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Product : All-In-Wonder 9600 Pro
Company : ATI Technologies
Author : Mark 'Ratchet' Thorne
Editor : Robin 'roki' Kim
Date : January 20th, 2004

Introduction

ATI's flagship product has always been the All-In-Wonder line of multimedia "do everything" cards. The line is so prestigious that ATI only trusts themselves to retail All-In-Wonder cards in the North American market while relying on select partners like Sapphire to retail All-In-Wonders to the rest of the world. Even then, ATI ensures that All-In-Wonders supplied outside the North American market are built to the tight controls and specifications of their reference design.

ATI continues to remain pretty much unchallenged in the multimedia graphics card market with their latest addition to the All-In-Wonder family. In this review I will take a look at their latest All-In-Wonder offering: the All-In-Wonder 9600 Pro.

The Bundle

All-In-Wonder 9600 Pro Bundle
All-In-Wonder 9600 Pro Bundle
One of the most important features of the All-In-Wonder line has always been the bundle of cables, softwares and gadgets included in the box. Along with most of the adapters and cables you'd need, there's also a CD which has ATI's Catalyst software suite on it as well as DivX and RealONE media players (both optimized for ATI's FullStream technology), muvee AutoProducer which is used to create music videos from audio/video content, Guide PLUS+ EPG software, and a copy of a specialized ATI version of Pinnacle Studio 8 which is used to create your own movie productions. Along with this, you also get a voucher for a free upgrade to a Remote Wonder II (which is now available), as well as a free coupon for the full version of Half-Life 2 when that gets released.

ATI doesn't often disappoint with their All-In-Wonder bundles, but there is one thing they excluded I sorely wish they hadn't: a HDTV adapter. Without a way to component-out to a HDTV, ATI has cut off a segment of the Home Theater PC crowd of users, a fairly substantial and rapidly growing market segment that would otherwise be very interested in the small and quiet AIW 9600 Pro. With the proliferation of HDTVs on the market, it's a unfortunate that ATI decided not to bundle their existing HDTV adapter with the AIW 9600Pro, but the majority of people don't need the adapter so making them pay extra for it isn't fair to those users. Instead, ATI offers the adapter on their website as an upgrade for an additional $30US if it is needed.





All-In-Wonder 9600 Pro Retail Box
All-In-Wonder 9600 Pro Retail Box

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