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  • Web Site: www.ati.com

    Price: $329 (before $30 rebate)

    Often times we're led to believe that the most significant technological breakthroughs have occurred in the past 50 years or so; and while this may be the case in an evolutionary sense, a simple list was compiled around 250 BC depicting seven revolutionary structures that inspired greater accomplishment than any GHz processor. Each marvel of engineering represented some aspect of religion, power, mythology, art, and science for the civilization responsible for it's construction. Therefore, it is a shame that only one of these ancient wonders remains with us today, the Great Pyramid of Giza. For a more tangible example of a "wonder," we're forced to fast forward to the modern epoch in which we exist.

    In this digital age, there have been quite a few advancements that could be classified as "wonders." Nuclear power, the transistor, and Mountain Dew are all taken for granted on a regular basis, despite the amount of work that has gone into each. We utilize computers daily, never giving much thought to the evolution behind them - to Moore's law and the exponential complexity of emerging circuits.

    Perhaps the most rapidly evolving aspect of computing lies within the video card. In a few short years we've seen 2D quality mature, 3D complexity explode, DVD capabilities emerge, and features like video editing and TV tuning make their way onto the PC. All of these technologies purchased separately would normally cost more than a thousand dollars, so it is truly a wonder that companies like ATI, 3dfx, Matrox, and ASUS have managed to integrate them onto a single expansion card. Moreover, ATI's been doing it for four years. Past products, however, have featured mediocre 3D, low clock speeds, and bug-ridden drivers - all of which ATI has faced full-force this go 'round.

    We'd like to introduce you to the All-In-Wonder RADEON, ATI's fourth generation All-In-Wonder product offering bolstered 3D via the RADEON GPU, enhanced 2D quality, improved DVD, full HDTV support, analog television tuning, video capture, and a host of other features. If only it could clean up the lab…

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