ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review :: All In Wonder HD Card

08-27-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun

First thing I noticed on the AIW HD is the tuner can on the front of the PCB. Earlier Tuner cans were half the size of the card almost and required redesigning the card to fit the tuner can (AIW 9800 Pro). Later cards like the A-I-W x1900 card had smaller tuner cans but the A-I-W HD has the smallest tuner can yet with a size that belies its capabilities to run the latest in digital TV standards.


ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review Card front

Card front

ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review Fan

Fan

ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review Memory chips

Memory chips

ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review Tuner can

Tuner can


The card itself is a little bigger than a reference ATI HD3650 card with a small fan surrounded by a heatsink that covers the length of the card. Racing stripes on the heatsink give the card a distinctive look. The card has 512MB of GDDR2 memory arranged in four 1024 megabit memory chips on the back of the PCB. The memory is clocked at a modest 900MHz, which is the same as the reference HD 3650 card but there are cards on the market with higher clock speeds.


ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review Capacitors

Capacitors

ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review More capacitors

More capacitors

ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review Fan power

Fan power

ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review Daughter card connector

Daughter card connector


One thing this card distinctly lacks is a Crossfire connector. While one could question the need for it, it would be cool to be able to increase the gaming potential of a system with this card by pairing it with another HD 3650. The IO of the card sports a single DVI port and the CATV input for connecting the cable or antenna to the PC. A HDMI connection rounds out the IO on the card, allowing the connection to a HDMI HDTV or monitor. Finally an Audio/Video daughter card is included offering S-Video Component Out, Composite and Stereo Audio jacks.


ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review AMD chip

AMD chip

ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review Theater 650

Theater 650

ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review PCI Express x16 slot

PCI Express x16 slot

ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review IO

IO