Today we’re taking a look at the All-in-Wonder X Pro. Highly recommended for home theater PC builders who need great TV recording capabilities though not HD and a capable gaming rig. Component output is possible with a separately-purchased dongle, but component input is not. ATI has an All-in-Wonder X XT in the works that should hopefully be seeing a release in the very near future, but as of today this is the fastest All-in-Wonder on the market. All the inputs and outputs used to be attached to a one-foot cable that plugged into the back of the card, and that made it very difficult to attach new input or output devices.
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ATI has an All-in-Wonder X XT in the works that should hopefully be seeing a release in the very near future, but as of today this is the fastest All-in-Wonder on the market. As well, ATI sells an optional component domino connector box for output, but you’ll have to order that separately. This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Home theater PCs have been more and more common in living rooms over the past few years than ever before, and many HTPC owners opt for an All-in-Wonder of some sort to power their rig.
All the inputs and outputs used to be attached to a one-foot cable that plugged into the back of the card, and that made it very difficult to attach new input or output devices.
Video-in, regardless of the type of connection, looks fantastic at the higher capture settings.
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It’s definitely a capable card, and it’s one of a few options out there in its price range, it’s the only one with awi of the added multimedia features. The actual recording and playback software is fairly straightforward, though there are a couple minor menu items that you’ll have to search for to find; for example, you can right-click anywhere on the application to set up a timed recording, but you have to right-click on the actual record button to see a list of what you’ve already scheduled to record.
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Other than that things work well, but the impatient need not apply. You can record, pause and rewind TV, though only on one channel at a time. They are as follows:. Radio works in pretty much the same fashion as TV does. You can also search and get listings for things like movies, sports, actors and more. For many, many moons now, ATI’s All-in-Wonder line of video cards have been a dominating force in the market of truly multimedia video cards.
If you’ve looked around at benchmarks for other X Pro cards you’ll likely know what to expect here. There’s a slight delay as the video is converted, about a second, maybe less, so gaming through this device certainly isn’t ideal.
The input jack looks just like that, only without the little extra audio pass-through connectors. Using the same Good setting, we recorded 4: This isn’t exactly high-resolution, but if you’re going to be playing these games on a TV then much higher probably isn’t supported anyway.
For watching TV or what-have-you it’s fine, but for gaming, x6000 a split-second is a awi. Looking at the benchmarks we can see that the All-in-Wonder X Pro is capable of running games like Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 at anywhere between 40 and 50 frames-per-second at x You’ll get a frame update every few seconds, so if you’re trying to go back right to a certain play or a certain line, you’ll likely have to go back a bit and then watch up to it again.
If you pick up an additional TV Wonder card you can prl two x060 at once, but out of the box you’re only getting a single tuner. We still picked up a good bit of grain and fuzz on some channels. Rewinding is also very slow.
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ATI has made strides in this area with the AIW X Pro, which features a small silver dongle that screws into the top-back of the card. Post a Comment Comment. Round 2 footage on the Good setting and a 5: This may have as much to do with the video processor chip—the Theater —as with the tuner. Changing channels takes a couple seconds to do both TV and radio so it’s a bit slow going.
Hardcore gamers will want rpo step up to a beefier card and maybe opt for a dedicated TV tuner card, however.
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The images are much sharper and if you have a nice display, you’d have no problem surfing the ‘Net all day from your couch.