ATi All-in-Wonder 9800 Pro

Review

posted 7/28/2003 by John Yan
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You knew ATi, after releasing the Radeon 9800 Pro card, would be thinking about releasing an All-in-Wonder version. As with the All-in-Wonder 9700 Pro being the ultimate video card of it’s time, the All-in-Wonder 9800 Pro seeks to be the ultimate video card currently. If you have the money and you want the best all around card out there, then the All-in-Wonder 9800 Pro is the beast to get.

The packaging is a change from the previous cards. At E3, the ATi representative that I talked to said that retailers wanted smaller boxes so that they can put more products on their shelves. With so many connectors and the remote included with the card, ATi did a remarkable job at reducing the box size.



All the usual suspects included in the previous versions of the card are also included with the All-in-Wonder Radeon 9800 Pro. The remote, of course, comes included for you to control your PC from far away. We’ve done a few reviews here with at Gaming Nexus featuring the remote. Rather than going through it over again you can see Charles Husemann’s review.

The same software bundle as in the last All-in-Wonder card makes its way again to this one. I’d really like to see some different game other than Morrowind bundled in. It’s a nice game and all, but I feel it’s time for something different and perhaps more in the action genre to take advantage of the power of the R350 chipset.

A plethora of connectors comes with the All-in-Wonder Radeon 9800 Pro. If you intend to connect the card to a component TV, ATi has included the connectors necessary for that. ATi has a connector box that attaches to one of the inputs on the card. The box has SVGA inputs, audio inputs, and composite video input. Another multi-connector combo attaches to allow for output of sound and video. There was no way to fit all these connectors on the plate without having to move to a second plate. Even then it still might not be enough room. ATi’s solution of using connector boxes or cables helps keep the card in a one slot solution.



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