If you're looking to build a home theater PC, we recommend ATI's Radeon HD 2600 XT as the midrange card to use, thanks to its nearly perfect HD video image and its no-fuss installation. But for 3D gaming, you'd be much better off looking for a good deal on a faster, older graphics card.
The ATI Radeon X800 XL is unmatched when it comes to providing top-notch 3D speed at a low price. It's our current favorite standalone card.
Unequivocally the most powerful graphics card on the market, ATI's Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition hands Nvidia's new card a stunning defeat.
Aptly named, the ATI TV Wonder Elite is easily the best PC TV tuner card we've seen.
The ATI All-In-Wonder X800 XL will have you gaming, watching TV, and listening to FM radio, but it doesn't stand out in any one area.
ATI's second-best 3D card brings all of the requisite features to the 3D gaming table, but its specialized performance makes it less compelling.
ATI Radeon 9800 XT
ATI's Radeon X1950 XTX is the fastest single-chip 3D card that you can buy. Unfortunately, with Windows Vista and its accompanying gaming technology, it's going to become obsolete in just five months. ATI adjusted the price of the Radeon X1950 XTX accordingly, but at $450, it's still not an insignificant purchase. We recommend it only if money is no object.
If you're looking for a gaming card to run Vista and play most games, ATI's Radeon X1950 Pro will get you there, but not perfectly, and its real-world pricing is higher than we'd like. We're more interested to see ATI's next-gen cards use the newly refined CrossFire dual-card technology, debuted here, but that will have to wait.
ATI's budget TV tuner card is fine for occasional TV watching or recording, but serious viewers will find that much better devices aren't much more expensive.
If you can live a few frames per second behind those with the highest-end graphics cards, the ATI Radeon X800 Pro saves you $100 and still smokes most of the competition.
ATI's new card is currently the fastest around, and for some, that will be enough to justify the $400 price.
The Mac version of the ATI Radeon 7000 graphics card is a solid upgrade choice, especially for users of older, non-AGP Macs, but its lackluster 3D performance means gamers should go elsewhere.
ATI's latest, greatest graphics card brings all of the requisite features to the 3D gaming table, but its clunky design prevents it from besting Nvidia's top dog.
It'll take a little tweaking to get the most out of ATI's latest All-In-Wonder, but for the price, this TV tuner/DVR/radio tuner/graphics card is a fair deal.
ATI's All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro brings together high-end gaming prowess and home entertainment.