ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500DV (64 MB AGP)

The Good Excellent 3D performance; integrated TV tuner; TV time-shifting; video-capturing and editing capabilities; RF remote control; digital-audio output.

The Bad Pricey; integrated FireWire (IEEE 1394) DV port can be problematic; TV and video-capture features aren't supported under Windows 98 SE or earlier operating systems.

The Bottom Line If you want a fast gaming card that also provides excellent TV viewing and video capturing, the All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500DV has the most and the best, but similar products can be had for half the price.

Editors' Rating
7.0 Overall

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Review

ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500DV (64 MB AGP)

ATI's All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500DV is the latest in the company's line of do-it-all graphics cards. In addition to graphics, TV-tuning, and video-capture capabilities, the new generation adds welcome improvements such as a FireWire DV port, a better remote, and faster 3D performance, the latter courtesy of ATI's next-generation Radeon 8500 GPU. But the All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500DV is pricey. It costs twice as much as its predecessor, the All-in-Wonder Radeon. It also costs significantly more than the functionally similar (save for its different GPU) All-in-Wonder Radeon 7500, which is based on the regular Radeon 7500 graphics card. Even Nvidia's GeForce2 MX-based Personal Cinema card costs a lot less; all three offer the same basic TV and video-capture capabilities. The choice is up to you: have it all or have most of it--for less.ATI's All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500DV is the latest in the company's line of do-it-all graphics cards. In addition to graphics, TV-tuning, and video-capture capabilities, the new generation adds welcome improvements such as a FireWire DV port, a better remote, and faster 3D performance, the latter courtesy of ATI's next-generation Radeon 8500 GPU. But the All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500DV is pricey. It costs twice as much as its predecessor, the All-in-Wonder Radeon. It also costs significantly more than the functionally similar (save for its different GPU) All-in-Wonder Radeon 7500, which is based on the regular Radeon 7500 graphics card. Even Nvidia's GeForce2 MX-based Personal Cinema card costs a lot less; all three offer the same basic TV and video-capture capabilities. The choice is up to you: have it all or have most of it--for less.

A slew of goodies
The plethora of good stuff that spills out of the $339 All-in-Wonder 8500DV box is impressive. Besides the card itself, there's a breakout cable housing all of the video and audio ports, a heavy-duty composite-video cable, an S-Video cable, a FireWire cable (6-pin to mini 4-pin), a DVI-to-analog converter, and a full-sized RF remote for controlling the card's Multimedia Center software. The RF remote is especially cool, as it frees you from the line-of-sight shackles of infrared-based remotes. ATI also bundles the Half Life: Counterstrike game, Ulead's VideoStudio 5 for editing your video captures, and the ATI's HydraVision multimonitor-control software. The card sports only a single DVI output, but you can drive a secondary display via the composite or S-Video outputs.

Outside of attaching the video and audio cables from your stereo, VCR, TV and so on to the All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500DV's breakout cable, physical installation is the same as it is with any other graphics card. The brief, multilingual manual is helpful to a point; it covers installation and cable layout but lacks a better-than-basic troubleshooting section. Software installation is the standard couple-of-clicks-and-reboot affair. ATI recommends that you remove any previous graphics drivers and revert to Windows' standard VGA driver before installing the card. Based on our past experiences with the company's cards, we recommend the same. The card's TV and video features are compatible with only Windows Me, 2000, and XP; Windows 98 users need not apply.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand ATI Technologies Inc.
  • OS Required Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP
  • Type AGP
  • Type none
  • Graphics Engine ATI Radeon 8500
  • Size 64 MB / 64 MB (max)
  • Interface Type AGP 4x
  • Compatibility PC
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