I cant find any specs on the the All-In-Wonder cards as far as gaming performance is concerned. Maybe thats because they suck??? I am thinking of buying an All-In-Wonder X-1900 PCI Express 256mb card, but am leery about the gaming side of things. I want to be able to record / watch TV too with just one card if possible. Any technical suggestions....
I tried gaming with All-In-Wonder. For TV/Multi-Media it is awesome. However, what you will quickly find is that with many games, the video driver is not very stable. I even found a few games that specifically stated on their support website not to use All-In-Wonder because of lack of driver support. After my discoveries, I use NVidia graphics for gaming because it seems very well supported by most games, or you could even use a straight ATI graphics card, but get a seperate ATI TV Tuner card (or equivalent because ATI is sometimes pricey). That really gives you the best of both worlds, and the ATI tuner software is usually very good at TV and PVRs.
I used an AIW X1800 for a long time and even overclocked it to 725 Mhz on the core... it was rock solid for me.
But yeah, it usually makes more sense to buy a separate video card and capture/tuner card. Then you can upgrade your video card without changing your tuner all the time, and it usually ends up cheaper.
Although, I'm curious... how much is the X1900 AIW this fellow is considering?
I have an old AIW 9600XT. I bought it because I knew whenever I upgrade, I could just slide that one into a home theater computer, or something. I've got a number of computers so it just gets hand-me-down'd to the next computer.
I oc'd and gamed very well on my old 9700pro AIW. Still have it in a secondary system that still rocks the casbah on many games. Can even play FEAR to an extent.
Dunno what the guy above could have had w/ his issues, but the video drivers are the same as a non-aiw card. All ati cards (radeons) run on the catalyst drivers and b/c the gpu in the 1900aiw is the same as the 1900xt/xtx (as cleeve mentioned) then there should not be any stability differences unless you just get a bad card.
My only regret about my 9700pro is that (like what was suggested above) even though it was my primary gamer for more than 3 years, it would have been nice to move the tuner to another system. Oh well, still a good choice. You should have no prbs man. Game on.
I have a All-In-Wonder x1900 and it works great. It's really fast and can play pretty much all games at max settings. The video capturing is very easy and has really clear/clean results.
With a bigger fan and heatsink the AIW can be overclocked to perform aswell as the x1900 xt/xtx if not better. But you really need good cooling to attempt to overclock this card because it gets hot real fast.
So if you want an all in one card buy it you can't go wrong.
I bought an x1900 All-In-Wonder for my rig in august and it is very awesome!! I can play BF2142 at full settings and high resolution along with Quake4, FEAR, and Half Life2(the hdr effects are amazing)!!!! This card is very overclockable!! But it does not need it. I did need to upgrade from my stock power supply(i think it was a 300 WAtt) to a 550 Watt from Ultra(lifetime warrenty!!). You will not be dissapointed. The tv tuner is great too. My system specs are as follows: