ATI All-In-Wonder HD Video Card Review

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Test system and setup

 

Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor

Intel Core 2 E8400

Motherboard

ASUS P5KPL-CM

Memory

Crucial PC2-8500 2GB

Video Card

ATI AIW HD

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 150GB

Cooling

Stock Intel Heatsink

Power Supply

Antec Earth Watts 430

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 32-Bit

 

ATI AIW HD

For our review we’ll be using Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit. Vista Media Center can take full advantage of this cards capability and is extremely easy to setup and use.

Installation is very straightforward, install in a PCI-E 16x lane and fire up the PC. Once you get to the desktop you can either install the drivers from the included CD, or visit AMD’s website here to get the latest and greatest.

Once drivers are installed and the system is rebooted you will need to make sure that your input is connected, either cable or the included antenna. If you are using your cable connection, note that the ATI AIW HD can only do Clear QAM HD, so if your cable company is encrypting their HD signals you will not be able to pick them up. Most importantly, you have to be a subscriber to their HD service for the HD channels to be available.

Again, we are going with the Vista Media Center to handle all of our duties, ATI does include an application to watch TV, and do FM tuning but it is less suited for a HTPC environment. If we were not using Windows Vista the ATI application would be a fine solution.

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