Most new ATi Radeon cards have got a good review about them and have improved a lot over past ATi cards. ATi usually get negative feedback by reviewers but that is not the case this time with this new card. They usually lacked optimal performance in things such as new games which require extremely good video cards. This card includes 64MB of DDR Mmemory which is faster memory for better handling and performance. This card equals performance with other cards such as Nvidia Geforce which has been ATi's competitors and ATi have not lost the battle this time. This card outperforms many of Nvidia's cards. It is also a good card for all round users, whether its being used for applications, games or anything else. Its advantages does not end here with many other advantages such as its versatile card when it comes to TV features. There is a 125 channel tuner which comes with the GUIDE Plus+ program guide, which lets you search through programs and set up times and schedules. As most other cards, it also has the feature of outputting the monitor view to larger TV screens for larger viewing. This is a very useful feature. You can record video directly to your hard drive and software to do this comes in the package. I had problems installing the software at first, but this was a problem with my computer as my cd drive would not be detected. :) Nothing to worry about though. I would say that this card has beaten all other similar cards. I have to say that overall I was quite impressed with the whole thing.
I bought this card as a replacement to the Matrox Marvel G200. Some of my friends refer to Matrox as craptrox after my experience with my G200. The ATI on the other hand has out of the box support for Win 98/ME & 2000 Pro. With windows XP on the way. It easy to set-up and the TV output is the best I've ever seen, the recording quality from TV is outstanding and works fine with my PIII800. One of the problems that it shares with my Matrox is that the screen area for TV output doesn't fill the screen properly. This leaves a black border around the screen. Although it does have adjustment I still can't get it perfectly to fit my screen, but it is better than the Matrox for this. Gameplay on hitman for instance is amazing, my old 8MB Matrox is jerky and false, but the ATI is as smooth as a baby's bottom. Colours are rich and full of vibrancy. All in all it's cool and much better than ATI's previous efforts.
The hardware itself is great. Blisteringly fast graphics thanks to the radeon chipset and more input and output connectors than you can shake a stick at. The main problem is the drivers that ATI supply you with. Basically the drivers are buggy, badly written, and do not appear to support much else than an Intel chipset motherboard. If you have a VIA chipset then forget this card until ATI produce some stable drivers for it. For the price of the card it is not worth it and if I were buying again I would not touch it with a bargepole.