The multimedia GeXcube ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 Pro combo proved to be a good product with numerous attractive features. Alas, there is always a fly in the ointment. The card is not free from a few drawbacks that need to be mentioned.
My biggest concern is the audio tract of the card. The level of pickups and noise it too high to be acceptable. Add to that the low sensitivity of the TV-tuner, resulting in a degradation of the received image. These are two main complaints about the hardware part of the product.
As for the software, it does what it has been written for, although minor errors would still occur. I also want to express my regret about the ATI FM Radio missing in the current version of the software bundle.
The performance of the GeXcube ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 Pro is up to the mark: the card will suit both gamers and multimedia fans. Coming at $249 (recommended price), this product is probably the best choice for a user who’s into multimedia and fast 3D. Overclockers, on the contrary, should look somewhere else, as the cooling system of the GeXcube ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 Pro won’t stand your cruel experiments!
Basing on the criteria, formulated at the beginning of the review, I would say that this product is not perfect for a business user. Notwithstanding its wide functionality, the card doesn’t support monitors with the digital (DVI-I) interface that are often used in a modern office. Otherwise, this card meets the demands of this user group.
As for a home user, there is only one serious flaw: the package doesn’t include a remote control unit. The thing is indispensable for those of us who like to control the multimedia combo from a soft sofa ;). However, you shouldn’t forget that I talked about the OEM-version of the product, while the retail version is sure to have a remote control unit with it. The high quality of the TV-out, typical of all cards on ATI VPUs, allows using this product with TV-sets. The owners of HDTV-receivers can also order a special D-Sub-to-YPbPr adapter on the ATI website to attach the receiver to the card.
So, here’s my verdict: the GeXcube ALL-IN-WONDER 9600 Pro is the best multifunctional combo now produced, capable of outputting the picture onto two monitors, boasting high performance, although not free from certain drawbacks. I hope the drawbacks will be corrected in the future versions of the product.
- Compact size;
- High performance in 3D;
- High quality of the image output to the TV-set;
- Support of dual-monitor configurations;
- Low noise level;
- Rich accessories.
- Relatively low-sensitive TV-tuner;
- High level of noise in the audio tract;
- No DVI interface;
- Minor flaws in the software;
- Radio-receiving functions are only available with the ATI MMC version 8.6