Reviews and Problems with ATI Mobility Radeon 9600
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ATI All-In-Wonder 9600 Pro Review
4 October 2011
Excerpt: Introduction ATI's flagship product has always been the All-In-Wonder line of multimedia "do everything" cards. The line is so prestigious that ATI only trusts themselves to retail All-In-Wonder cards in the North American market while relying on select partners like Sapphire to retail All-In-Wonders to the rest of the world.
Excerpt: Introduction ATI has long established dominance in the multimedia market. They‘ve recently launched a flash presentation showcasing the history of their industry leading video innovations. The first All-In-Wonder product was launched in November 1996! The All-In-Wonder as it was called was powered by the then high performance 64-bit graphics accelerator ATI RAGE II+ with 4MB EDO DRAM and retailed at $379US.
Summary: If you are looking for a mid-range card before the release of the ATi's X600 or even afterwards, you should not overlook the 9600XT from ATi. This review has shown that this card can hold its own in the current mid-range market, even with hard-to-handle games like Halo and UT2004. For $199, for the ATi version, or a bit cheaper for the other guy's, this card offers solid performance for an OK price.
Conclusion: ATI has delivered another winner with the ALL-IN-WONDER 9600. ATI has taken the ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 PRO’s best feature (dual VGA) and brought it to a lower price point, plus it features the capable RV360 and THEATER 200 chips. This 1-2 combination gives the ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 good performance in a wide variety of software applications.
Summary: What have we learned here children? :) We have learned that this card kicks major booty for the price. Sure, it's not going to perform as well as a RADEON 9700/9800, but those cards are a few hundred dollars more expensive and should not really be compared. If you are in the market for a mid range video card that will not break your bank this is the one you have been dreaming of.
Pros: Mainstream DX9 Gaming for the budget conscious, Superb Performance in all of today's games, Good 2D & 3D performance, Under $200, 128 Meg DDR Ram
Conclusion: Of course, the fame of the All-in-Wonder series is that they combine capable 3D performance with a slew of TV-watching and video-editing goodies. The 9600 Pro continues the tradition in fine style -- in some ways better than Microsoft's TiVo-come-lately Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004, in some ways not as good.
Pros: Good -- nearly great -- DirectX 9 game performance, plus nifty TV viewing and windowing, recording, and video editing, for just $50 more than the game performance alone
Cons: No DVI output or FM antenna; controls and software a bit complicated compared to Win XP Media Center Edition
Conclusion: Despite the setback for small form-factor users, ATI’s got another homerun with the ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 PRO. The biggest addition would obviously be the dual VGA support. This is a feature that multiple RADEON VPUs have been capable of supporting, but due to size constraints, ATI’s multimedia team has never been able to integrate this in an ALL-IN-WONDER product. If you wanted dual displays, one of them had to be the TV.