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Reviewed: ATi All-In-Wonder 9600XT plus ATi HDTV Wonder
Producer: Ati
Required System: PC, minimum processor 1.3 GHz
Overall Rating: /
Author: Michael Ahlf
Date: February 24th, 2005


One of the "holy grail" ideas for home computing has been the idea of taking computer parts and making the "perfect" home PC system. Microsoft has discussed it, various projects are devoted to it, and every year it seems the component cost becomes cheaper. Years ago, I started in on the idea by taking leftover components (old motherboard, processor, ATi All-In-Wonder board) and creating a small machine to play around with the idea.

In the idea, a PC is the perfect system. You can pipe almost any input - DVD player, VCR, Cable, Antenna signal, etc - into it, record it, edit it, all on the same machine. Removing commercials should theoretically be easy as long as you've got programs like Womble's Mpeg-VCR software. PVR devices such as the Tivo brand come close, but always sacrifice something; control of encoding type, exportability, or space constraints.

My latest attempt was to use the ATi All-In-Wonder 9600XT to do the job. For an added bonus, I attempted to add in the ATi HDTV Wonder, their new foray into the broadcast HDTV world. Unfortunately for ATi, while their technology is promising, the card wasn't nearly as good as I would have hoped. A single missing feature and regional issues with broadcast HDTV were the downfall of the card.

Added:  Thursday, February 24, 2005
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Page: 1/3

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