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