All-In-Wonder - Right For Me?

deckmoney

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May 29, 2002
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Hello,


I am looking at building a new computer, and one of the important things to me is the video card. My motherboard (Soyo Dragon Ultra SY-P4S) has a AGP slot (I think Pro, or 4X) and I was wondering if the ATI All-In-Wonder 8500DV would be good for me. I'm mainly going to use it for the following things:

  • Basic Internet browsing
  • Alittle bit of gaming. Mostly games like Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2, the Sims, etc. Not highly intensive.
  • Hooking it up to my cable and using it to watch TV as I browse or chat
  • Recording TV shows using the TiVo-like software
  • Downloading DivX movies and playing them through my TV (by hooking my video card to the RCA inputs in my TV).

I won't be using it for Video Encoding as far as I know.



Are their any products that you would suggest instead?



Thank you to any replies this post might get, I don't want to spend my money on the wrong product,
Chris
 

Willoughbyva

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Sep 26, 2001
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I also think that you would enjoy the AIW card. Also check out the Rage3d site.

Drivers have gotten pretty good in the past few months too.

Will

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PCHPlayer

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You may also want to check out the AIW 7500. Since you are not doing a whole lot of gaming you can save a few bucks.
 

chaotic

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I bought a Radeon 7500 AIW last Saturday and promptly returned it the following Monday. I had more problems with it than I could bear. Gaming performance was excellent (there were no problems whatsoever), but the added 'features' were very buggy. The GuidePlus+ didn't work right, the TV-on-demand crashed the system, and it required much driver updating from ATI's website to get it running correctly. I was not even going to bother seeing the problems with the video capture, so I didn't even try. The system is:

WinXP Pro
ECS K7S5A mobo
Athlon T-bird 1.33GHz @ 1.33
256MB DDR

I'm sticking with Nvidia. My GF2 MX has yet to give me a single problem in the months of beating that I have given it. I have heard good things about the 8500 though, so give it a shot and if it doesn't work then return it :)
 

rbV5

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My AIW 7500 experience is the quite the opposite of the last poster. This is my 3rd AIW card, and it is definately a mature product, with a great feature set. Video capture is excellent, especially with MMC 7.6. I use the multimedia features extensively (although, admittedly, I don't use timeshifting much), and was enjoying GTA3 on my 32" Sanyo via the TV-out before I came to work tonight....sweet. Using XP and the 6071 driver set and WDM 5118, this card is now nearly flawless IMHO.
 

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