Graphics cards: beyond 3D gameplay

The consistent success of the All-in-Wonder range demonstrates that there is life beyond 3D gameplay. With this card you can capture and manipulate live video, listen to radio broadcasts - provided you buy a separate FM antenna - and watch television and DVDs from the same glossy front-end.

Version 8.6 of ATI's MultiMedia Center is as user-friendly as ever, giving you quick access to the many facilities. The remote control unit uses radio frequencies, so you can control the PC even when you're in another room.

The All-in-Wonder range was an early pioneer of timeshifting. It allows you to pause a live TV broadcast so that you can come back later on and start watching from where you left off. This feature can now be applied to radio broadcasts as well. Thanks to pitchshifting, you can alter the speed of playback without changing the tone of voice. Only high-end users will quibble about the video recording facilities. Live video can be captured at the rate of 30fps and then transferred to DVD or VCD for future storage. A copy of Pinnacle Studio allows you to embellish the video with special effects and transitions for the full Hollywood effect.

Whether you're watching television or video images, you can make the windows translucent so that you can see the images and work on a spreadsheet at the same time. This is the first version of the All-in-Wonder to offer dual-monitor support, although the absence of a DVI connector is a slight niggle.

This isn't the fastest card available but it does improve on the specs of the original chip, boosting memory core speed from 300MHz to 325MHz. Combine this with smooth DirectX 9.0 support and you have a card that makes a better job of the latest games titles than the original 9600 Pro or the GeForce FX 5600. Games enthusiasts may look elsewhere, but for the rest of us the Sapphire shows what else you can do with today's graphics technology.

Sapphire All-in-Wonder 9600 Pro
Price: $399
Distributor: Achieva Technology
Phone: (02) 9742 3288

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Robin Morris

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?