ATI's HDTV Wonder - Bringing DTV to your PCby Andrew Ku on June 22, 2004 8:00 AM EST
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The TestThe system requirements for the HDTV Wonder are stiffer than for ATI's TV Wonder based products. This is because the quality of HDTV technology makes it more taxing on the system's configuration.
|TV Wonder VE||TV Wonder Pro||HDTV Wonder|
|Processor(s):||Intel® Pentium® 4/III/II, CeleronTM, AMD K6 or compatible||1.3GHz processor|
|Graphics Card:||Basically all cards supporting DirectX overlay||DirectX9*|
|Audio/Video In:||Composite||Composite, S-Video||Composite, S-Video|
|TV-On-Demand:||No||No||Analog and HDTV|
|HDTV support:||No||No||Yes (and all DTV resolutions)|
* Based on our last discussion with ATI. Details are being finalized, but this should be the bottom line requirement. However, Radeon 9500 or equivalent and above are recommended by ATI because of the HDTV Wonder's performance characteristics and requirements. Non-ATI cards will not be able to support the EazyLook, EazyLaunch, and ThruView features. Using something like an MX 440 or FX 5200 will just require the system to dip into more CPU resources, which is why ATI is implementing a DX9 support requirement. Support beyond DX9 is being discussed, but since it requires more time and effort, if and when it happens, it will be down the road.
Our own test setup was based on a P4 2.8GHz system with 512MB of system memory and a Radeon 9600 XT.