ATI's Visit to AnandTech: All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500DV Preview & moreby Anand Lal Shimpi on November 6, 2001 1:55 AM EST
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Had the Radeon 8500 turned out to be the flawless high performer we were expecting it to be, today we would be providing you with a review of ATI's All-in-Wonder 8500DV. Unfortunately, because of the problems surrounding the Radeon 8500's launch and the tremendous amount of work that ATI's multimedia team put into the All-in-Wonder variant the decision was made to push the launch back by a few weeks. Obviously there are many more complexities to deal with when releasing a card that offers TV tuning, video capture and IEEE-1394 (Firewire) support in addition to the features offered by the Radeon 8500 core. ATI hasn't had the best history with drivers and adding these additional components all that require proper driver support would undoubtedly be a daunting task.
Needless to say, the All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500DV won't be in our hands or on store shelves by the time you read this. According to ATI we should expect to see the card available before the end of the year, which may be sooner than you'd expect. ATI was kind enough to visit us and give us a hands on demonstration of the All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500DV so we could get an idea of what to expect from the final product when it does indeed ship.