"Pass on this product."1.5 starson by cokac
Pros: HDTV and Analog in one card
Cons: Software. The new Catlyst Control Center is not compatible with the old Multimedia Center.
Summary: The software is a big hit.
Install: Fine but, every time I reboot a folder opens on my desktop for the Catalyst Control Center (CCC).
The Application: is ATi's new CCC. Which, when opened, gives you the choice to launch a Video app (TV, DVD, file player, etc). This is a full screen app and takes 10 seconds to load (vs Ati’s older Multimedia Center [MMC] which is a quick launch bar). There does not appear to be a tivo function on the new card either. I can't pause live TV anymore (Boooo!). Changing channels is not pretty. A large bar rises up and covers half the screen. If I could figure out how to configure TitanTV (online TV guide) the bar would be filled with info. But alas, no info for me.
The Remote: The buttons on the Remote Wonder II are not compatible with some of the most important features. I could not launch the CCC without programming a button. With my All-in-Wonder (AIW) card all I needed to do was press the TV button and bam! TV. Or the DVD button and viola DVD player opened. With CCC watching TV is a 30 second two button process.
Video quality is not as good as the AIW card either. Although I suspect that is a driver issue. Even though I downloaded the latest drivers from ATI. HDTV looked good but I don't have a good enough antenna to keep a stream going to really test it out.
Basically, I'm going back to my AIW 9600xt or will try to upgrade to the x800xl. I really liked the ease of use with MMC and Guide+. CCC and TitanTV just aren't cutting it. BTW: my day job is "IT guy". So, if I couldn't figure it out... do the math.