As we mentioned at the outset, the ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO is based around ATI’s flagship RADEON 9800 PRO VPU. If you frequent our hardware reviews, you’re probably very familiar with this graphics core already, so we won’t rehash all the details. The key highlights are that it’s based largely on ATI’s award-winning RADEON 9700 PRO core. It’s built on a 0.15-micron manufacturing process, which is pretty impressive considering its hefty transistor count.
The graphics core operates at 380MHz, when combined with the RADEON 9800 VPU’s eight pixel pipeline with one texture unit per pixel pipeline architecture, the ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO sports a texture fill rate of just over 3 Gigatexels per second, an improvement of 14% over RADEON 9700 PRO. ATI outfits the ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO with 128MB of DDR memory operating at 340MHz (680MHz effective). When combined with the core’s 256-bit interface to its memory, memory bandwidth tops out at 21.8GB/sec, an increase of 2GB/sec from RADEON 9700 PRO.
As far as we know, ATI has no plans to offer a 256MB variant of the ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO. When you consider the extra heat generated by its DDR2 modules as well as the added board complexity, we doubt a 256MB ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO card will ever see the light of day. After all, integrating a TV tuner and the Theater 200 chip on ATI’s current 256MB board design would not be an easy task. And with ATI’s current asking price of $500 for the RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB, an ALL-IN-WONDER version would be even higher, most likely anywhere from $550-$600. This would put it out of the price range of the vast majority of consumers (the ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO is priced at $450).
Here’s the complete spec list for the ALL-IN-WONDER 9800 PRO:
128MB DDR memory to generate the most detailed and immersive gaming experiences without sacrificing frame rates
256-bit memory interface delivers bandwidth for real-time 3D visuals and barrier-free performance
8-pixel pipeline architecture doubles the rendering power of any competing product currently on the market