ATI All-in-Wonder 9600XT


posted 4/5/2004 by John Yan
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ATI’s line of All-in-Wonder cards have been one of my favorites. For the amount of money you pay, you sure get a lot with each package. ATI has a wide range of cards in various dollar amounts and today we’re looking at one of their mid-range cards, the All-in-Wonder 9600XT. If you want a nicely priced AIW card with some good gaming power, this is the card to get.

The All-in-Wonder 9600XT offers the popular RV360 VPU that offers a lot of bang for the buck. On its own, it’s an inexpensive card that supports DirectX 9 and delivers great performance. Paired with a TV/FM tuner, the All-in-Wonder 9600XT becomes a Swiss Army knife of video cards, allowing it to offer a complete multimedia experience.

The card itself features an interesting heatsink/fan combination. The gold heatsink covers a good portion of the right side of the card with a small fan to cool it off. It certainly is pretty unique to the card compared to the other All-in-Wonder ones I’ve reviewed.

Comparing the card with the ATI Radeon 9600XT, the All-in-Wonder 9600XT actually gets a minor bump in clock and memory speed. While the Radeon 9600XT is clocked at 500MHz/600MHz, the All-in-Wonder 9600XT is actually at 525MHz/650MHz bumping the fill rate from 2.0 Gpixels/sec to 2.1Gpixels/sec. We’ll see how much of a speed increase it translates when compared to a regular Radeon 9600XT. 128MB of ram is onboard.
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