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Sunday, October 19th, 2003  

ATi AIW Radeon 8500DV  |  Published: 04-21-2002

Introduction

All In Wonder has long been the choice for the computer enthusiast that wants more than just a 3D card. ATi has designed the AIW series to meet a broad range of needs computer enthusiasts might have. AIW provides a TV-Tuner, Video Editing, 3D Gaming, DVD Decoding, and excellent 2D Quality. The true "wonder" about the AIW cards is ATi has found a way to incorporate all of these items into a card that does mostly all of them well. The AIW Radeon 8500DV is not an exception to this tradition created by ATi. The AIW Radeon 8500DV comes equipped with 64MB of DDR RAM, the very powerful ATi Radeon 8500 GPU, and all the connections that you could possibly dream of. Nvidia has been trying to make an inroad into this market almost completely dominated by ATi with their Personal Cinema products. Hopefully in the future we'll have some of those available for testing.

ATi is a company that has been around for quite some time now. Overall it is considered a market leader in the computer industry and works closely with Intel, AMD, Microsoft, and various other Tier 1 computer companies. Here is a short history of ATi C/P'ed straight from their website.

Founded in 1985, ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the supply of graphics, video and multimedia solutions for personal computer and Mac platforms. The pioneer, innovator and market leader in the graphics industry, ATI provides cutting-edge technologies for the PC, set-top box, game console and other consumer appliances markets. The Company has more than 1,900 employees supporting customers from its headquarters in Markham, Ontario, Canada, as well as from offices in Barbados, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).

 

This first picture is of a comparison between the ATi AIW Radeon 8500DV and the ATi Radeon 8500. Size wise the cards are the same but you can see a definite difference in complexity between the ATi AIW Radeon 8500DV and the ATi Radeon 8500. ATi had to cram a lot more chips onto the AIW PCB than they did with the Radeon 8500.



 
 

Article Info     

Author:
Johann 'Wizard' Ramirez

Article Type:
Review

Type:
Videocard

Developer / Publisher:
ATi

Requirements:
Pentium® 4/III/II/Celeron™, AMD® K6/Athlon® or compatible with AGP 2.0 Compliant BUS - AGP 2X (3.3V), AGP 4X (1.5V), or AGP2X/4X based systems 64MB of system memory Installation software requires CD-ROM drive DVD playback requires DVD drive Sound card supported by Windows® and DirectSound® with available line input Interactive Program Guide requires Internet connection for listing updates Remote control receiver requires available USB port 500Mhz minimum processor speed for MPEG-2 video capture

Availability:
Available in stores

ESRP Price:
299.99

 

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