As you probably have noticed, we took a small hiatus from All-in-Wonder reviews, skipping the All-in-Wonder 9800 Pro (among others). By no means are we implying that it is a poor product. Rather, it was and continues to be a great multimedia product that addresses the need of the enthusiasts and high-end market segment. However, overall, the All-in-Wonder 9800 Pro was a minor upgrade from the All-in-Wonder 9700 Pro, basically with an improved graphics processor.

From a price point, the All-in-Wonder 9800 Pro took its former contender's spot at $449 and effectively, the All-in-Wonder 9700 Pro was bumped down to $399. At these prices though, these cards are intended clearly for those with a bit of cash to spare in the multimedia department.

Earlier in August, ATI announced the All-in-Wonder 9600 Pro, and since that time, it has been emphasizing aggressively as mainstream multimedia choice, essentially replacing the All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500.

Approximately two and a half months have passed since product launch, and we have set aside time to take a look at this new offering. After all, it isn't too often that we get a chance to see technical change to the design of the All-in-Wonder line (which we will explore further in the review), as ATI still continues to employ their “like it or love it” purple video in breakout box.

Even though some time has passed, we have yet to see the All-in-Wonder 9600 Pro listed on the price list, at least for the US. From the information that we have been passed, we expect to see it listed at $249, a much easier-to-swallow price than even its predecessor (All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500) at $299. That, coupled with new features such as EasyLook and an FM Tuner, the All-in-Wonder 9600 Pro still begs the question, “is it worth my $249?”

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  • Anonymous User - Thursday, October 16, 2003 - link

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  • Anonymous User - Thursday, October 16, 2003 - link

    Will the AIW 9600 Pro fit in SFF computers like the Shuttles? Reply
  • Anonymous User - Thursday, October 16, 2003 - link

    Anand... fo rizzle dawg! Fix dat price engine yo. You my homey an all dat, but you ain't gettin you no invite to da crib to tip any mo fo-ties until you git up in dat...fer reel... the AIW has been on da shelves at Allstarshop and GameVe ALL WEEK. Now Newegg got that hotness an it still ain't up on dat $hizzle. aight... me out. Reply
  • Andrew Ku - Thursday, October 16, 2003 - link

    #1, #2 - There really isn't any point to benchmark this card. Keep in mind that it is basically the same as the Radeon 9600 Pro, just with All-in-Wonder features.

    #4 - This is a mainstream model of All-in-Wonder. DVI was left out as a result of space and cost issues.
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  • Anonymous User - Thursday, October 16, 2003 - link

    no dvi?? :( Reply
  • Anonymous User - Thursday, October 16, 2003 - link

    The tone of the article seems to imply that we should not expect an AIW 9600XT. Rats! I was hoping for one by Christmas. Reply
  • Hardtarget - Thursday, October 16, 2003 - link

    Yes, i'm also dissapointed there weren't some gaming benchmarks, even if just there was just a couple basic ones. I'm not fond of when it says "look at other article for benchmarks" etc... Reply
  • Anonymous User - Thursday, October 16, 2003 - link

    Great article...could have used some gaming benchmarks though. I would have probabaly bought the AIW version over the standard 9600 PRO if it had been around when I upgraded my system 2-3 months ago :( Reply

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