 XT graphics card
Jack of all trades, master of some
THE PC GRAPHICS market is about as competitive as it comes, with ATI and NVIDIA constantly striving to one-up each other and capture the performance crown at each price point. Given that incredibly competitive environment, it's odd that ATI's high-end All-in-Wonder cards haven't really had much competition. It's not for a lack of trying on NVIDIA's part, either. The green team took a stab at the All-in-Wonder market with the Personal Cinema, but its software was way behind ATI's, and Personal Cinema products were largely confined to low-end parts. The Personal Cinema never really made the jump to the GeForce 6 series, either.
The Personal Cinema's effective demise has left the All-in-Wonder's blend of 3D performance, video capture, TV tuning, and remote control capabilities without any real competition. One can always get the same functionality by combining multiple cards and accessories, but the All-in-Wonder is the only card that wraps everything into a tidy and potentially more affordable package.
The latest Radeon to receive the All-in-Wonder treatment is the AIW X800 XT, which melds all the All-in-Wonder's multimedia capabilities with the Radeon X800 XT's formidable 3D horsepower. Inexplicably, the All-in-Wonder X800 XT is also less expensive than the Radeon X800 XT, despite the AIW's laundry list of extra features. That sounds too good to be true; read on to see if it is.