ATI All-in-Wonder X800 XT

Review

posted 5/13/2005 by John Yan
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Here at Gaming Nexus, we’ve covered the All-in-Wonder line for a while now. With our first one being the All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500, the line of GPUs has been long and extensive. We’ve got the most powerful All-in-Wonder card to date and it doesn’t just have a power GPU slapped onto it, but there’s some great engineering that’s taken place here. And while it was announced a few months ago, the card has finally shown up at our doorsteps. From the time you open the box to the time you start using the card in your system, the All-in-Wonder X800 XT will leave you dizzy with the amount of extras that’s included.



The All-in-Wonder X800 XT is equipped with the R420 core that has 16 pipelines. Just like the normal X800XT card, the clock speed for this one is 500MHz for the engine and 500MHz(1000MHZ DDR) for the memory with a 256-bit interface. Pixel fillrate stands at 8 Gpixels and geometry rate is at 750 MTriangles. The card also features a whopping 256MB of memory, surprising since the All-in-Wonder cards were kept at 128MB except for the recent X600 Pro version and I tip my hat to the engineers for fitting another 128MB of ram on the card with all the features already. So clock for clock, pipeline per pipeline, the two cards are identical. If I’m not mistaken, one of the first All-in-Wonder cards to be clocked as the same with their non-All-in-Wonder variant was the Radeon 8500 and it’s been that way ever since. With the specs, we can expect performance to be the similar if not the same when comparing the All-in-Wonder version with the regular version.

As with their TV Wonder Elite card, the All-in-Wonder X800 XT color scheme has moved from red to purple and gold. The gold appears on the bracket, tuner, and the heatsink/fan. It makes for a more visually appealing card and those with windows can shine some light in to reflect off all the nice gold trim. It’s also a nice change with the gold from the standard silver brackets that are on most expansion cards.

A very large heatsink fan mechanism helps cool this card down. The large fan and heatsink covers up a good portion of the card. With that, there’s very little room for capacitors and the like to be sticking out. Thus, the card has the floppy power connector to supply more power to the card than the traditional molex connector. It harkens back to the day when the first few cards came out needing extra juice but with the little real estate on the PCB, the smaller power connector was needed here.
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