Pros Hardware meets all expectations, not really any problems with the hardware. Remote is nice.
Cons The worst. Software instructions bad, tech help worse. Remote software crashes all the time. Easy look software locks up frequently. Software updates cause more problems then they fix.
Summary Dont buy unless you like to swear. Have had this since last year. Never worked right. ATI's respose every time I call with a problem "YES OK WE AWARE THIS ISSUE, WATCH FOR RELEASE OF NEXT SOFTWARE UPDATE, SHOULD FIX" I think this must be a standard response. Just read the information tag by the version updates, generally the known issues of the new release is longer than the issues fixed by the release. Poor update installation instructions, if not uninstalled and installed in the right order your software wont work at all. I purchased the ATI component adapter for my HDTV, this works very well I would definitly recommend this if you own a wide screen. Still cannot display correct aspect ratio for tv mode, I got DVD's to display correctly though. Mainly bought for TIVO - I gave up on that because it wont fit the screen size correctly. Software locks up so much, I gave up on all the ATI software, I only run the video drivers. I use other (non ATI) software for the DVD players and such. Quit using the remote because of the software, I may try WinDVD's remote. This was a expensive learning for me, my freinds that had ATI cards all told me the hardware was good but the Software was a nightmare. Back to Nvidia I guess, never had any problems the likes of this.
Pros Pretty good video card without drivers and software installed.
Cons Absolutely terrible software and drivers. This wastes potenial with all the cool features.
Summary Loads of cool features, they just don't work right. The features on the box look cool but when you install the software and drivers you'll find the software is very unstable. I had this card for a little under a year and it never has worked right for me. Pretty much any ATI program I opened up would crash in a few minutes. The TV program messed up my sound as well. Before I installed the card the sound was normal but after the installation it would get REALLY LOUD when I opened the TV and then almost silent after the TV was closed.
I'm looking for a new card right now but for the moment I totally reinstalled XP (due to the card's software plus a couple other things) and put in the card but didn't bother with drivers/software and it seems to be working pretty well as a video card (no other features).
Pros Awesome graphics, cutting edge features
Cons Software is very "buggy"
Summary The card is wonderful. Lots of available inputs/outputs. The VPU is fast and very responsive. Graphic detail is excellent.
When I bought it, I did expect more until I upgraded the drivers and software. Whew! The included software is old and "buggy"
The Catalyst Control Center is wonderful in most ways. It is very customizable and detailed. But loading the C.C. is pretty slow.
Running Counter-Strike was a blast. Same with Medal of Honor and Call of Duty. The Video card put my S3 ProSavage DDR to shame (STAY AWAY FROM S3). Half-Life 2 played very well. When I played Doom 3, the frame rate dropped to about 35fps at 1024x768. (Ok, I guess)
The Multimedia Center needs better integration and less bugs.
The Remote Wonder is a wonder! It is very customizable and easy to use. It has 3rd party plug-ins available for iTunes, WMP, etc. It INCLUDES plug-ins for Powerpoint,Guide Plus+ (which is included).
Speaking of Guide Plus+, it is VERY buggy and loses the mouse in the window all the time.
DVD are exceptional and very realistic. The DVD player included is very well done.
The T.V. is not very crisp and I wish it was better quality. I can record shows at DVD quality and burn it with the included software which is a full studio!
The integration comes in with "Easylook". I have to give it to ATI. They did a good job and deserve a pat on the back. Easylook is a "Media Center" looking software that looks very good and actually works (most of the time).
My card came with a rebate for $30 and to my suprise, it came. Excuse me, I am not used to having companies follow through with their rebates.
This ATI card and it's whole family can be overclocked with 3rd party software like Radlinker semi-safely. (Take caution)
Overall, the Video card has it's ups and downs. It runs smooth, looks great, is bundled with good, but buggy software, and is able to be overclocked. I am glad I bought and reccommened it to all of you looking to buy a do-it-all video card.
Pros Lots of functions
Cons Driver compatibility issues
Summary This card barely gets by my mig-er game options on the minus side.
They must have too much business to spend enough time to write quality drivers or the cards hardware isn't compatible with the Windows modules.
Pros Tons of great features
Cons Driver software is terrible
Summary Had the card a year now and it's worked pretty good. O.K. for gaming as long as you keep all game detail to med-high settings. Games like Doom3 and Far Cry maxed out just are not playable.
PVR features are awesome and worked great for about a year, but when I went to upgrade the drivers all hell broke loose. The TV had no audio, and after uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers I now can no longer even get the WDM drivers to configure. This 9600xt AIW is driving me nuts. No video card should cause this much grief and headache to configure.
I'm sick and tired of playing with every version of display driver from cat 5.2 to 5.5 and MMC 9.03 to 9.08 and no luck. The whole thing is hooped. I'm now just using the display drivers only and gave up on gettin the MMC to work. I already formatted once and that solved nothing. ATI tech support was no help, the lady told me that with this card anything above MMC 9.03 won't work. I'm like your kidding!!! Your telling me that on a relatively new card like this that the latest drivers won't work!! What a joke.
If you like configuration nightmares and cursing at your computer I recomend getting a ATI AIW card.