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GeCube 9600 XT All in Wonder - HTPC for the Masses - Conclusion

Today we have GeCube's brand new Radeon 9600 XT All in Wonder on the test bench. It offers the same features as the more expensive Radeon 9800 Pro AIW but at a price point more affordable for the masses.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Apr 19, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%      Manufacturer: GeCube

Conclusion

 

The GeCube 9600 XT AIW is great and has all the features you would want out of a graphics card. Kingmax Australia, the distributor for GeCube in Australia, has also chosen to include a copy of PowerCinema and while ATI have their free Multimedia Command Center, it isn't as user friendly as Cyberlink PowerCinema software.

 

The overall performance is excellent and GeCube have done well to be the first to hit the market with an AIW flavor 9600 XT. The card looks great, comes with a healthy package and is easy to setup.

 

While we haven't had a chance to test the new Remote Wonder 2 (RW2), there has been nothing but good praise about it. If you have the ability to get the RW2 we would highly recommend you buy it as you have the choice since GeCube do not include a remote control in the package at the retail level but will be offered as an option from retailers according to our sources from Taiwan.

 

While some people do prefer to have a separate TV Tuner card there is no denying that due to the popularity of SFF computers growing the ability to have a TV Tuner and a high quality graphics in one is excellent. And at a much more affordable price than the 9800 Pro AIW, its quality home theater PC for the masses.

 

- Pros

 

No speed hit with all the AIW features

 

First AIW card to the market using the XT core

 

Great looking card

 

Affordable

 

Can still use two VGA monitors

 

Good HTPC package

 

Power Cinema included in Australia

 

- Cons

 

No Ram sinks on the back

 

Remote Wonder 2 is optional

 

ATI driver software is still a little buggy

 

Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editors Choice Award

 

 

 

 

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