The All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT 256-MB card is a very impressive performer, and manages to post benchmark results equivalent to a standard Radeon X800 XT 256-MB. This is a logical assumption, but given all of the new hardware and a radical redesign of the multimedia and TV features, it's never safe to assume. It's still amazing that you can play any high-end game with this card, and then later on, watch or record a TV show, import video, or even output to an external source. The number of multimedia features the All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT incorporates are just short of amazing, and when combined with its high-end gaming performance, this puts ATI's top All-in-Wonder model in a class all its own.
While not a benchmark result per se, we did notice that the All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT runs cooler than a comparable AiW Radeon 9800 Pro. The actual card was noticeably cooler, and when we tested in an enclosed system, the All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT lowered system temperatures anywhere from 5-8 degrees C. It is definitely nice to see higher performance and less heat, especially in an AiW multimedia configuration.
Usually when presented with a graphics card with so many positives, the retail price usually comes in to ruin the party. The base Radeon X800 XT 256-MB cards are expensive enough, so just imagine what the retail price will be once ATI adds in all the TV and multimedia features, right. That idea could not be more wrong, and the retail All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT 256-MB is priced at approximately $375-$385, or right with other name brand Radeon X800 XT 256-MB cards. In an unprecedented move, ATI is essentially giving away the TV tuner, A/V input and output functionality, and all the extra attachments, cables, and software for free. If you're in the market for a Radeon X800 XT 256-MB, then it's a no-brainer to *upgrade* to the All-in-Wonder version.
* Please note that online prices reflect OEM and Retail models where noted. Prices are taken at the time of review, and are not intended to reflect long-term trends.
Competitors may emerge from time to time to challenge ATI in the multimedia/TV graphics arena, but essentially, the All-in-Wonder brand is the undisputed champion. The previous AiW cards were impressive, but ATI has made a quantum performance leap with this latest powerhouse upgrade to the X800 XT core and 256-MB of GDDR3 memory. Gaming speed is phenomenal, the feature list is impressive, and for the first time in memory, even hardcore gamers do not need to give up performance to put an All-in-Wonder card under the hood.