The All-in-Wonder series of cards from ATI needs no introduction. For years, the Canadian company has combined its 3D graphics cards with TV tuners, giving users a one-slot solution to viewing TV on their PCs without making huge sacrifices in graphics performance.
We typically recommend users to go with a standalone TV tuner card if they want TV on their PC. There’s a better variety of higher-quality cards with hardware MPEG-2 encoders, and you can always change out your graphics card or the TV tuner without necessarily getting rid of the other. Today, that recommendation isn’t as easy to make. Small-form-factor PCs are all the rage, and their limited slots prevent users from installing all the cards they want. The single-slot solution has never been more practical.
ATI’s latest All-in-Wonder product carries the X600 Pro moniker. With an MSRP of $249, it’s a lot more affordable than the high-end All-in-Wonder cards that include more powerful 3D graphics. “More affordable” does not guarantee a good value, however. Let’s take a look at ATI’s latest Swiss army knife video card and find out what makes it tick. Continued…
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